For members of the Cardinals Reminiscence League, baseball is more than a sport; it's a gateway to the past. The men and women in this group are die-hard St. Louis fans who also suffer from mild-to-moderate-stage dementia. Despite struggling with memory loss, many in the league are able to recall stories and events from decades ago when it comes to their beloved team.
"Talking about the Cardinals just brings them right back to childhood – it brings them back to who they were," said Susan Taylor, administrator of the National HealthCare Corp. home where several of the league members live.
The league is a homerun for those in the dementia community. Many have praised this simple, yet highly effective, program for its ability to deliver comfort and camaraderie in a challenging situation.
This article was originally published on Provider.com, a monthly magazine for long term and post-acute care professionals owned by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living. If you are caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's, you can find tips and resources right here on CareConversations.org.