In memory care units, patients enjoy a full social calendar that keeps changing in order to keep things fresh. These activities keep residents engages with a stress-free structure of planned fun activities that encourage the use of their current skillset.
Activities such as dancing, art classes, music programs, and brain games keep residents active. Socialization is also encouraged to improve the residents’ mood and memory function.
Regular exercise and physical activity led by specially trained physiotherapists and fitness instructors also help to boost and maintain brain function. Mnemonic exercises and strategies to remember things such as names can help dementia patients improve their memory and learning ability.
While it may be challenging to plan for or even think about the available options for care outside the home for your loved one experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s, understanding memory care facilities and the role they have is vital to maximizing their quality of life. By supporting your family members through specialized memory care, you can help them find a sense of self and to feel useful and involved in society instead of increasingly invalid and mired in despair.
Memory loss is not always caused by the Alzheimer’s. Other factors such as Parkinson’s, infectious disease, poor nutrition, dehydration, thyroid, and other hormonal imbalance, mental illness such as depression, anxiety, stress, and drug abuse can also contribute to memory loss. Specialized staff can map out the exact causes of memory loss in your loved one over an extended period in a stress-free environment.
Displaying positivity and confidence towards’ your loved one’s outcome once diagnosed with cognitive impairment and memory loss is imperative. Checking them into a memory care facility where the positivity can be reinforced with supervision, safety, schedule regulation, as well as home care, physical and memory activities, socialization, can be the difference between a slow recovery and total degradation of cognitive ability.
While it is entirely reasonable for everyone to experience declines in memory with age, there are things you can do to impede more significant loss. Ensuring your loved one is taken care of physically, mentally and emotionally in a memory care facility can make a marked difference to how their brain reacts to the aging process and how well they retain their memory.