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“When we hear the term ‘holistic therapy,’ we often think of treatments that are outside the boundaries of approved medical science,” says Crystal Yost, PCHA, PCH, Administrator at Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr in Bryn Mawr, PA.
“Today, however, experts in the field of memory care, such as those at the Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association, say that ‘holistic’ techniques have been found to provide tangible benefits to loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Scientific research has demonstrated that certain holistic treatments aid persons requiring memory care by improving their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
“Specifically, these holistic modalities have been shown to provide loved ones with a sense of calm, comfort and enjoyment by reducing their stress and agitation and creating connections with their caregivers and the outside world. They enrich lives by enabling self-expression and social engagement, while improving self-esteem.
“Because specific holistic techniques truly work, they are now being utilized by leading memory care communities around the country, such as Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr.”
Researchers explain that for reasons that are not completely clear, holistic techniques seem to create a ‘bridge’ or ‘portal’ that creates connections with the outside world. They appear to ‘unlock’ the individual’s mind and allow self-expression and social engagement that had seemingly been lost during the progression of the disease.
Types of holistic treatments that have proven beneficial include:
Says author and Alzheimer’s expert Christine Kennard, “For people with Alzheimer’s disease, encouraging the act of reminiscence can be highly beneficial to their inner self and their interpersonal skills. It is about giving the person with Alzheimer’s a sense of value, importance, belonging, power and peace.”
By using these holistic techniques, you can help your loved one to become calmer and more mentally and socially engaged, while enjoying an improved quality of life.
Adds Crystal Yost, PCHA, PCH, Administrator, “Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr is delivered in a small, intimate neighborhood that promotes familiarity, personal interaction and comfort between our residents and caring staff. This unique setting and one-on-one interaction form the foundation of our Engaging Days and Meaningful Moments. Our cozy, homelike community allows our caregivers to learn the unique life stories of each and every resident in our care.
“By building these personal relationships, we are able to deliver personalized attention, forge strong bonds with residents and build lasting trust. This knowledge also enables us to develop programming and activities – including holistic music, art and reminiscence therapies – that enable our residents to continue to enjoy favorite interests and discover new ones.”
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Loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments require specialized care and support. They also deserve a lifestyle rich in dignity and fulfillment. Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr provides residents with Engaging Days and Meaningful Moments that emphasize individual abilities, encourage socialization and promote the highest level of independence possible. We offer a complete continuum of leading-edge programs, services and amenities that address the total physical, emotional and social needs of residents in a caring setting that offers individual suites with large private baths and the comforts of home. Our community touches hearts and changes lives.
Memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory impairment doesn’t only affect the person who has it – it affects the entire family.
If you have a loved one with early- to mid-stage memory loss, you know how challenging it can be to provide the care that’s needed while trying to maintain balance in your life. As care needs increase, you may not be able to meet them physically or emotionally. It’s often difficult to be available to care for your loved one’s health and well-being around the clock.
If and when the time comes to seek additional help, place your trust in Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr. We lift the stresses and worries of being a caregiver from your shoulders, enabling you and your family to enjoy time with your loved one again.
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