Providing Stimulation for Those with Memory Loss

Listen to Music

It is not uncommon for seniors, especially those with dementia, to experience some degree of memory loss. Music not only enhances the mood of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s, but it also improves their memory. Doctors at Mayo Clinic note that, “Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.” By being able to remember the words and sing along, seniors are able to feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment while accessing memories that those around them may have thought were lost.

Do Arts and Crafts

It can be difficult to accommodate seniors with dementia, an illness that makes one significantly mentally impaired. The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as, “An overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.” Art therapy can be a great way to treat dementia. This therapeutic activity can stimulate the brain and spark old memories as well as help substitute language for those who have difficulty speaking. Consider carving out some time during the day to create any form of art to boost brain functionally.

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Listen to Music

It is not uncommon for seniors, especially those with dementia, to experience some degree of memory loss. Music not only enhances the mood of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s, but it also improves their memory. Doctors at Mayo Clinic note that, “Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.” By being able to remember the words and sing along, seniors are able to feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment while accessing memories that those around them may have thought were lost.

Do Arts and Crafts

It can be difficult to accommodate seniors with dementia, an illness that makes one significantly mentally impaired. The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as, “An overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.” Art therapy can be a great way to treat dementia. This therapeutic activity can stimulate the brain and spark old memories as well as help substitute language for those who have difficulty speaking. Consider carving out some time during the day to create any form of art to boost brain functionally.

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Interaction with Pets

Our furry friends are a part of the family and have therapeutic attributes that can improve the health and quality of life for you or your loved ones. Pet therapy has shown positive results for individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, especially when dogs are present. A study conducted at the Veterans Hospital presented, “Residents had more verbal interactions with each other when a dog was present in the room than when there was no dog present.” Pets can also be a great way to start up conversations and can bridge the gap between people of all ages.

At Poet’s Walk, a Spring Hills Memory Care Community, we take pride in our ability to offer mental stimulation to our seniors in a plethora of different ways. Our traditional community activities are offered all year for residents to enjoy. However, our programs are highly interactive and engaging to move the body, intrigue the mind, and inspire the spirit. To learn more about our Signature Programs, click here.