Our seven-day-a-week activities programs have been popular for years and form the core of the Therapeutic Community. Maxwell Jones wrote the book by that name and Dr. Hopkins adapted its principles and others to the life style of assisted living communities where dementia is prevalent.
The therapeutic community counters the effects of an asylum, the archaic approach to “warehousing” people whose mental illnesses were not well understood and consequently not well-treated.
People with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias were segregated and isolated in their living arrangements not so long ago.
The Fields opened with the philosophy that Alzheimer’s, while a known degenerative and eventually fatal disease, was not beyond “treatment” when the goals of treatment were understood.
We cannot cure Alzheimer’s.
We absolutely can modify the course of the illnesses, dramatically improve the quality of life for residents and families, and slow down the rate of complications from other medical problems.
To these ends, join me in welcoming Salina Clarke-Folger, Certified Recreational Therapist, to the activities departments.
Her UNH training is based in rehabilitation therapy, philosophy and practice.
We modified her approach so that successful outcomes are defined in our terms. She will introduce more structured assessments of new residents, continuous monitoring of residents’ responses to activities and identifying specific strengths and weaknesses in the stages of dementia for individuals that we can target for therapeutic activities.
Please say hello to Salina when you’re visiting and feel free to get involved with our activities. If you have ideas for individual or group activities you’d like to see us add to the core programming, please let us know.


Welcome Brianna Cusson, a 2014 UNH graduate with a BS in communications and a current graduate student in health administration.
As part of our commitment to make the activities departments more scientifically based and able to provide therapeutic experiences which influence the course of dementia, we’re reaching out to licensed recreational therapists and similarly trained people.
When they can adapt their training goals from “cure” to “cope,” they’ll be part of the next wave of dementia therapists. We’re seeing many dementia subtypes besides Alzheimer’s and implementing therapy and care approaches that are geared to the unique presentations of the subtypes.
Vascular dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Alzheimer’s, Frontal/Temporal dementia and Primary Progressive Aphasia are as different as the people who have them. We get to know the people and study the manifestations of the behavioral subtypes, then provide a better therapeutic experience in all regards.
Dementia care is entering a new therapeutic era. Bellamy and Watson Fields are constantly recruiting young graduates from academic disciplines who can see how their traditional skills can be applied to the largest and fastest growing population in need of fresh approaches to therapies.
When you visit Bellamy, say hello to Brianna and if you have some time, get involved with our speech and language initiatives.

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