Memory Care Focused On the abilities that remain

Elderwood challenges the perception of memory impairment, not by focusing on what has been lost, but on the abilities that remain. Elderwood’s Seasons® Memory Care program seeks to support each resident through every stage of their dementia. It’s why Elderwood is a place for all seasons.

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Each stage of memory loss is accompanied by its own unique challenges. Early on in their disease, individuals with memory impairments can do familiar daily living activities on their own, such as dressing or brushing their teeth. As their disease progresses, they need more help with their personal care. Along with their fine motor skills, their ability to express their thoughts and emotions will fade.

The time frame for each stage varies with the individual, as does the family’s ability to care for a loved one with dementia. It is not a failure to admit you can no longer provide care for your loved one to the extent they need. We’re here to help families work through these transitions and embrace each new season.

what is Elderwood’s seasons® memory care?

Seasons® supports memory-impaired individuals with effective, person-centered programming that allows them to continue enjoying and participating in the world around them. Elderwood focuses on maintaining quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, celebrating their life and preserving their dignity.

At Elderwood, we associate various stages of memory impairments with the seasons of the year: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Using nationally-recognized assessment tools, we identify each person’s current abilities and involve them in activities appropriate to their skills, abilities and perceptions. At each stage in their disease, residents receive the most appropriate care, interaction, communication and therapy.


Seasons programs seek to increase communication, physical movement, attention and sequencing skills, while reducing anxiety, agitation and social withdrawal.

Seasons programs include activities to help exercise residents’ mental processes and encourage them to explore their five senses — what they hear, smell, see, taste and touch. In some cases, a sensory balance program may be prescribed by a trained therapist to help keep residents from feeling overwhelmed by the sights and sounds around them.

Physical activity is important to support mobility, lessen the risk for falls and encourage independence. Dementia-capable care is an activities-based therapy approach that provides alternatives to traditional exercise. By performing enjoyable and familiar tasks like arranging flowers or folding laundry, they remain active while challenging their fine motor skills.

As the ability to verbally communicate fades, art and music experiences offer alternate ways for people with dementia to express themselves. Many times, these activities link to past memories or provide new experiences to enjoy.

Many Seasons activities are conducted in small groups of people with similar cognition and abilities. The social aspect of these programs, as much as the activity itself, provides stimulation and discourages withdrawal. Life skill programs focus on familiar, purposeful activities that give Seasons participants a sense of accomplishment, while keeping them safe, contented and engaged.



If you feel a loved one would benefit from Seasons programming, please contact us for more information or schedule a tour today.

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