Programs

Every day at The Memory Center is focused around therapeutic programming and functional activities for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

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Town Center at The Memory Center, Virginia Beach

The Memory Center programs are designed to inspire purpose, validate actions and invigorate while providing the highest quality of life for residents and supporting their families.

People with dementia struggle to separate memory from the physical state of present-day living.  Research shows meaningful, structured activities like those at The Memory Center can focus and engage the aging mind, which eases common symptoms of boredom and agitation.

Programming in every Memory Center community stimulates the mind and body while encouraging social interaction by incorporating:

  • Coordinated ongoing brain-stimulating programs to emphasize cognitive training which can slow decline and improve cognitive ability
  • Engaging physical activities to reduce medical conditions associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • A hands-on approach to learning including all five senses, kinetic movement, and motor skill coordination
  • A variety of activities in small social settings and larger group events in our Town Center, Theater and other areas

Our atmosphere is peaceful, natural, and filled with sunlight including safe access to an outdoor courtyard and secure walking trails.

Nutrition To Help The Aging Brain

A number of research studies show adherence to the Mediterranean Diet can slow the decline of cognitive function and increase longevity in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

While we encourage the Mediterranean diet, all Memory Center meals are chef-prepared and consist of a wide variety of delicious recipes based on:

  • High intake of vegetables, legumes, fruits, and cereals
  • Moderate intake of fish
  • Modified intake of meat and poultry

We will administer prescribed medications that enhance the quality of life but primarily rely on positive programming including validation, positive redirection and enhanced daily function as opposed to medication for treating symptoms of cognitive decline.

For example, our programs prefer to offer residents a glass of wine at our daily Tavern Happy Hour instead of administering antipsychotic medications to ease the agitation from sundowning.

Read more about The Memory Center philosophy and what a typical day is like in our communities.

 

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