Reminisce Therapy is featured in Azura’s activity programming through the use of Life Story Books and other activities that help to stimulate joy and recollection. We all have cherished memories but for our residents, those memories have become or are becoming faint whispers. At Azura Memory Care, one way we find valuable to rekindle those memories is through the daily use of a personal Life Story Book and through personalized MOSAIC engagements.
The Life Story Book contains a chronology of photos and other memorabilia of each resident’s life from childhood to present time.Research in Europe first illustrated the value of daily reminiscing with life story books, discovering that use over a 6-9 month period helped residents maintain and in some cases significantly improve their cognitive abilities. Our experience using this valuable tool has been equally as positive and as a result, the use of Life Story Books has become a twice daily activity for our residents at Azura Memory Care. This reflection time has proven to improve quality of life and reduce anxiety for many of our residents.
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At Azura, we strive to help our residents and families RECOVER physically, mentally and spiritually; so learning our residents’ personal preferences and incorporating that into their daily care is held in high regard. Many of our homes work with the local community in hosting weekly spiritual services and holiday parties to make sure that need is met for all within our care and our residents are able to reminisce on moments of joy and faith.
Many of our homes have baking groups that work to tap into not only active therapy, but also cognitive and reminisce therapy. Following a recipe and reminiscing about past moments spent making dishes with friends and family can do a lot for our residents’ well being; so you will often find our residents helping make cookies or delicious meals with supervision from our Azura team members.