Dr. Bruce introduced our speakers for this day as Jack Poyfair and Patricia Riley from Vista Cove in Rancho Mirage.
Jack Poyfair, LVN, is the Executive Director of Vista Cove, in Rancho Mirage, a Licensed Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) and the Administrator as well. Prior to his current position which he started in September 2004, Jack worked for the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in Palm Desert and South Central Foundation Family Medicine Clinic in Anchorage, Alaska. He received his LVN license from the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver, Colorado.
Patricia Riley, MBA, is the Director of Community Relations and Marketing for Vista Cove. With more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare marketing, business development and communications, Patricia Riley joined Vista Cove at Rancho Mirage in August 2018 Prior to this position, Pat was the marketing director for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation West Region, which included three Betty Ford Centers in California and two Hazelden facilities in Oregon. In addition, she owned a consulting practice that provided marketing and communications services to various clients. She received her MBA from the University of Phoenix and undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Vista Cove is a Residential Care Facility for the elderly (RCFE) licensed as a 56 bed, assisted living community.  It is exclusively dedicated to serving Alzheimer’s and Dementia (A/D) residents with licensed nurses on staff in a community specifically designed for residents with memory loss.
Jack and Pat made an excellent power point presentation accompanied by a very informative handout covering everything from A/D statistics (like 6-8 Million Americans have A/D!) to the management and treatment of symptoms (since there is no cure), and things to do to help prevent A/D (including mental stimulation, diet, vitamin supplements, physical conditioning and stress management).  They also covered how to determine if someone has or is developing A/D as well as how to appropriately deal with a loved one who suffers from A/D.  They shared with us several tips on how to select a memory care community and all about Vista Cove.  [FYI, rates at Vista Cove start at $4,850/mo. and depending upon the level of care required can go up to $5,400/mo.]
I wish I could remember more… but if you are interested in learning more about Vista Cove please go to their website at:http://www.vistacove.net/index.html.