A typical day at The Memory Center is filled with activities designed to inspire purpose, validate actions and invigorate while providing the highest quality of life for residents. Functional and fun are key components of our activities.
Our multi-sensory activities program increases communication, socialization, physical movement and motor abilities. The program also provides visual, tactile, auditory, and olfactory stimulation.
A day at The Memory Center starts with a hot cup of coffee and greetings from our Morning Welcome Crew who announce all the exciting activities planned for the day. They carry colorful signs showing upcoming special events such as an entertainer or pet visits.
Morning activities may include an aerobics group or meditation and stretching during a yoga class. For more activity residents can join our bowling group, play golf or spike the balloon volleyball in the Town Center. Others may want to play join bingo or trivia games in the library or listen to classic gospel hymns and devotional service led by our in-house Chaplain.
After lunch residents meet in the Town Center at 1:15pm for our daily ice cream social. On warm days we may sit outside on the patio or on a bench in the gardens to chat and enjoy our ice cream. Other afternoon activities include creative and artistic classes where they paint, mold clay or create decorations for their room.
As the afternoon draws to an end our beautifully landscaped gardens and paths are a wonderful spot to take a walk, bird watch, or tend to our herb garden.
In the evening residents can gather in our Tavern for happy hour. After dinner, they can join games or other social activities in their neighborhood or head to our Theater for a musical, comedy or classic movie.
About Our Activities Program
Our activities program is grounded in the Montessori-based principles of respect, dignity, independence and choice. All activities are designed with three A’s in mind to ensure they are:
- Available across all levels of dementia
- Accessed and easily implemented by all staff
- Adaptable to fit the residents age, interest or other abilities
Activities at The Memory Center include:
Dancing, playing instruments or listening to music while holding objects such as flags, director batons, maracas, drums, bells, tambourines to encourage motion. Lyrics are projected on our movie screen with pictures or icons to help with memory, and we may feature entertainers representing various types of music.
We also encourage families to provide an iPod or CD with their loved ones favorite songs.
Poetry & Games
We utilize poetry, trivia, board games, reading, writing or storytelling to promote and encourage memory.
Projects are designed to encourage memory. Projects are meaningful to the resident and use items he or she was exposed to in their past.
All hobbies are designed to give purpose and meaning to the activity. Favorite activities include gardening, sewing, wreath making or flower arranging. These activities include specific steps to encourage memory.
To encourage motion we incorporate activities of daily living such as setting the table, cleaning, laundry, folding or sorting. Other motion activities include rolling yarn, puzzles or card matching.
Projects encourage memory by including simple steps. Using recipes and the act of stirring, pouring, measuring, rolling, tasting, smelling, encourages motion and/or stimulates memories.
Physical Activities are designed to encourage motion and memory including sports that residents are familiar with such as baseball, tennis, golf, horse shoes, stretching/yoga. Our sports programs utilize adapted equipment that residents can safely use.
Every afternoon residents can gather for an ice cream social in the Town Center and also in the Tavern for happy hour. After dinner, evening activities take place in each neighborhood.