What Engagement Looks Like in Memory Care

What Engagement Looks Like in Memory Care

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. 



If your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, you may be familiar with the term memory care. This type of senior living is designed exclusively for those with dementia and offers 24-hour care from specially-trained staff in a safe, comforting environment. These are certainly wonderful benefits, but if you’re searching for the right memory care community for your loved one, you want to make sure it offers them even more. While quality care and comfort are essential, keeping those with dementia engaged in life is what will help them thrive!

Here’s what engagement looks like in memory care in our communities.

Engagement-Focused Memory Care

Our engagement-focused philosophy for memory care is founded on the belief that everyone has an innate ability to learn and succeed, no matter the degree of cognitive impairment. We’ve designed our Vital Brain Program around this, from the environment to daily life.

Our memory care communities feature a neighborhood concept, which is secure and specifically-built for independence, engagement and success with lighting and colors carefully chosen to be calming and supportive. Not to mention, lovely private or companion apartments, as well as plenty of access to fresh air and sunshine for our residents.

We know that dementia affects each person differently. That’s why our care, including personal hygiene and medication assistance, and services such as chef-prepared meals, housekeeping, and transportation are tailored to each individual. We also tailor engagement, whether it’s social, fitness, or recreational activities, focusing on what our memory care residents can do or want to do, so they can live their best life regardless of where they’re at in the disease.


What to Expect from an Engaged Daily Life

Each day your loved one will benefit from opportunities to build cognitive strength and learn and experience new things through creative outlets such as art and music, as well as social activities and amenities that encourage connection with others in small group settings.

But it’s not just mental engagement that’s important. It’s important to keep your loved one active physically as well. That’s why we also create personalized exercise routines and nutrition plans for our memory care residents.

What’s more, your loved one will be able to enjoy a dining experience that not only features chef-prepared meals, but also promotes independence. We do that by offering finger foods and dishes that are easy to chew, easy-to-grip cups and utensils and a comfortable, relaxed dining setting. Dining assistance is also available if needed.

It’s common for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia to struggle with stress and agitation. To help, a component of our program also focuses on stress reduction through spending time in nature. Our communities feature walking paths, conservation space, and a meditation pond to offer a sense of calm, comfort and relaxation. We also offer meditation classes as well.

For more information, download The Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Early Signs of Dementia today. Or contact us today to schedule a tour.


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