Programs that enrich your life with new memories.
Memory impairments like Alzheimer’s shouldn’t stop you from living a fulfilling and engaging life. Valeo’s signature memory care programs help you create new memories and reconnect with fond experiences from your past through customized and engaging activities. Every program is designed to respect your unique strengths, helping you and your entire family connect and preserve your legacy.
Valeo Signature Programs include:
Create and Compose
Art and music are soothing to the soul for those of any age, but they can be especially powerful for people living with memory impairments. Research has shown that art and music contribute to better brain health, improving cognitive function. In some studies, there was even evidence that art and music can help the mind compensate for the changes that come with aging and memory impairments.
Create and Compose takes advantage of those benefits by providing calm, relaxing activities that improve mental function. You’ll find activities like listening to music, creating sculptures and painting. As you engage your creative brain, you can expect to experience lower anxiety, a solidifying sense of self and a stronger connection with your peers.
Many of the programs, services and lifestyle options in our Boca Raton memory care community revolve around your legacy. We want to provide the support you and your family need to further that legacy and pass it on to children and grandchildren. Creating a legacy kit helps you do that while reconnecting to fond memories from your past.
To create a legacy kit, you and your family collect small items that are meaningful to you and embody different aspects of your identity. Consider including items with historical relevance to the events you witnessed or the activities you did, as well as items and photographs that illustrate your interests and the important people in your life. Creating the kit is a journey in and of itself that will help you recover forgotten memories and share experiences with family and friends. Once the kit is completed, it becomes a tool for connecting during future visits and an heirloom that can be passed to the next generation.
Travel offers an opportunity to “get away from it all,” both physically and mentally. Travel Times brings joy and gives residents the opportunity to engage and experience different world cultures. The travel experience has been shown to relax the mind, renew the soul and offer new ways to see things. At the same time, it provides novel paths to connect and sparks pleasant, bygone memories. Travel Times is celebrated by “traveling” to a different country each quarter and is experienced through language classes, culinary experiences and programs related to the country being highlighted.
Connecting with animals can be just as beneficial as connecting with people. Gentle pets and animals like dogs, cats and birds provide a tactile experience for people and can elicit joy while rekindling memories. Experience the comfort of bonding with pets through our Creature Comforts program, which brings social animals into the community.
Creature Comforts helps memory care residents interact with animals in a safe, secure and comforting manner. The therapeutic benefits we see often include joy along with wellness improvements such as lower blood pressure, reduced stress and even decreased anxiety and depression.
A sense of routine is vital for those with dementia and other memory impairments. Routines provide structure and purpose, which comfort individuals who deal with tough communication and daily living challenges on a frequent basis. VITA! helps residents and staff create those comforting routines, while adding an extra burst of joy to every day.
Led by the wellness team at The Atrium at Boca Raton, VITA! programs incorporate stimulating activities like trivia, exercise and singing songs into daily routines. The activities help residents focus and enjoy their daily tasks while emphasizing the importance of self-care. As residents engage, their daily to-do list becomes something positive they look forward to tackling. And, the more residents engage, the more present they are in every day, which can improve both physical and cognitive function.