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Life Enrichment

Dolan Memory Care Homes involve Residents in purposeful activities that are recreational and therapeutic. Our staff strives to engage all Residents to be the best of their abilities and promote the social engagement.


Sandi Antalick, Activities Director, MCAD, ADC

Kiera Scaife, Activities Assistant, CLM

Betty Vatterott, Activities Assistant, BFA

Troy Jones, a board-certified Music Therapist, specializes in musical experiences for older adults. Troy implements various instruments and encourages the Residents to engage and sing along to their favorite classes.

Becky Alexander. Our singer–pianist, Becky, was described by The New York Times as “a talented woman”. Her repertoire covers the music from the Great American Songbook, which includes popular Broadway show tunes. Becky accompanies our Residents as they perform their favorite songs during her sing-alongs. Because she gets to know Dolan Residents on a personal level, she gears her sets to match their favorite songs.

Mel Eberle. Mel is a singer and guitarist who plays acoustics from the 1930’s – 1950’s, creating a relaxing and soothing afternoon for the Residents. Mel has been known to visit with the Residents and brings a gentle presence to the houses.

Joe Ellegood. When Joe comes to Dolan, his contagious energy puts everyone in a good mood. His favorite artist is Elvis, and he knows how to get every Resident and CarePartner engaged, whether that means singing, clapping or showing off their dance moves.

Beverly Condray. Beverly is a musician, vocalist, and animated ventriloquist who plays the classics and encourages singing along. She engages Residents in every performance.

CHAMPS and Support Dogs, Inc. Volunteers from both organizations bring their therapy dogs to spread joy to the Residents. Leo, the corgi, performs numerous tricks and enjoys companionship. Many of our Residents grew up with pets and love having a furry friend visit.

Kateri. Interactions with animals have proven to have powerful therapeutic benefits to individuals with memory impairments. The first dog in our Dolan Dogs program is a 2 year old Border Collie/Corgi/Terrier mix. Kateri comes to us from the Puppies on Parole program and visits all nine Dolan Homes with her handler, Dolan Social Worker Mary Kate. Kateri graduated from basic obedience and advanced training courses. Within a year, Kateri, will be a certified therapy dog. Some of her tasks will include: alerting to falls, participating in cognitive therapy, and soothing episodes of sun downing. She has an impressive repertoire of tricks and can also identify and retrieve various items, colors and shapes.

Herschel. The second dog in our Dolan Dogs program and a Resident at Dolan at Schuetz. He is a 1 year old Chocolate Lab mix, and he is very sweet and playful. Herschel came to Dolan Memory Care Homes from the Puppies for Parole Program. He has graduated from basic obedience classes and is currently in advanced training classes. Herschel is on track to become a vested Therapy dog to aid the individuals with whom he lives. Some of his tasks will include: alerting to falls, participating in cognitive therapy, soothing episodes of sun downing and providing companionship.

Maddie. The third dog in our Dolan Dogs program and resident at Dolan at Conway. She is a laid-back, very sweet, 1 year old Chocolate Lab mix. Maddie came to us from the Puppies for Parole program. She has graduated from basic obedience classes and is currently in advanced training class. Maddie is on track to become a certified therapy dog to aid the individuals with whom she lives. Some of her tasks will include: alerting to falls, participating in cognitive therapy, soothing episodes of sun downing, and providing companionship.