Psychiatric issues are some of the most common problems our resident seniors have to face. Depression, memory loss, and loneliness are among the most troublesome. However, simple therapeutic techniques can be used to make large strides to combat them. At Poet’s Walk, A Spring Hills Memory Care Community, we offer various forms of therapy for each individual’s needs. We take pride in seeing how far these simple steps can go for our residents.
Adult Coloring Therapy
Adult coloring therapy is proof that simple, fun activities can yield life-altering results for senior citizens. In recent years, there has been a surge in popularity for this therapeutic technique. Some of the proven benefits of adult coloring are:
According to Dr. Nikki Martinez of the Huffington Post, adult coloring utilizes both hemispheres of the brain. It also helps enhance focus and concentration, while improving problem solving and organizational skills. Adult coloring is a great way to exercise your mental strength, while enjoying a low stress activity that provides you with an opportunity for creative expression.
Adult coloring is a relaxing activity that can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and stress. We’ve been able to see the benefits that adult coloring can have on senior citizens in our communities, as Zuleyma Montoya, Director of Recreational Services for our parent company, Spring Hills, in Mount Vernon, comments, “We have seen that adult coloring, as a therapeutic technique, is a fun activity that has a certain calming effect that you do not see with other, more traditional avenues. Coloring, in its nature, is excellent for relieving tension, but senior citizens especially seem to enjoy the simplicity of coloring because it reminds them of their childhood.” Adult coloring is proof that you’re never too old to express yourself and have fun with a coloring book.
Music has the extraordinary power to connect us to ourselves, our past, and each other. Through the discovery of an individual senior resident’s musical preferences, personalized playlists can be created for individualized listening experiences as well as group programs such as drum circles, sing-a-longs, and live performances. Benefits of music therapy include:
According to a study from Finland which was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, both singing and listening to music were proven to be effective in alleviating depression and anxiety, especially for those with milder dementia.
Promotes Social Interaction
Music therapy provides an opportunity for seniors to bond with their peer group by singing along to certain songs that give them feelings of euphoria. Director of Recreational Services at Spring Hills Somerset, Susan Zahorchak, has been able to see the benefits of senior residents engaging in music therapy first-hand, “Music is acknowledged as our universal language and its appropriateness as a therapeutic tool is obvious. Familiar melodies can help generate improvement in cognition, verbal skills and social interactions. It can put a smile on someone’s face and help encourage participation in activities that might otherwise be less productive.”
However, one of the most important bits of information to remember when it comes to therapeutic methods for seniors is a quote offered by the founder of Cognitive Dynamics, Dr. Daniel C. Potts. He claims that “There is some good evidence that the available therapies may work best in combination—for example, art therapy plus music and dance.” That is why, at Poet’s Walk, we offer all of our therapeutic programs to enhance the lives of our residents.