Memory care programs provided in the scope of assisted living are all about creating an environment that minimizes the effects of memory loss and guiding assisted living residents through a lifestyle and activities which help to prevent memory decline.
The two most common neurodegenerative disorders that occur in elderly adults are Alzheimer’s and dementia. Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and the number is expected to rise to over 16 million by the year 2050. Dementia is characterized by a group of symptoms involving loss of memory, and degradation of thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily activities.
This is a major challenge because these diseases by nature do not have a known cure, and while researchers continue to search for cures, a large amount of research time is spent examining alternative treatments which seek to reduce symptoms, and slow the progression of the diseases, and significant progress has been made in this area. Memory care and assisted living facilities have been implementing these new evidence-based therapeutics. This includes special brain stimulating exercises, puzzles and other activities that exercise your brain and evoke creativity.
Some unfortunate symptoms and signs of memory disorders include agitation and anxiety that can arise with loss of cognitive power. Poetry has a calming and relaxing effect which is a natural counter to these symptoms. This is an interesting quote from a caregiver in an assisted living facility,
Dr. Daniel Potts is an attending neurologist at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center and founder of the Cognitive Dynamics Foundation in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He’s also a poet whose father started watercolor painting after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Potts says he witnessed his dad benefit from that creative expression and says poetry is also powerful in “tapping into the core of human beings and uncovering elements of their personhood.” Sharing poetry is a way for families to connect with their loved ones suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s by tapping into abstract forms of thought which help to stimulate memory.
Part of providing the best memory care is incorporating new discoveries into care programs, and assisted living communities providing memory care are working to incorporate creative sessions with poetry, arts, music and other activities to help improve symptoms in their residents.
My grandmother lives at the Ventura Townehouse and I feel confident that she is in good hands. They get her to her appointments and provide any aftercare that she may need. Everyone there is friendly and like family. I feel like I’m at home when I go there to visit her and eat with her in the dining room.
Recently, I visited my Mom from Chicago. Each day I offered to take us out and about in Ventura. We found ourselves having such an enjoyable time at the Townehouse we didn’t leave. The dining room was so lovey to enjoy with her friends. Patios welcoming and the activities kept us busy. We laughed and had fun all day! Thank you everyone for making me feel at home and making my visit special. It’s always hard to leave my mom. But not as hard when I know she is so happy! Until my next visit!
Staff is very helpful and always concerned about my Mother’s needs, the interior and grounds maintenance is exceptional. Dining provides healthy menus to choose from. Front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. Best decision we ever made was bringing my mom here.