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September 29, 2023

Cedar Trails Senior Living Memory Care Discusses Creating Engagement with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Brianna Wilson, Memory Care Director

In a world that thrives on communication, connection, and shared experiences, dementia poses unique challenges. It affects not only an individual’s memory, but also their very essence. As the number of individuals living with dementia continues to rise, it becomes increasingly important to explore ways to foster meaningful engagement.

Dementia can be an isolating and disorienting condition, creating a feeling of disconnect from the world they once knew and loved. However, beneath the surface of cognitive decline lies the enduring essence of the individual waiting to be nurtured and cherished. By embracing empathy, patience, and creativity we can create experiences that transcend memory loss and provide a lifeline to the person within.

The resident’s past interests matter a great deal even with a dementia diagnosis. In the Memory Care Neighborhood, we use these interests to create person-centered care. We never know where on their timeline a resident may be, so being able to utilize interests from multiple life phases is crucial. 

By adapting the pursuit to the resident’s cognitive level, we can ensure that each resident is engaged. One example may be instead of using written instructions for a game, we may give certain resident’s instructions in picture form. Engagement is vital in preserving a resident’s remaining abilities.

When it comes to engaging someone living with dementia, patience, empathy, and creativity are the keys to fostering meaningful connections. By embracing a person-centered approach, we can unlock a world of possibilities, enabling individuals with dementia to continue experiencing joy, connection, and a sense of purpose. Remember, it’s not about fixing what’s broken, but rather cherishing the unique qualities that make each person special. Together we can create moments of engagement where those living with dementia are valued and cherished for who they are, not just who they were.

Join us at Cedar Trails Senior Living on a journey to unlock the potential for engagement and connection with your loved one living with dementia. Together, we will discover the power of human connection that transcends the boundaries of memory, and in doing so, enrich the lives of those touched by this challenging condition.

The resident’s past interests matter a great deal even with a dementia diagnosis. In the Memory Care Neighborhood, we use these interests to create person-centered care. We never know where on their timeline a resident may be, so being able to utilize interests from multiple life phases is crucial. 

By adapting the pursuit to the resident’s cognitive level, we can ensure that each resident is engaged. One example may be instead of using written instructions for a game, we may give certain resident’s instructions in picture form. Engagement is vital in preserving a resident’s remaining abilities.

When it comes to engaging someone living with dementia, patience, empathy, and creativity are the keys to fostering meaningful connections. By embracing a person-centered approach, we can unlock a world of possibilities, enabling individuals with dementia to continue experiencing joy, connection, and a sense of purpose. Remember, it’s not about fixing what’s broken, but rather cherishing the unique qualities that make each person special. Together we can create moments of engagement where those living with dementia are valued and cherished for who they are, not just who they were.

Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including The Orchards Golf Club, Target, Eckerts Belleville Farm, Braeutigam Orchards, and the Belle Clair fairgrounds & Expo Center.

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