What Daily Life In Memory Care Looks Like

When it comes to healthy aging, quite honestly, there’s a lot to do. You’re supposed to make sure to keep your body active and your brain engaged all while maintaining your social connections as well. Sure, the benefits to your overall well-being are worth the effort, but retirement is supposed to be a time with less responsibility on your plate, right? Well, it turns out that in senior living you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. Here’s how programs like our Vivid Life make keeping active, engaged, and connected easy and fun! 

Benefits of Healthy Aging 

Good things happen when you focus on healthy aging. In addition to feeling better overall, which in and of itself is a win, other benefits of keeping active, engaged, and connected include:  

  • Improved ability to do everyday things ​ 
  • Reduced impact of illness and chronic disease​ 
  • Enhanced mobility, flexibility, and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy level
  • Reduced feelings of depression and stress
  • Increased feelings of happiness and self-confidence
  • Reduced risk of cognitive decline 
  • Increased mental adaptability and cognitive reserve 
  • Improved memory recall and problem-solving skills 
  • Improved concentration and attention to detail  

How Senior Living Can Help 

At home, particularly when living alone, it can be hard to stay as active, engaged, and connected as you’d like. From lack of opportunity to lack of motivation to lack of transportation to mobility challenges, and more, it’s tough, we get it! That’s why we created the Vivid Life program in our senior living communities. It’s composed of three parts: Vibrant Body, Vibrant Brain, and Vibrant Connections. Here’s what each entails:  

Vibrant Body We offer amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pool, walking trails, gardening opportunities, and even a dog park to help you stay active. A sample of activities includes:  

  • Walking club – Daily walks at different outdoor locations using pedometers to measure steps. 
  • Yoga – At least once per week for gentle yoga, and once per week for mindful breathing. 
  • Fitness classes – At least two times per week using a variety of hand weights, resistance bands, and circuit-type exercises. 
  • Tai Chi – At least once per week with a live instructor. 
  • Non-traditional exercise – Dancing, gardening, etc. at least two times per week. 
  • Physical games and sports – Golf, putting, bowling, croquet, bocce, and ping pong available daily with organized events one to two times per week. 

Vibrant Brain We offer monthly calendars filled with classes, events, creative arts, and enrichment opportunities to help keep you engaged. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Visiting lecture series – Twice per month with topics such as cultural, historical, local interest, career-oriented, etc. 
  • Creative art series – At least one per week with a theme that runs 3-6 weeks, such as poetry writing, storytelling, painting, digital photography, etc. 
  • Learning series – At least three times per month with an emphasis on learning something new such as foreign language, sign language, technology, hobbies, etc. 
  • Games – At least one time per week and may include poker, bridge, Scrabble, etc. 
  • Mindfulness – A meditation class once per week and gratitude discussion group twice monthly. 
  • Church service – At least once a week through visits by local churches. 
  • Stress reduction – At least once per month class that offers deep breathing exercises, nature walks, music appreciation, spa-type treatments, etc. 

 Vibrant Connections We offer resident-led clubs, social events, outings and volunteer opportunities for any interest to help you stay connected. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Outings – At least twice per month and may include going to concerts, art shows, museum visits, theatre productions, etc. 
  • Intergenerational programming – At least once per month and focuses on building relationships between young adults/children and residents. 
  • New resident welcome party – At least once per month to formally introduce all new residents, and includes ice breakers, social games, etc. to encourage connection. 
  • Philanthropic program – At least once per month provide residents the opportunity to give back to the community, such as volunteering for a local food bank or pet shelter. 
  • Resident-led clubs – May include game clubs, professional clubs, common interests, etc. that meet at least monthly.  

What’s more, it’s all right outside your door (or transportation is provided offsite) and all in a supportive environment with home maintenance, housekeeping, and restaurant-style dining freeing your time to make it even easier to stay active, engaged, and connected. 

Learn more about Vitality Living’s Vivid Life programs. Or find a Vitality Living community near you today to schedule a tour. 

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If you’ve been researching memory care for your loved one then by now you likely know the basics: that these communities are designed just for those individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. They feature specially-trained staff, personalized support, 24-hour supervised care, and a safe, comforting environment. But how exactly do memory care communities help your loved one to thrive? We can’t speak for everyone, but here’s what daily life is really like in memory care with us.

Engagement-Focused Memory Care

Our Vital Brain Program is an engagement-focused philosophy that’s founded on the belief that everyone has an innate ability to learn and succeed no matter the degree of cognitive impairment. That’s why we focus on what our memory care residents can do or want to do – not what they have lost – so your loved one can live their best life regardless of where they’re at in the disease.

Key components of our Vital Brain Program include:

  • Opportunities to build cognitive strength
  • Learning and experiencing new things 
  • Practicing stress reduction
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Daily Life in Memory Care

We believe the environment in memory care serves as the foundation for daily life. Our communities feature a neighborhood concept that’s secure and specifically designed for independence, engagement, and success, with lighting and colors chosen to be calming. The private or companion apartments are lovely, and there is plenty of access to fresh air and sunshine.

Each day your loved one will have numerous ways to engage their brain through cognitive health programs and creative outlets such as art and music. We offer social activities and amenities that encourage connection with others as well as enrichment opportunities in small group settings. 

It’s common for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia to struggle with stress and agitation. We find that spending time in nature can help with stress reduction. Some of our communities feature walking paths, conservation spaces, and meditation ponds to offer a sense of calm, comfort, and relaxation plus meditation classes to help as well.

As such, a typical daily schedule in our memory care communities may have options like this:

9:30 a.m. Visiting Lecture – Art Deco ArchitectureCreative Art Storytelling
NoonMindful Meditation – EnergizeSpanish Class
3 p.m.Virtual ArtDigital Photography Class
4 p.m.Podcast ClubMusic Appreciation in the Courtyard
6:30 p.m.Using FaceTime, Skype, and Google ChatMindful Meditation – Relaxation

Your loved one will also be able to enjoy a dining experience that not only features chef-prepared meals that are as nutritious as they are delicious but also promotes independence. We do that by offering finger foods and meal selections that are easy to chew, easy-to-grip cups and utensils, and the setting is comfortable and relaxed. Dining assistance is also available for your loved one if needed.

But helping your loved one thrive each day also includes compassionate care from our specially-trained team, which includes personalized support with bathing, dressing, and other daily tasks, medication assistance, and services such as housekeeping, laundry, and transportation.

Check out our The Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Early Signs of Dementia to learn more. Or, contact us today to schedule your virtual tour!

 

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