Circle of Friends®
Maybe you’ve noticed a few changes in yourself or a loved one. Simple tasks seem to take longer. More and more, things are forgotten or misplaced. The fact is, our brains change as we age and some forgetfulness is to be expected. But if you’re having ongoing or increasing concerns about mental performance, it’s important to know that there are things you can do to maintain, and in some cases improve, cognitive function.
Several years ago we pioneered a comprehensive therapeutic program to specifically address the needs and abilities of our residents with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early stage memory loss. What makes it unique is our combination of a wellness model with mental fitness to create a Whole Brain Fitness lifestyle. Our innovative approach is based on leading research and an ongoing evaluation program, developed in consultation with Vanderbilt University’s Center for Quality Aging. And it’s changing how providers and families look at assisted living.
FOCUSED ON OUR RESIDENTS
- Residents live in their assisted living apartments, but with more daily support
- Therapeutic goal is to build cognitive reserve to improve efficiency and flexibility for processing information
- Dedicated, specially trained team to develop and lead activities
- Small group-based, comfortably structured to include residents with similar abilities
- 7 day-a-week program, from breakfast to dinner
- Personalized – activities adapted to create the “just right challenge” for each resident
- Daily mental workouts engage 6 domains of mental fitness: critical thinking, memory-body movement, learning, sequencing, long-term memory and problem solving
- Programs and training designed in-house for quick response to changes in research and resident preferences/needs
BASED ON WHAT WORKS
- Dynamic program developed and refined over nearly a decade of use
- Quality maintained for individuals and groups through an in-depth evaluation model
- Changes made based on bi-annual assessment results (evidence-based)
- Participation encouraged and tracked – regular engagement slows cognitive decline
- Residents in our structured programs participate more
- Awarded the George Mason University 2011 Health Care Quality Improvement Award and the Argentum 2016 Best of the Best in Memory Care.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES
“My doctor tells me that dancing has kept me young. And, with the combined mental challenges that square dancing requires, it keeps my brain in shape as well.”