Pokémon Go benefits Birches resident with memory loss
Aug 18, 2016 8:50 AM - For the past two months, Pokémon Go-mania has swept the nation. Whether you're at a park, mall or grocery store, you're bound to run across people playfully searching for Pikachu and friends. Recently, this craze even made its way to a slightly unexpected place--the hallways and courtyards of The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills. While the average Pokémon Go user is likely in his or her teenage years rather than senior years, it seems this popular game has something to offer the over 65 crowd too. Claire Sacchetti, a resident of The Birches' memory care neighborhood, recently started playing Pokémon Go at The Birches with her daughter-in-law, Kathy Sacchetti. So far, it's been a great source of mental and physical stimulation for her, says The Birches' Director of Encore and Dementia Care Services Katie Schaff Fagan.