Providers Leverage the Latest Dementia Research to Create High Quality Care

From Senior Living Executive magazine:  Senior living providers are discovering that when it comes to serving residents with cognitive impairments, senior housing needs to do the things it already does well, just at a much higher level.

The July/August issue of Senior Living Executive magazine talks to senior living leaders about how they are connecting the dots between current dementia research and the delivery of memory care services in cover story “Connecting the Dots for Dementia Care.”  For example, Juliet Klinger, senior director of dementia care and programs at Brookdale, says the company focuses on “concepts that have research as their foundation,” pointing to Brookdale’s Crossings program, which combines physical exercise, nutrition, socialization, and other fundamentals to a new level by combining different types of exercise using different muscles and requires participants to engage their bodies and their minds.  Senior Resource Group offers The Club, a program seeking to delay the onset of full dementia for those with mild cognitive impairment by creating a “comfort zone” for residents who might otherwise feel swallowed up in a bigger crowd. This approach falls in line with a host of research findings generated from universities and other institutions.