7 Activities That We Use to Engage Our Memory Care Residents

7 Activities That We Use to Engage Our Memory Care Residents

7 Activities That We Use to Engage Our Memory Care Residents

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For many people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, moving into residential memory care is necessary to help keep them safe and improve their quality of life. However, that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice engagement and social wellness for care. 

Here at Marjorie P. Lee, we want to help people stay engaged and live purposefully, no matter what. To do that, we offer a wide range of activities and events.

Why Are Activities So Important in Memory Care?

Having fun activities to engage with may offer numerous benefits for seniors, particularly those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Studies suggest that continuing to engage in stimulating tasks may help to slow memory loss and cognitive decline. Additionally, many individuals benefit from a structured day, which can help to minimize frustrations and confusion. 

Activities are suitable for feeling productive, engaging with others, and sparking memories, too. They may also help to reduce the number and severity of challenging behaviors

Enriching Events and Activities at Marjorie P. Lee

There are always new and exciting activities and events taking place at Marjorie P. Lee. The Life Enrichment team is always looking for ways to help people engage with the goal of supporting memory care. 

There are often onsite and offsite activities planned throughout the month. When possible, we often invite families to be a part of offsite activities for further engagement. 

Take a look at some of the more recent events and activities that our Life Enrichment team has organized.

1. A Visit to the Zoo

One of the activities that guests got to take advantage of recently was a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo. It wasn’t just the zoo, though. Even better, the Festival of Lights was occurring at the zoo, allowing residents to see a wide range of displays lit up in the evening. 

2. Exploring Krohn Conservatory

Some of the residents could attend a tour and experience at Krohn Conservatory. This location, in Eden Park, is an excellent experience in exploring more than 3500 plant species from around the world. The building, an art deco treasure, was built in 1933. It is an inspiring experience for all who visit.

3. Horticulture Therapy with Robert

One of the onsite activities that happen regularly is Horticulture Therapy with Robert. It’s a fascinating opportunity to learn and explore plants and perhaps do some gardening. It helps to continue the learning process in an area that many people are interested in – gardening.

4. Weekly Art Therapy

An art therapist is available, too. This is an opportunity to learn and explore various types of art. It is one of the best ways to create a form of expression. Art therapy can also be engaging and enjoyable for many people who may not otherwise have loved art in their earlier years.

5. A Trip to the Baseball GameMPL Reds Game 2021-1

For sports lovers, one of the outing options is a baseball game over the summer. Residents who wanted to attend a Reds game could do so this summer. For those who love the game, this type of outing was enjoyable and helps with bringing back memories and experiences. 

6. Family Picnic

After being unable to interact with family and friends for so long, this summer, residents were able to enjoy a family picnic. It was an outstanding way for people to have some fun while also being able to connect with their family and friends again. 

Many of the residents enjoyed this experience, and it may be one that is done many more times in the future. It also allowed a lot of families to meet each other and connect, something that was quite common prior to COVID-19. It was an excellent way for people to simply engage with each other. The picnic was a grill out right by the river. 

7. A Stop to Get Some Ice Cream

One of the activities residents were able to engage in was a trip to Spring Grove Cemetery. It was designed to be an opportunity to learn about the location's history. Unfortunately, the pandemic limited access to the location. Still, they made the best of it by making a trip to Graeter's Ice Cream to enjoy a sweet treat. 

These are just a few examples of activities and events residents have been able to engage in. In doing so, the memory care residents are able to recall memories and engage with other people. This may provide a wide range of benefits, including simply creating more enjoyable experiences.

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Marjorie P. Lee aims to provide the best place for memory care available. If your loved one is in need of person-centered memory support, reach out to us to learn how we can help.New Call-to-action

Kristin Davenport
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February 08, 2022
Kristin Davenport is the Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Kristin leads ERS’s efforts to share stories that delight and inspire through social media, online content, annual reports, magazines, newsletters, public relations, and events. Kristin earned her BFA in graphic design from Wittenberg University. She joined ERS in 2014 after a 25-year career as a visual journalist and creative director with American City Business Journals. Her role at ERS has ignited her passion for making Cincinnati a dementia-inclusive city, and she spends time with residents as a SAIDO® Learning lead supporter. Kristin is the executive producer and co-host of the Linkage Podcast for ERS. Kristin and her husband Alex live in Lebanon, Ohio, with their two daughters. She also serves as a Trustee and the President of the Lebanon Food Pantry and is a board member for ArtScape Lebanon, where she teaches painting and has an art studio, Indium Art.

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