MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - The last few days across the Inland Northwest have been remarkable when it comes to the weather, and a group of local seniors know how fantastic it is firsthand.
About a dozen people from the Brookdale Park Place Senior Living Center spent their Thursday morning fishing at at West Medical Lake. The trip is one to help stimulate their minds as most of them suffer from Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia.
The expedition is designed to reawaken abilities and memories for those who fished in the past and to introduce the others to a new endeavor.
"Alzheimer's and other dementias don't prevent people from wishing to do things they have always loved or from embracing new experiences," said Pat Johnson, executive director of Brookdale Park Place, said. "In fact, it's especially important to involve the memory-impaired in this kind of activity. It provides physical, emotional, social and even spiritual rejuvenation that can have a big impact on disease symptoms and enjoyment of life."
The seniors were accompanied by residents of Brookdale Park Place's independent and assisted living, who provided encouragement and friendship.