Promoting Creativity at Communities for Alzheimer’s Care in Buffalo NY
From Baking to Crafting, We’re Using Creativity to Foster Brain Health
Finding ways for older adults to sharpen their cognitive function, in turn enhancing their overall well-being and quality of life, is a constant conversation. Research has shown that engaging one’s mind in meaningful activities can help keep the mind sharp. In fact, Dr. Nikhil Satchidanand, a research assistant professor at the University of Buffalo with expertise in motor development and aging, was awarded a $71,690 grant for a brain health project designed to better understand the impact that community-based art-making and thinking-while-moving has on the brain and motor function among seniors. This shows just how important the topic is!
Promoting creativity is key to helping seniors stay sharp as they age. Keep reading to learn about some of the activities that Juniper Glen Memory Care in Buffalo, NY, offers to help its residents get their creative juices flowing.
One of the most fun (and delicious) ways to help our residents get creative is through our Busy Bakers activity, which happens every Thursday. Baking allows residents to experiment with different flavors and decorating techniques– everyone makes something unique! Plus, residents get to share their Busy Bakers creations with community members, which can lead to a boost in self-confidence and provide a sense of accomplishment. When talking about spending time with the residents, Juniper Glen’s Maintenance Director Jim Neuman said, “… I like when they do Busy Bakers so I can taste the yummy foods they make!”
Music n’ Motion
Because our residents love it so much, we offer our Music n’ Motion activity every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Music n’ Motion is a sing-along paired with movements designed specifically for seniors. The activity is great for seniors of any capability, as it can be done while seated. These sessions serve as a creative outlet for residents to release their emotions and boost their moods.
We’ve likely all played the old–school guessing game called Hangman. In this game, one player thinks of a word, phrase, or sentence, and presents them as blanks for the other player to guess by suggesting letters. This game allows our residents to get creative by choosing fun phrases–it’s so much fun to play a round when adding a theme, such as places, dog breeds or car types, among other things. You can find our residents enjoying this game every Thursday!
Crafting is an excellent way for residents to express themselves and make something they are proud of. What’s more rewarding than being able to give art to friends or keep it in your room to admire? Every Friday you can be sure to see our superstar residents getting creative at 3 pm, our designated crafting time! Whether it be wreath-making, painting, or artificial flower arranging, we offer a fun variety of crafts for all residents to enjoy.
At Juniper Glen, we love to celebrate holidays and bring excitement to our residents. From Hanukkah to Chinese New Year to Easter, we make sure all of the holidays our residents celebrate are included in our calendar. What better way to get residents in the holiday spirit than by letting them decorate? Our residents get creative by making decorations and helping place them around the community for a fun holiday experience.
If you’re looking for a community that provides plenty of activities for helping your loved one stay sharp and have fun as they age, then you will love Juniper Glen.
To learn more about our transitional assisted living and memory care community or to schedule a tour of Juniper Glen, contact our friendly team today.
Autumn means colder weather, and that could also mean flu season too! It is important to stay warm and safe this season, especially because family and friends are traveling for the holidays!
If you are visiting someone or plan to, make sure you are layering your clothes or dressing appropriately for the weather, staying on top of your health by eating nutritious food, staying active, and getting proper rest. Don't forget to wash your hands and utilize hand sanitizer in public spaces!
Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and that means food and family! People have different ways to prepare for Thanksgiving.
Some plan out a list, down to the activities and conversations that can take place at the dinner table. These people also take out the recipe books and follow the directions to a tee! Others may take the go-with-the-flow approach and wing it! That includes recipes too.
Which group are you in? No matter your approach, we hope that this holiday season is a fulfilling one!