Specialized Care for Alzheimer's Enhances Quality of Life

Anyone who has experienced the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in a family member can attest to how painful it is to feel that your loved one is slowly slipping away from you. Despite a fading memory due to Alzheimer’s, special traits of an individual, such as habits, sensory appreciation, social skills, long-term memory, emotional memory and a sense of humor do remain intact. Specialized programming can build upon strengths the individual has retained and enhance quality of life.

These programs take into account personal preferences, life experiences and individual strengths. Activities that rely on formally learned skills provide social interaction and support cognitive functions that are at the core of daily living. 

Specialized Care for Alzheimer's Enhances Quality of Life

At Laureate Group we offer a comprehensive array of programs that can have the greatest impact. These include: 

Reminiscence groups – Thoughtful review of life events, relationships and contributions is a natural part of the aging. Reminiscing is a successful activity, particularly in the earlier stages of the disease, because it relies on a person’s long-term memory that in Alzheimer’s remains intact. 

Visits - Spending time with family and friends reaffirms the sense of self and the value of relationships.  Visits, which include children and pets, provide a special experience. 

Physical exercise - Besides the obvious physical benefits, exercise also plays an important role in relieving stress, improving appetite, and helping an individual sleep better at night. It is important to balance physical activity with scheduled rest periods as fatigue can compound cognitive impairments. 

Baking - This is an important activity because it has the ability to awaken and stimulate all the senses. It is always a big hit, especially sampling the finished goodies. 

Music - Music has a way of touching us in ways unreachable by other means. This is no different for someone with Alzheimer’s. Music remains one of the most successful ways of interacting with individuals with the disease regardless of the level of cognitive loss. Playing music, singing or simply listening to old favorite melodies can tap into emotions that remain in tact.

Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, it has been demonstrated that specialized programming in communities designed for people with cognitive loss can enhance quality of life. Spouses and family also benefit from the peace of mind that comes with professional staff proving 24-hour care in a safe, secure and home-like environment.To learn more about the specialized programming in a safe, secure and home-like environment that is offered at Laureate Group Senior Communities.

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