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A Visit to Clare Bridge

Clare_Bridge_of_Highlands_Ranch_ExteriorRecently, my travels have taken me to some different settings in Colorado Retirement world and the facility I’m going to tell you about today is another first for me.

Clare Bridge is located in Highlands Ranch. For those of you unfamiliar with our fair city, Highlands Ranch is a relatively new development located in Douglas County Colorado, on the south side of the Denver metropolitan area and I believe it has only been on our landscape since approximately 1981.

At one time, Highlands Ranch was just that, a working ranch. The one time Phipps property was sold in the ’70’s to an oil man developer named Marvin Davis. Davis had been an important wheeler dealer in oil and land dealings back in some of Denver’s earlier boom or bust days, and he quickly resold the property to Mission Viejo Company. I remember playing in the band the day they had the big change of ownership celebration and Bar-B-Que. We were standing out there on the open prairie in the blazing sun looking like cowboys and playing country tunes while all the cigar smoking dignitaries were giving speeches and running around drinking far too much whiskey for this altitude! Today, I’m still playing and singing but the prairie is all gone and there’s a brand new city under my feet! Highlands Ranch has a population well over 20,000. It’s young and vibrant and is looked upon as a very desirable upscale, middle class neighborhood to live in. Also, this is where we find a very neat, new, Brookdale Retirement community named Clare Bridge.

Clare Bridge Retirement specializes in Dementia and Alzheimer’s care and even though their facility is fairly new, they’re already adding on to their building. The day Kimberly Harmon invited me out to entertain, the first thing I noticed when I drove up was a new construction addition onto an almost new facility. Once inside, you get to meet the staff and begin to get a feel for what it is that makes this place tick. As usual, it’s the people!

Clare Bridge has a great staff from top to bottom. Everyone I met is there to do their job the best way they know how, and make sure that every residents’ care and comfort is job number one. How could you not have fun entertaining in a setting like that?

Entertaining folks with Dementia and Alzheimers is it’s own bag of tricks. Even though these are people who may have lost some ability to appreciate certain things, they haven’t lost their appreciation for music! That goes double if it’s familiar music and has a good beat! So……that’s exactly what we did! All kinds of familiar songs that they could sing and tap their toes to and some even got up and danced a few steps! I don’t know if Hank Williams had any idea he was writing an anthem for folks with Alzheimers when he wrote “Hey Good Lookin,'” but he did, and someday….we need to thank him for that!

So, thanks Clare Bridge! Keep going and keep up the good work! I sincerely hope we get to do this some more!

As usual, send me your critiques and comments and I’ll use them if I can.

Thanks again,
Posted by All Around Seniors at 7/31/2013 6:40 AM


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