Dementia is a progressive and debilitating condition that affects millions of people across the globe. According to the World Health Organization, currently more than 55 million people have dementia worldwide. Every year, there are nearly 10 million new cases. The prevalence of dementia is expected to rise exponentially, as the global population ages in the coming years.
The need for innovative therapies and approaches, particularly with respect to memory care, has become extremely crucial as dementia currently poses many challenges for family members, health care providers, and caregivers. Over the years, some innovative therapies and approaches have emerged that are revolutionizing memory care and enhancing the quality of life and care for dementia patients.
Dementia is a term used to describe an array of cognitive impairments that can interfere with daily life. Among the various types of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal dementia are the most common. Regardless of the type, the typical symptoms of dementia include progressive decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning abilities. It may also lead to personality and behavioral changes that can become extremely challenging for both patients and caregivers.
There has been an increase in the need for specialized memory care services for dementia patients as the numbers rise. A subset of dementia care, memory care focuses on provision of customized support and therapies to every individual with dementia to help them cope with their symptoms, offer support to their loved ones, and help in improving their quality of life.
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
CST or Cognitive stimulation therapy is a non-pharmacological intervention which has been designed to improve the dementia patient’s social and cognitive responses. CST involves engaging dementia patients in a variety of activities that have been designed to help stimulate their cognitive functions, improve their memory, problem-solving skills, and language abilities. Research has shown that dementia patients who have engaged regularly in CST activities like puzzles, reminiscence therapy, and group discussions have seen a significant drop in the rate of cognitive decline.
Multi-sensory environments are found to be particularly beneficial for dementia patients as they help trigger positive memories and enable them to reconnect with their surroundings. Activities such as aromatherapy, gentle massages, and soothing music promote a sense of relaxation and a better state of emotional well-being. These specially designed spaces incorporate various stimuli such as light, sound, textures, and aromas to foster a calming and therapeutic atmosphere.
Reminiscence therapy is a psychological approach that encourages patients to recall and share their vivid and unforgettable memories. This therapy can be done individually or in a group setting. The goal of this therapy is to boost each individual's self-esteem and sense of identity. By reminiscing past life experiences, patients can connect with their personal history that will help maintain their sense of identity and social connections.
One of the most effective and innovative approaches in care for dementia patients is person-centered care. This approach recognizes the unique needs and experiences required by an individual and tailoring the care plan to their specific necessities. Clinical professionals and caregivers work closely with the patient to understand their interests, preferences, and life history. After performing an in-depth patient profiling, they create personalized care plans that make the dementia patients feel more understood and supported, thus enhancing the overall care and its impact.
Cognitive training apps and computer programs have been designed to help improve memory, attention, and problem-solving skills of dementia patients. Virtual Reality (VR) can also be leveraged to create virtual travel or reminiscence sessions that are immersive and therapeutic experiences which can help individuals connect with their past.
Exercise and nutritional intervention
Regular exercise and physical activity such as walking, dancing, or yoga, are great for seniors and dementia patients. It can help improve cognitive function, reduce behavioral symptoms, and boost overall well-being. Proper nutrition coupled with exercise can support brain health and overall physical well-being.
Benefits of innovative therapies and memory care
Innovative therapies and approaches in dementia care offer several significant benefits - improved physical health and emotional well-being, enhanced communication capabilities, reduced stress for both patient and caregiver, decreased reliance on medication, delayed cognitive decline, and better quality of life.
Therapies and memory care services continue to evolve as technology and research advance, and understanding of the condition deepens. At Antara Memory Care Homes, we provide specialized care and dedicated caregivers in a secure and safe environment with structured routines that help reduce the pace of cognitive decline among dementia patients. Our specialized memory care therapies include occupational therapy, balancing therapy for fall risk, cognitive stimulation therapy, and speech and swallow therapy.
We carry out extensive initial assessment and create a customized care plan that covers clinical, physical and mental health of patients. The multi-specialized care team uses innovative therapies specially designed for memory care like art therapy, fragrance therapy, green care therapy, and love to move therapy. For more details, dial +91 98114 41111.