Sing-A-Long at Orchard Park Illuminations Memory CareApril 18, 2016 | Orchard Park
From birth, music is a significant part of our lives, and becomes increasingly important as we age and grapple with health issues like dementia or Alzheimer's. Memory care services, like those offered at Orchard Park senior living community in Clovis, CA, engage our residents and help them remember important moments and people in their lives. Read on to learn about our musical memory care offerings, and the scientific research behind music as a preventative and therapeutic method for treating memory disorders.
Our memory care community offers a fun and educational Sing-A-Long program every Friday and Saturday, and every other Sunday and Wednesday, as a part of our Illuminations Memory Care program. Through our programming, we aim to promote safety, security, well-being and life enrichment for seniors facing Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Research supports our belief that music can boost mood and bring joy, especially for those facing chronic illnesses or memory disorders. We are dedicated to helping our residents rediscover themselves through the music of their youth, whether they are singing, listening to music, watching performances, or clapping along to the radio.
Our Sing-A-Long program uses singing as a means to retrieve memories and encourages socializing, both of which can be very difficult for individuals facing memory disorders. In fact, The Alzheimer's Society recommends daily musical activities to strengthen the brain and mitigate the effects of the disease. New research suggests that singing can help individuals living in assisted senior living communities regain cognitive skills, and that daily exposure to music (30 minutes minimum) over a period of a few months can help to improve mood, lessen depression, decrease agitation and improve sleep.
Research presented at the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego suggests that while listening to music can be beneficial, singing along to and actively engaging with music provides the greatest cognitive benefit. Their research demonstrated that people with dementia who sang for 50 minutes 3 times a week showed greater cognitive improvements than those who simply listened to the music.
Additionally, researchers from Loyola University in Chicago found that individuals who sang or played instruments in their youth or early adulthood were less likely to develop Alzheimer's. Cognitive stimulation like singing, completing puzzles, learning a new language, socializing, or reading can help keep our minds agile and minimize the possibility of developing dementia.
At Orchard Park, both our memory care and assisted living residents have ample opportunity to stretch their brains, whether it's through singing the songs of their youth or participating in an exercise class.
If you're interested inlearning more about memory care at Orchard Park, or would like to schedule a tour, please contact us today to discuss the best solutions for you and your loved one.
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