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Armbrook Village Announces Program Director of New Memory Support Neighborhood

The management team at Armbrook Village, Westfield’s newest senior living community is pleased to name Brenda Lopes as Program Director of their Compass Memory Support Neighborhood™, a state-of-the-art community affiliated with the Boston University School ofMedicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Lopes will be managing the memory care community, creatingand implementing innovative programming and overseeing the caregiving staff.

The Compass Memory Support Neighborhood™ is set to open along with Armbrook Village’s independentand assisted living neighborhoods in early spring.

Developed in affiliation with the Boston University School of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Compass Memory Support treats the symptoms of Alzheimer’s by putting cutting-edge research intoaction through social engagement, lifelong learning, exercise, the arts, and our award-winning BrainHealthy Cooking Program.

The Compass approach is gaining increasing support among leading international Alzheimer’s researchers who report that psychosocial interventions may be as effective in treating the symptoms ofdementia as current medications, and that diet and exercise can play a major role in the prevention andmanagement of Alzheimer’s.

Lopes comes from previous memory support program management positions at both Benchmark Senior Living and Emeritus Senior Living communities in nearby Connecticut and brings with her more than adecade of experience working in senior care.

“We are truly pleased to have such talent to spearhead Compass’s innovative program,” noted Beth Cardillo, executive director of Armbrook Village. “We are very excited to bring this award-winningprogramming to Westfield and our surrounding communities. We believe local families have been waitingfor a unique residential program like Compass that will improve the quality of life for their loved ones. Weare finally here. Compass residents will be in good hands with Brenda at the helm.”

Armbrook Village’s Compass Memory Support Neighborhood is designed to treat individuals with MildCognitive Impairment (early memory loss) as well as those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Compass Memory Support at Armbrook Village will offer:

  • 25 apartments with private and shared suites
  • Compass Memory Support programming
  • 24-hour trained personal care staff with high staff-to-resident ratios
  • Personalized Wellness Care Plan
  • Assistance with personal care, including leisurely bathing and dressing
  • Medication management
  • Family-style dining with meal choices incorporating healthy foods and delicious recipes based onour award-winning Brain Healthy Cooking Program
  • Reconnections Program, a curriculum-based adult learning program, specifically designed for those with memory loss
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award program which honors the unique life story of every individualand helps to combat the stigma and isolation of Alzheimer's disease
  • On-site Wellness Programs, including exercise classes
  • Supervised outings with transportation provided
  • Caregiver support groups and regular meetings with family members

Brenda and her family currently reside in Middletown, CT.

Those interested in learning more about Armbrook Village’s Compass Memory Support Neighborhood, or its Independent and Assisted Living options should visit or call executive director, Beth Cardillo, at 413-568-0000.

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