Dear Family and Friends —
The silk holly rope — beautiful in its simplicity — is swathed in tiny white lights and festive red plaid ribbon, draped over the archway. I sit in the early morning stillness and bathe in its warm glow, recalling long-ago — and more recent — memories of family and friends. The holly rope is a substitute for a tree, which I haven’t put up since 2007 — the year my precious Mom left us for Heaven just a week before Thanksgiving and five weeks before Christmas. Ah, the holidays . . . each year bringing enduring blessings, unexpected changes, life. Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun.” Read more . . .
- My husband is like an entirely new person since attending Spectrum at North Andover. He’s more alert and talkative. Really, I couldn’t be happier with Spectrum at North Andover. I have already recommended their services to other family members who are coping with a loved one’s memory disorder.
- Geri M.
- Every day at Spectrum at North Andover is a great day because every day brings something new and fun. I love going to the program!
- Noel C.
- Considering a day program for my husband, who has early onset Alzheimer’s disease, was a very difficult decision. I visited a number of programs before I toured Spectrum at North Andover, and the difference was enormous. The staff members are so flexible to my needs as a caregiver and so sensitive toward my husband’s needs and preferences. They provide amazing support for our entire family — my adult children included. Through and through, I am impressed and comforted by the expertise, compassion and skill of the entire Spectrum team.
- Deborah C.
- There are no words that can express the gratitude that Joe and I have for all of you in giving such excellent care to him. Not only do you care for him physically but emotionally as well and go above and beyond the requirements of the program. You have also become his friends and give him a reason to get up each day as you all give him something to look forward to. Love and bless you all.
- Joe and Elaine P.
- I hope you all know what good work you are doing at Spectrum. I’m sure it is easy to lose sight of that as you go into work each day. I’m sure you don’t feel that way when you’ve listened to the same story for the 15th time. But each of you is making a huge difference in the lives of the Spectrum clients and their families. I can attest to that.
- Joanne F.
- Words cannot convey the appreciation that I have for the loving care you have given my father over the past few years. A special thanks goes to Dianne for taking him under her wing and making him feel safe, secure and loved.
- Fondly, Cathy H.
- It takes very special people to do what you all do every day and we were blessed to have found you, especially my mother. With Spectrum’s help, my mom was able to stay at home with me so that I could continue to love and care for her. You gave me these last years with my mom and I am so thankful for that.
- Janet B.
- It has been a long journey for Mom and me. One that was often hard for me both emotionally and physically, but harder still for my mom, yet the one thing the disease could not touch was her joyful spirit. My mom has been my hero all my life, and she will remain my hero for the rest of it.
- Love, Judy B.
- Our mother taught us that it takes a village. Our mom was able to stay at home happy, safe, and singing because of the kindness and caring of so many people. Today we thank that village from the bottom of our hearts. That’s you, Spectrum!
- The Cotter Family
- For five years my mother was able to continue to live with me and my family, thanks in large part to the Spectrum Center. When I would ask her about Spectrum, she always said, Oh, I like it there. The people are nice. Then she would tell me how she led the exercise class that day or that she enjoyed listening to the gentleman who came to play the piano.
- Joanne F.
- The way you treat your clients with the dignity and respect that their age deserves is a wonderful testimony to the fact that you value these people for who they are, not what they become because of a disease.
- Brenda B.
- My sincere thanks to you for helping to make our lives so much nicer and easier. Tom is much happier and is trying to do more in the home — walking is better; talking about Spectrum and the people there; he listens and pays attention much faster than he used to. He seems to be getting younger in all aspects. He came home last Thursday and said he danced with Donna.
- Thank you again to each of you.
- Roz B.
- Your program enabled my brother Ray to remain in the community and be safe and maintain his dignity and independence for the past several years as his dementia progressed. Gail and Pam always offered up support and advice that helped me greatly stay ahead of Ray’s changing needs to avoid any crisis. Ray enjoyed everyone’s company, the wide variety of activities, dancing, music, restaurant trips and cookouts. We have all been blessed to have Spectrum in our lives.
- Marie G.
- What a blessing Spectrum has been for my family. Mom loves her “club” and my Dad has some time for himself. I don’t know what we would have done without you.
- Robert L.
- I want to thank the INCREDIBLE Spectrum staff for your kindness, patience and great skills that you shared with us. Your noble work is so important and it did my heart good to see my mother grow from resisting “The Club,” to looking forward to it. You are great human beings as well as skilled professionals.
- Chris M.
- Since I have been here, I have never had so much fun. I love all the people here.
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