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Touch and Memory Care 101

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 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.

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.

The experience and sensory stimulation of Touch is an essential part of our well-being. 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. 

Beyond human interaction, every object has texture, temperature, shape and feel that can be used as a form of therapy and memory exercise. The list of things that we can use to provide tactile stimulation for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia is almost endless. Even a simple walk through our garden can be stimulating as we find the petals and fruits of each plant are unique and soothing.

The Moments nurse and resident working on a puzzle

Therapeautic Hand Massage

This simple therapeutic massage is very beneficial for seniors, with or without cognitive issues or advanced medical needs. Residents of The Moments enjoy a greater sense of well-being and feel nurtured and pampered by our individualized hand massage therapies.


Tactile Intervention

As dementia progresses, individuals are often redirected from stress and agitation and soothed by experiencing different tactile textures. Silk, velvet, or even coarse surfaces such as bark can be very pleasing to the touch. From our high-quality bed linens to the Living Wall in our atrium room, there is no shortage of stimulus throughout the grounds of The Moments.


Sensory Shape Sorting

Sorting Sensory Shapes is a constructive activity for individuals living with dementia. Sorting objects based on the tactile senses help to discern like shapes and colors while supporting development and maintenance of waning fine motor skills. These activities are great for sensory exploration and engagement with individuals with highly tactile inclinations.