The Kensington Redondo Beach is pleased to welcome Patti Davis, daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, for an intimate conversation on her 10-year caregiving journey.
Patti Davis will discuss taking care of her father during his Alzheimer’s disease, during an hour-long Zoom event on Sept. 22, as well as the books that this life-changing journey inspired.
Learn more about the upcoming event and how The Kensington Redondo Beach works to support our residents and their families through the latest Alzheimer’s research and caregiver resources.
Who is Patti Davis, and what is her Alzheimer’s caregiver journey?
When former President Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, his daughter, Patti Davis, stepped up to become his caregiver.
For the next 10 years, she rediscovered her father’s spirit and grew closer to him during her caregiver journey.
The Kensington Redondo Beach is excited to share Patti Davis’ story with caregivers in our community because we’re passionate about helping families connect with their loved ones despite their Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis.
Our team understands that there are few things more challenging than watching a loved one deal with memory loss as a result of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
However, there are still many beautiful moments ahead for you and your loved one, as Patti discovered, and our goal is to help residents and their families treasure these moments in a safe, peaceful environment.
How Patti inspires The Kensington Redondo Beach families and caregivers
Patti Davis has been inspiring people for years as an actress, author, activist, and advocate, and through her support group, Beyond Alzheimer’s.
Her caregiver journey led her to write two books, “Floating in the Deep End: How Caregivers Can See Beyond Alzheimer’s”, and “The Long Goodbye: Memories of My Father.”
During the Zoom discussion, Patti will lead an honest dialogue on her father’s disease and her family’s journey as caregivers, including how their relationships evolved over time.
She will provide helpful advice tailored specifically for the overworked, burned-out caregiver. The discussion will be moderated by Marianne Sciucco, founder of AlzAuthors.
The Kensington Redondo Beach hopes our community will find comfort and support in Patti’s story and can discover additional caregiver resources to improve and enrich their own journey.
The Kensington Redondo Beach is devoted to supporting caregivers in all stages of their journey
The Kensington team has found that the best therapy of all for our residents is keeping their families close at hand.
We encourage family and friends to visit as often as possible, and to lean on us for support whenever necessary. We know that by sharing caregiving responsibility, families are free to enjoy the pleasure of time spent together.
When families make the decision to trust us with the care of their loved ones, we work closely to keep everyone involved, whether it be sharing a meal or a walk, or simply enjoying time together.
We also welcome couples and beloved family pets to the community, to make the transition as comfortable as possible.
We offer numerous caregiver events and resources, including our Kensington Konnect page filled with recipes, events, news, books, music, and wellness tips.
We host a monthly Caregiver Connect virtual event, featuring interactive group discussions on topics such as family dynamics, managing difficult behaviors, and taking time for self-care.
Visit our events page to stay up to date with all of our upcoming caregiver events and happenings!
How transitioning to a community benefits both residents and caregivers
If caregiving becomes too much for a family, whether it be mentally, emotionally, physically, or financially, it can feel like you’re giving up.
However, this is far from the case. Moving your loved one to a community that is fully equipped to handle all their care needs is one of the most loving things you can do.
Not only are you giving your loved one access to expert care from those who are specifically trained in dealing with memory loss, but you’re also freeing up your own time to just be a daughter, son, brother, sister, spouse, grandchild, or friend.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are progressive, meaning symptoms will worsen over time. Moving your loved one to a community sooner rather than later can help them adjust comfortably to their new environment before their care needs advance.
The right memory care community will be there with you every step of the way to ensure the smoothest transition possible.
The Kensington Redondo Beach is your true partner in care and resources
The Kensington Redondo Beach team has the experience and expertise to support those with low care needs, those with extremely high care needs, and everything in between.
This is true “aging in place,” where residents can enjoy their independence and familiar routines while still being fully supported by staff.
We offer two specialized memory care “neighborhoods,” Connections and Haven, that are designed to accommodate specific levels of care.
We also offer the following onsite services and amenities:
- Full calendar of activity options, including small-group Pocket Programming
- Gourmet dining in an elegant main dining room
- Licensed nurses onsite 24 hours a day
- Rehabilitation services and fitness classes
The Kensington understands that the long-term health of our residents is largely influenced by their level of comfort and familiarity, which is why we offer far more services than traditional assisted living and memory care communities.
Patti Davis has written that while her father’s mind suffered from Alzheimer’s, his soul remained intact. She said she felt like she was seeing through to his soul.
We want all memory care residents and family members to be able to cherish the special moments ahead in our beautiful, safe, peaceful community.