Most people tend to think that dementia is a specific disease. This is a misconception – it actually refers to the general impaired ability to think, remember, or decide on things relating to everyday life. This is a symptom of many different conditions, but the most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.
Here at Discovery Village At Deerwood, we offer specialized memory care for people who are coping with dementia, as we understand that it can be tough both for the individual and the family to deal with the symptoms. In the program, we introduce suitable activities to help dementia patients improve cognitive functioning. Here are some examples you can try out at home.
These activities are a form of cognitive stimulation that can help dementia patients to associate or remember things, places, events, and people from their past. An easy way is to look through photo albums, retell stories, and even create a scrapbook that helps them to organize their thoughts. If they are capable, another option is to spend time with family to bake, make, and eat a significant family recipe together.
One way to engage patients with dementia, regardless of fitness levels, is to use hearing activities. Not only can this help with cognition and relaxation, but it can also help to boost their mood. However, it is important to adjust the level of the audio to suit the hearing of your older adult. You can consider playing natural sounds like sounds of nature from a rainforest or even play their favorite songs from the past. Something else to consider is to recite poems to them or encourage your loved ones to sing along to the songs that they recognize.
Introducing your loved ones to different textures and materials can help to stimulate the different nerve receptors and brain paths. By engaging the neurons in the brain, your loved one can form new associations and memories. By offering different items and material samples like plastic fruits, seashells, pines cones, and even sandpaper, you can help to trigger memories.
Choose Discovery Village At Deerwood For Quality Memory Care
In our SHINE® Memory Care program, we offer each resident a personalized, holistic treatment plan where they are able to take part in one-on-one and group activities that are catered to their attention spans while also being purpose-driven. These are aimed at giving them the chance to actively participate in different meaningful pursuits that can better their sense of independence, control, personal worth, and even success.
On top of this, our memory care living option provides a secure and safe neighborhood that takes into account residents’ happiness, convenience, and wellness during their stay with us. The team members that will care for them have also all received extensive training to provide better service.
Besides memory care, we also have exclusive living programs and amenities for all our residents to take part and live their best life yet!
For more information about Discovery Village At Deerwood, contact us today.