The Alzheimer’s Association predicts that 25 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s disease by 2040, and 40% of assisted living residents currently have some form of dementia.
ALFA has outlined some best practices the senior living industry is implementing to better care for and engage residents with Alzheimer’s.
- Building designs that incorporate safety elements with natural light and flow, open layouts, and sensible room adjacencies.
- Memory boxes filled with photos, artwork, letters, and souvenirs that can help recall memories and spur creativity.
- Snoezelen rooms that use light, sound, scent, and music to initiate sensual experiences that help elevate awareness for residents with Alzheimer’s and strengthen their communication with caregivers.
- Dining experience techniques that include specially-designed china and finger foods that residents can eat while walking around.
- Activities that create new experiences or modify beloved pastimes, improving quality of life and reducing wandering and agitated behaviors.
Source: Associated Living Federation of America: Senior Living Provides Solutions for Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease.