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The Relationship Between Sound and Memory Care

Some of our most powerful memories, our strongest affiliations with life and love and happiness, are activated by smell. A scent that you connect with an occasion or a moment from the past can instantly transport one to that time. Smells (unlike sounds, sights, or touch) get routed through your olfactory bulb, the smell-analyzing region in your brain that’s closely connected to your amygdala and hippocampus, brain regions that handle memory and emotion.

Our unique culinary program is a custom, nutritionally-rich approach to dining. We recognize that phenomenal cooking contributes to feelings of joy and happiness and has the ability to trigger positive memories and visceral associations. Great food is often associated with feeling loved and provides an intrinsic sense of feeling at home.

For the elderly, the healing power of human touch cannot be underestimated. Unfortunately, many seniors do not experience the simple, healing act of touch on a daily basis. Our care team at The Moments makes sure that our residents regularly experience the warmth and soothing nature of a caring, helpful hand. 

The Moments features a uniquely therapeutic approach to lighting. We offer large, unobstructed second-story windows throughout the entire community to let in the maximum amount of natural light as possible, paired with a high-tech circadian lighting system in both of our Resident wings. Our lighting system provides high melanopic lux, increasing serotonin production during the day to help regulate our residents’ (and staff!) circadian rhythm and provide an energy and positivity boost.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is one of the most effective forms of natural and positive engagement for individuals living with forms of dementia. From daily opportunities to participate in ‘The Moments Singing Circle Choir’ to ensemble instrumentation, orchestral, drumming, and live musical performances, residents have daily opportunities to express themselves and get in touch with their musical memories in a fun and social atmosphere. In addition to our in-house collection of instruments, which includes a player piano, Casio Keyboards and various small instruments and hand-drums, The Moments hosts a revolving cast of trained Music Therapists and visiting musical performers as part of our Activity Programming.
Elderly woman playing a piano
The Moments residents in a music class
The Moments residents watching a woman play a guitar

Nature-Based Sound Design

Research is continually being published supporting the well-being benefits of regular exposure all forms of nature. It’s been found that nature sounds, in particular, shorten recovery times from psychological stress, reduce agitation and support a general sense of calm and peace. Each Resident Suite at The Moments includes a SMART TV on a private WI-FI network specifically installed to provide our residents with effortless access to nature-based content and sounds at the touch of a button.

Studies show that nature sounds are found to decrease the body’s sypmathetic response – the “fight-or-flight” feeling – and increase the parasympathetic response – the one that helps the body relax and function in normal circumstances, also sometimes referred to as the “rest-digest” response.

Elderly womans hands on a piano

Acoustic Dampening

We appreciate that sound can be both pleasing as well as over stimulating, especially to those with heightened sensory sensitivity due to Alzheimer’s or dementia. The Moments was constructed to support extensive thermal insulation in efforts to minimize outside noise. We also have created destinations throughout designed to help support additional acoustic dampening for times when residents are seeking complete quiet.
Memory care sensory stimulation center in twin cities

Our signature cedar-sided sunroom features a floor-to-ceiling living plant wall which not only provides naturally filtered oxygen and visual stimulation, but absorbs sound to increase auditory tranquility.