Mental Stimulation and Meaningful Engagement for Seniors and Senior Living Communities

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FIVE KEY AREAS OF COGNITION

When it comes to aging, it’s no longer about simply living longer. We want to live happier and healthier as well. In a word, we want to live better. A physically strong, adaptable body is an essential aspect of health, but mental sharpness and flexibility matter, too. Is it possible to maintain that mental acuity as you get older? And can you reduce your risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease by engaging your brain?

The short answer appears to be yes. A growing body of research indicates that mental stimulation can help maintain and possibly improve cognitive ability as people age. Other studies suggest that cognitive stimulation therapy not only can help maintain mental sharpness and acuity, but also may reduce the risk of developing dementia. This kind of “brainwork” may help stabilize the cognitive function of people with mild Alzheimer’s disease, according to research. As the link between cognitive stimulation therapy and dementia continues to be explored, we will learn more about how keeping the brain engaged helps reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

If you work in a senior living community, you may already appreciate the importance of maintaining cognitive function as people age. Maybe you’re looking for unique activities for someone with Alzheimer’s or you want to provide high-quality engaging mental stimulation to your residents. Or maybe you just want to make sure you’re doing what you can to help your mom, dad or other relative maintain as much brain function as possible as he or she gets older ages.

That’s what we offer at Fit Minds. Our programs are geared to individuals who live independently, as well as those who reside in senior living communities. Our programs provide mental stimulation to seniors of all cognitive abilities, including those with dementia and mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

When it comes to brain health, it appears that the “move it or lose it” theory holds true. For example, there is a meaningful decrease in cognitive performance that comes with retirement. Research suggests this is because when we stop engaging in cognitively complex tasks, we lose synaptic connections in our brain. As we get older, the connections that are not used are deleted in something researchers call “synaptic pruning.”

Fit Minds fills the gap with individual and group programs that target five key areas of cognition:

  • Language and Music

  • Visual/Spatial Orientation

  • Memory

  • Critical Thinking

  • Computation

Fit Minds’ Individual and Group Cognitive Stimulation Programs

One-on-One Cognitive Coaching — This program is for individuals. A certified Fit Minds Personal Trainer for the Mind™ meets regularly with your loved one. Our proprietary platform and algorithm allow the coach to customize each session to the person’s cognitive abilities in each of the five key areas. Periodic assessments ensure the content is challenging without being frustrating. The coach also tracks and reports on your loved one’s progress and engagement every month. Just as important, the one-on-one relationship provides your loved one with a personal, supportive connection. This is a great option for a family member, whether the person lives independently or is already dealing with some cognitive issues.

Large Group Premier Sessions — These sessions are designed for senior living communities. Our certified Fit Minds coaches lead group sessions which deliver content designed for independent seniors or those in assisted living or memory care communities. The one-hour presentation covers cognitive stimulation exercises integrated with information on brain health and aging well. The sessions are designed to benefit seniors without any cognitive issues, as well as those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Community Subscriptions — Want to lead Fit Minds group programs on your own? We offer turn-key options that prepare your community’s staff to teach lessons covering five areas of cognition for optimal brain health. Our online training and personal support equips your staff to offer the programming.

Why Choose Fit Minds?

Fit Minds’ vision is to give unprecedented support to seniors to be all they can be. We provide group and individual customized cognitive stimulation therapy to improve quality of life and enable meaningful relationships with family and friends.

abilities, from independent seniors to those challenged with Alzheimer’s and other types of mild, moderate and advanced dementia. Fit Minds exercises five key areas of cognition:

At a time when people are living longer, one in three seniors now dies of Alzheimer’s. Forty percent of seniors over the age of 80 have “textbook” dementia. Families are struggling to find solutions to preserve quality of life for their loved one, and volumes of research validates the positive impact of cognitive stimulation.

If you’re a program director looking for activities for healthy seniors or seniors with dementia , or if you want to help a loved one stay as mentally sharp as she or he can be, contact us today to learn more about Fit Minds’ unique approach and programs.

Interesting in Becoming a Certified Fit Minds Coach?

Are you interested in becoming a Fit Minds coach? We welcome college-educated individuals who are interested in being certified as Fit Minds coaches. With our certification, you can work with individuals or senior living communities.

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