13 Jul President and CEO, Jackie Harriss, Featured in The Daily Record’s Path to Excellence Magazine
“For instance, the Sykesville-based Copper Ridge community is one location where nonprofit Integrace provides nation- ally recognized neurocognitive support for those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and many other forms of cognitive change.
“Integrace hosts a monthly social club at Copper Ridge for people living with early onset dementia, and everyone who attends lives at home. Integrace President and CEO Jackie Harris said the activities like drum circles, gardening, yoga and painting are designed to celebrate rather than focus on what people have lost.
“’It’s always fun and inspiring to catch up on all the wonderful and exciting things everyone has done since our last meeting,’ Harris said in an email. ‘Whether it’s
traveling or going on cruises, or spending time with their families, these individuals don’t let their diagnoses define them or stop them from doing everything they have always loved to do.’
“Integrace oversees three senior living communities as well as neurocognitive support programs at Copper Ridge and the Integrace Institute and neurocognitive clinics in Easton and Sykesville. Harris thinks of aging as a time for learning, growth, change and contribution.
“’For us, it’s our sacred mission to em- power and inspire people to live in a way that’s most natural to them,” Harris said. “If everyone would look at aging through the lens of abilities instead of disabilities, together, we could transform the current perception of aging.'”
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