Dementia Care

Dementia is an overall term for diseases and conditions characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia.

Using sensory stimulation therapy helps people with Alzheimer’s disease: everyday objects can trigger positive emotions and memories. Using everyday objects to stimulate senses can trigger emotions and memories in seniors with Alzheimer’s who have lost their ability to connect with the world around them.

At A Senior Retreat, Adult Day Services our most prominent diagnosis that our team works with is Dementia. In our adult day care center, we have “interactive” decor, such as our wall of hats, handbags and scarves.

Friends are encouraged to dress up and have fun with whatever they choose.  Each handbag also has some bright colored jewelry, like clip earrings, necklaces and brooches that are appealing to the eyes and touch of those with various levels of dementia. One of the handbags is covered in white beads that is also positively stimulating to the touch for those with more advanced dementia. In our Quiet Lounge at the adult day care center, we have a basket full of colorful doilies that are great for sorting by colors or to enjoy the touch sensory of the fabrics.

We also offer craft time, where friends can get creative with hands on projects! Teaming up with Central Indiana Woodworkers, this will be the third year our friends at A Senior Retreat have donated their time and talent, providing toys for toddlers during the holidays. Just another way A Senior Retreat provides purpose for the older adults.