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Ask the Experts: Seniors & Aging


Brightview Woodmont Wellspring Village

Salome Y. Atapagrem, Director

4907 Rugby Ave.

Bethesda, MD 20814


Q: How do you create great days for residents with dementia?

A: I start by learning the hobbies and interests that make them happy and incorporating those things into structured and meaningful activities. I teach my team at Brightview Woodmont to reduce residents’ anxieties by acknowledging the different phases they are going through. We never seek to bring them into our reality, but instead join them in theirs.

Q: What advice do you have for dementia caregivers?

A: Educate yourself about the condition and ask for all the help you can get. Consistent, meaningful and interesting activities are key to keeping the brain engaged, possibly delaying progression.

Q: What advice do you have for someone exploring a career in senior living?

A: Learn the best, most up-to-date techniques to help mal-oriented and disoriented residents live with dignity. My path was to get all the credentials I could, so I became a Certified Dementia Practitioner, a Certified Validation Worker and a Certified Validation Group Practitioner. Those credentials, plus increasing experience, allowed me to grow throughout my professional career. I have served as a life enrichment manager, memory care coordinator and assisted living manager.

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