Gardening provides either physical or cognitive benefits to seniors living with dementia. Here are some gardening activities that seniors with dementia should try.
Memory Care Program Training Goals
Achieve Self-Esteem, Confidence, and Independence
We understand that some activities may ease memory care diseases at Discovery Village Alliance Town Center retirement communities. Examples of such activities include:
- Motivating our residents to take part in activities actively
- Maintaining fitness, both mentally and physically
- Celebrating all achievements and advances in progress
- Sustaining social or spiritual friendships
- Homing in to grow your strengths rather than your weaknesses
Discover Dining Delights
- When needed, nursing assistance promotes a more intentional focus on dining.
- Meditative Dining is where residents can eat meals in a quiet, calm setting at regular times.
- Mobile Feeding caters to residents that cannot sit still for a meal or wander off regularly.
- Nutritious home-cooked meals that are nourishing for seniors
Discover Fun and Engaging Activities
- Activities that might suit all senior memory care patients, factoring in their physical needs
- Friendly, non-competitive, non-threatening activities
- Group or one-to-one activities that driven by realistic goal setting
- Activities and events that can accommodate residents’ memory spans
Discover Friendships and Belonging
- Fun activities that strengthen confidence and boost self-esteem
- Promote active engagement in personal care activities to give seniors a better sense of control or greater independence
- Promote social bonds or relaxation through leisure activities or games that raise the quality of life
- Self-care activities that improve one’s perception of how the senior is viewed by their peers, kin, and community
Outdoor Gardening Activities
Gardening remains a great way to venture outdoors and maintain an active life or connect with others. Digging out soil mounds and weeding or planting seeds may enable seniors to slow down and relax. Beyond this, they may reap the tasty fruits of their labor: blooming flowers or fresh vegetables.
Strolling around the retirement community remains a convenient way for seniors to keep busy and may be an opportunity for seniors to grow friendships.
Playing with Animals and Wildlife Outdoors
Akin to their human counterparts, animals desire and need to experience leisure. Hence playing with animals can prove beneficial for both animals and humans.
Furthermore, it is relatively easy to find animals to play with, even if you do not have pets. Consider that most animal shelters are open to seniors who seek to pass on their cats, dogs, or old pets for better care.
Memory Care at Discovery Village Alliance Town Center
SHINE memory care for dementia applies scientific principles to enhance lifestyle quality, comprehension, or participation for seniors living with dementia, like Alzheimer’s Disease or more memory-related issues. In our memory care community, you are supervised by a group of experienced team members that nurse with knowledge, empathy, and trained nursing.
SHINE memory care for dementia has earned a national Certificate of Recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association, America’s foremost voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s research and study. It is an award we share with a prestigious and exclusive group of U.S. memory care providers.
At Discovery Village, Alliance Town Center, we understand the challenges that people that have dementia are confronted with. When your family or loved ones join our memory care community, our mission is to facilitate seniors on a journey of being highly aware of their surroundings. All nursing staff are continuing education and specialized training about memory care illnesses. If you are the primary caregiver, find doctors you can relate with.