Research indicates that music can relieve stress, reduce anxiety and depression, and reduce agitation. Music can also benefit caregivers by reducing anxiety, assisting in socialization, enhancing and helping residents to recall language skills, enhancing movement, and by lightening the mood. Exposure to art and music might help with troublesome symptoms and enhances the quality of life for sufferer, caregiver, and family. Music provides a way to connect with loved ones who have Alzheimer's - especially those who have difficulty communicating.
Here at Cottage of Davison, we really get to know our residents and their families so we can better understand the things that are most important to them. Forming this close connection enables us to provide our residents with the care, support, and inspiration they need to lead lives with a real sense of purpose. To this end, we complete a family history for every resident to welcome them to their new home. In addition, each of our homes utilizes an hourly life enrichment calendar and sets aside time for our residents to spend with our Life Enrichment Coordinator.
We offer designated life enrichment activities every afternoon, including:
Life skill stations have been designed to "spark memories". The goal of life skill stations is to create small vignettes that help dementia residents spark old memories and create activities that encourage interest, movement, and interaction.
We know through experience and research that those who have dementia suffer memory loss with more recent events, as well as having difficulty finding the right words and phrases. Since long-term memory loss tends to be experienced later in the disease process, life skill stations are uniquely helpful in the retention of memories from years past. Check out our Life Skills Stations page for more information.