Leading memory care communities are turning to holistic methods of memory loss treatments for several reasons, including evidence-based proof in their success as well as their ability to enhance daily life. Consider the following:
- Fewer Medications – Holistic therapies can sometimes eliminate the need for certain medications, such as anti-depressants. Fewer medications mean fewer unwanted side effects and negative drug interactions.
- Impacts the Whole Person – By definition, Holism recognizes that the whole is more than just the sum of its parts. Holistic treatments don’t just focus on physical benefits, but emotional, social and intellectual ones as well.
- Highly Personal – No two people with Alzheimer’s is the same. Holistic therapies are easily customizable to each individual based on their personal interests, abilities, and desires.
Some of the more popular holistic treatments used with those with memory loss include:
Music Therapy – Listening to or making music has a powerful effect on those with Alzheimer’s disease. Music stimulates many parts of the brain at once, making it a useful tool for cognitive “exercise.” Music can help with memory care residents by enhancing mood, strengthening cognitive abilities, encouraging movement and promoting socialization.
Art Therapy – Creating art, no matter what the medium, can be therapeutic for those with memory loss. Not only does it allow them a mode of self-expression (especially when speech becomes difficult), but it also promotes feelings of accomplishment and self-worth. The opportunity to exercise one’s creativity enables them to tap into different parts of their mind and personality that may have become buried underneath their disease.
Pet Therapy – Often, the symptoms of memory loss can cause embarrassment and, subsequently, a withdrawal from social situations. An animal provides an experience where a person is free to interact without fear of judgment or acknowledgment of their disease.
Aromatherapy – Aromatherapy is based on the theory that essential oils derived from plants have beneficial properties. It can be effective in helping people with Alzheimer’s to relax. Some evidence claims that certain oils may even help improve cognition among dementia patients.
Reminiscence Therapy – Intentional reminiscence can be a great engagement tool for those with Alzheimer’s while also promoting recall. By looking through old photo albums, listening to favorite records or watching old films together, seniors and their loved ones can spend meaningful time together while helping the person with dementia reclaim a sense of normalcy.
Sensory Stimulation Therapy – As mentioned previously, stimulating the senses can be therapeutic for those in the late stages of Alzheimer’s. Using touch, smell and sound (more frequently than taste or sight, which often diminish with the disease), caregivers can promote comfort and memory recall for the person. Items such as an old blanket or perfume they no longer use can bring back happy memories and reconnect them to their past.
The Art of Living
At Tuscan Gardens® of Venetia Bay, we’ve mastered the art of living. We’ve perfected the balance of personalized support and an uplifting lifestyle, helping our residents experience independence, joy, and meaning every day.
Offering supportive independent living, assisted living and memory care services for families in Venice, Florida, Tuscan Gardens of Venetia Bay was founded with one simple, yet profound goal – to create a community worthy of our parents. In all we do, we are guided by the principles of family, culture, and engagement, working to represent the remarkable way of life our families deserve.
The essence of our community is made up not only of mere aesthetics but an artfully designed lifestyle to bring out the best of what each day has to offer. From dedicated care that respects residents’ individuality and dignity to a lifestyle that nurtures their love of life, Tuscan Gardens was built to be more than just a residence, but a place to call home.