2016-01-20 / Voice at the Shore

Alzheimer’s Garden named “Innovative Program of the Year”


Pictured (from left) at the LeadingAge New Jersey award ceremony in Princeton on Dec. 9 are Seashore Gardens executive director Janice Cambron, CEO Martin H. Klein and director of recreation and volunteers Missy Rundio, and development coordinator Sharon D’Angio (standing). Pictured (from left) at the LeadingAge New Jersey award ceremony in Princeton on Dec. 9 are Seashore Gardens executive director Janice Cambron, CEO Martin H. Klein and director of recreation and volunteers Missy Rundio, and development coordinator Sharon D’Angio (standing). The Alzheimer’s Sensory Trail and Healing Garden at Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC) has been named “Innovative Program of the Year” by LeadingAge New Jersey, the statewide association of not-for-profit senior care organizations that is dedicated to advancing quality aging services in the state.

The Alzheimer’s Sensory Trail and Healing Garden at SGLC is an important component of care for Alzheimer’s patients, according to SGLC administrator Alysia Price. The garden features multiple raised bed gardens with fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and plants indigenous to the Jersey shore. There also are garden sculptures and art, as well as places to sit and reflect. In addition to enjoying the fresh-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs in their foods, residents share in the watering and care of the plants. These activities provide an important physical and emotional link for SGLC Comfort Care residents, while also giving them an opportunity to interact with staff and each other against a background that changes with the seasons.

The Alzheimer’s Sensory Trail & Healing Garden is made possible through generous donations from the community and support from AtlantiCare Growing Green, the Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA), and the Rutgers Master Growers Cooperative.

Seashore Gardens Living Center is a nonprofit home for the aged in Galloway Township that is guided by Jewish tradition, law, and charity and dedicated to enriching the quality of life for its residents. For more information, visit www.seashoregardens.org. .

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