“Before I Found PACE” is a new video series that is part of the PACE 2.0 initiative. The series will illustrate the need for expanding PACE through the stories and words of PACE participants and caregivers. Read more . . .
PACE began holding a Tai Chi class at the Shirley Landry Benson PACE Center at St. Cecilia as a pilot program for the State of LA Thursday, June 28, 2018. Lori LeDuff, Physical Therapist at PACE GNO and Alecia Oden, Occupational Therapist at PACE GNO, returned from Baton Rouge last week after becoming certified instructors in Tai Chi for fall prevention, seated Tai Chi, and Tai Chi for arthritis. They will participate in a study with the state of LA on fall prevention.
“Mind-body exercise, such as Tai Chi, is a type of physical exercise that combines physical and cognitive-stimulating activity. Tai Chi focuses on tranquility of mind to achieve longevity through meditation and life style modification. It is an alternate form of aerobic exercise with moderate intensity. Aerobic exercise can delay age-related brain atrophy, increase cerebral blood circulation, and stimulate neural cell regeneration. As an activity to promote cognitive stimulation, the meditation component of Tai Chi can improve attentional focus and executive function through learning a series of choreographed movements in continual sequence. As well, engaging in Tai Chi exercise in group settings allows elderly persons to maintain social contact with others, which can further benefit cognition through stress reduction and peer group support.
Systematic reviews and meta-analysis studies have reported Tai Chi training can improve general cognitive performance, memory, attention, language, and executive functions in older adults, including people with MCI. Effective management of IADL is dependent on memory, attention, and executive functions. Tai Chi can be conceived as an appropriate exercise for elderly persons to preserve cognitive health and functional abilities.”*
Classes will be regularly scheduled and held in the Wellness Center at the PACE GNO Eastbank Center.
*U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health – pub. 2018, Feb. 2; Mei-Yi-io and Diane T.F. Lee
Catholic Charities Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal 2017 had come to a successful end, and to honor the many donors and volunteers, the organization hosted an End of Campaign Celebration on April 25 at Archbishop Gregory Aymond’s residence.
National Nursing Assistants Week has been observed since 1977. This year Nursing Assistants Week is being celebrated June 14th through the 21st. PACE GNO recently gathered its Nursing Assistants for a photograph (as pictured above) at the Shirley Landry Benson PACE Center in celebration of their dedicated service exhibited by the special care and attention provided directly by the Nursing Assistants to PACE participants.
Antonio Dias, Executive Director of PACE Greater New Orleans, was a guest on Catholic Community Radio earlier this month! He called in to share the exciting news that, as of April 2, Hope Haven at St. John Bosco PACE Center in Marrero has extended its hours to include Monday through Friday from 8AM – 5PM, offering additional access to care and services on the Westbank.
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) Master of Occupational Therapy students are facilitating a six session wellness program at PACE GNO’s Shirley Landry Benson Center at St. Cecilia.
The program is based on Life Style Redesign, an innovative approach developed by the University of Southern California that has been shown to improve health and wellness by preventing and managing chronic conditions by building healthier lifestyles.
Trisha Ventura, a long-term member of PACE’s Occupational Therapy team, has been coordinating this effort in conjunction with Shannon Mangum, MPS, LOTR, Assistant Professor and five LSU students: Kristen Bienvenu, Kaitlyn Foret, Sally Richardson, Maggie Smith and Kaleb Spencer.
The group works with PACE participants to enhance their mentality and spirituality and encourage an active lifestyle through open discussions and storytelling. These classes focus on older adults living in the community and apply a strategy that promotes social interaction among the participants and their peers.
The program provides a safe environment for participants to talk amongst themselves rather than engage in one-on-one conversations with program directors.
“This encourages each participant to help each other. Peers are thereby able to set the direction of the activity while keeping the abilities of the group in mind,” said Sally Richardson.
Hope Haven at St. John Bosco PACE Center is proud to announce that starting April 2, 2018, the center’s hours of operation will be extended to include Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm. Under the direction of the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Board of Directors, Sr. Marjorie Hebert, M.S.C. President and CEO Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans,and Antonio Dias, Executive Director of PACE, the center will offer PACE participants additional access to care on the Westbank.
Hope Haven at St. John Bosco PACE Center is one of two PACE sites in the country (both in Greater New Orleans) to inhabit a retired and completely renovated church. Hope Haven was established in 1925 by Monsignor Peter Wynhoven to shelter and educate orphans and other children in need. St. John Bosco Chapel, the Spanish Baroque-style former church reminiscent of the decorative Churrigueresque style found in cathedrals throughout the New World, was for years used as a chapel for the community.
In 2014, the building received a $1.6 million restoration and began operating as an adult day health care program for the elderly under the direction of PACE Greater New Orleans, an affiliate program of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. The program also operates the PACE Greater New Orleans Shirley Landry Benson Center at St. Cecilia located on the Eastbank at 4201 N. Rampart St. and celebrates over 10 years of service to the elderly community.
PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) provides a comprehensive package of health services to keep elderly individuals living in the community. Services are customized and holistic to the particular needs of each participant and are coordinated by an interdisciplinary team of professionals. The extended hours will allow Westbank PACE participants who are age 55 or older and their caregivers a more convenient and viable option for services that include: adult day health care, transportation, medications, nursing care, rehabilitation and restorative therapies, medical care, pastoral care, social services, activities and recreation, caregiver support, hospitalization and nursing home care when needed and other specialty services tailored for their needs. For more information, visit www.pacegno.org or contact an intake coordinator at 504-835-0006.