The new female-only wing opened last week and is equipped to service 22 clients in a neighborhood-style setting which includes furnished rooms and indoor common areas for activities.

MIAMI - Famed ballerina and Miamian Moscelyne Larkin's dance continues with a new state-of-the-art dementia care wing named in her honor at the Windridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Miami in 1925, Larkin was the only daughter Eva Matlagova-Larkin, a young dancer from Russia, and Ruben Larkin, a Shawnee-Peoria Native American. She would go on to gain international prominence as a ballerina dancing with the Original Ballet Russe and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, before returning to Oklahoma with her husband, Roman Jasinski, with whom she founded the Tulsa Ballet.

Larkin had Alzheimer's disease and died in Tulsa in 2012 from pneumonia. She is survived by her son, Roman Larkin Jasinski, and her legacy is honored through the Tulsa Ballet, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Coleman Theatre Celebrity Park, as one of the Vintage Garden Five Moons bronze sculptures and now the Moscelyne Larkin Memory Care Neighborhood.

The new female-only wing opened last week and is equipped to service 22 clients in a neighborhood-style setting which includes furnished rooms and indoor common areas for activities.

Rooms are not equipped with televisions to encourage clients to remain physically and mentally engaged within the wing, which boasts a serene and nurturing environment inside its own secured area of Windridge.

Outside each residential room is "Reminisce Boxes," providing a place for personal visual reminders highlighting life achievements, items of endearment, and photos.

Tapping into the latest Alzheimer's/Dementia care approaches, the Memory Care Neighborhood also incorporates sensory-enhancing features such as tactile and natural still life art.

Windridge also utilizes the Teepa Snow Memory Care Rehabilitation Program. As one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Snow’s work as a Registered Occupational Therapist for over 30 years led her to develop Positive Approach™ to Care techniques and training models that are used by families and professionals working or living with dementia or other brain changes throughout the world.

Group and individual activities are also a part of daily routines to maximize social interaction, and a safely enclosed outdoor courtyard features a large gazebo, green space, and areas for gardening further adding to the atmosphere of a community and home environment.

The nonprofit Bright Focus Foundation highlights continual engagement in physical and mental exercise and activities that are of specific interest to persons with Alzheimer's/Dementia are a means for both sustaining cognitive abilities and improving quality of life.

Windridge marketing agent Jamie Bowen said the Memory Care Neighborhood is the result of three years of development in response to a growing need for specialized long-term care for individuals in the Alzheimer's/Dementia disease process.

According to a 2016 research study published by the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of people aged 65 and older actively diagnosed with Alzheimer's in Oklahoma stands at approximately 62,000 with projections of a rise to about 76,000 by 2050.

"We are very proud of what we have created here," said Bowen. "Recognizing this need and growing our services to meet that need."

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Jamie Bowen at 918-540-2300 or jamie.bowen@pcitexas.net and visiting www.WindridgeNursingandRehabilitation.com.

Dorothy Ballard is managing news editor for the Miami News-Record. Email her at dballard@miaminewsrecord.com and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.