Sing-A-Long at Orchard Park Illuminations Memory Care
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
, 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
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.
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.
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 in
learning more about memory care at Orchard Park, or would like to schedule a
contact us today to discuss the best solutions for you and your
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