One of the best parts of my job as an estate planning attorney at Meier Law Firm is getting unique glimpses into other people’s lives, hopes, and legacies.
Today, I had the special experience of touring Silverado Senior Living’s Newport Mesa Community, a service dedicated to caring for and loving people affected by dementia. They call it a community, and not a facility, because they understand that everyone deserves to be part of a community no matter what challenges they are facing. They also call their patients “residents” so they and their family members know that they are more than their disorder, they are a person who still has a very special purpose.
Because Silverado lines their hallways with beautiful display cases honoring each resident’s life, I saw how many residents had doctorates, medals, crosses, awards, and special family photos, showcasing the beautiful life they experienced before their dementia. But more importantly, I saw that dementia was not the end of their story or journey. I think the thing that touched me most was seeing a beautiful garden outside, and learning that one of the residents spends his time planting and maintaining all of the plants and flowers for others to enjoy. Despite battling dementia, he is still making the world around him a better place. I know I was definitely touched by his contribution.
Thank you Silverado for sharing your community with me and showing me that no challenge can hold one back from living their life with purpose, and making the world around them a better place. For more information on my friends at Silverado and how we can help those affected by dementia, visit silveradosenior.com.
Laura K. Meier