At Laureate Group, we offer specialized programming at several of our locations for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. All of these locations provide a secure environment and 24-hour staffing, and all residents live in an apartment setting. Staff specially trained in compassionate dementia care offers the additional support needed to meet increased physical, medical, and cognitive needs of individuals with dementia.
The onset of dementia in a loved one can also be the onset of worry for the family because changes in behavior can be disruptive and difficult to understand.
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.
At Laureate Group we offer a comprehensive array of programs that can have the greatest impact including:
We offer regularly scheduled outings in the community to area restaurants and attractions, and scenic tours. People with dementia are still part of the larger community and can enjoy participating in activities away from home. Many senior communities do not include outings for those with dementia, but this is a key part of our programming every month.
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 intact.
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.
These have traditionally been a vital way to stimulate communication and promote confidence and self-worth in people with dementia. Thoughtful review of life events, relationships and contributions is a natural part of 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.
The best way to experience what makes our programming special is to visit with staff, observe some of these activities and talk to the people who will be directly responsible for your loved one’s care.