With Memory Care, we believe wellness is trifold. The Holistic foundational pillar in the Optima Living Memory Care Program is focused on the mind, body, and spirit in an all-encompassing holistic wellness plan. Let us show you how your quality of life can be improved through the Optima Living Brain Health Program. Tailored to the needs of your mind, body, and spirit, this holistic program supports your ability to think, remember, and live an enjoyable life. It will be uniquely tailored to you in order to promote exercise, stress management, sleep, and active participation.
We all require a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep each night to foster optimal brain function and support our quality of life. A lack of sleep may contribute to feelings of confusion and disorganization in turn resulting in poor memory, concentration, and thinking. Lower quality of sleep also contributes to higher risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s, influencing daytime sleepiness, confusion, and changes in mood or personality. That is why, here at Aster Gardens, we will help you maintain a healthy sleep schedule and ensure you get the rest you need when you want it.
Meaningful activities have a strong connection with our brain, unlocking words, emotions, and excitement within individuals. By engaging in activities that are meaningful to you, based on your needs, abilities, and interests, we strive to improve your brain health and challenge your brain to create and strengthen connections, increase attention, executive function, and memory skills.
Some examples of these activities include: Arts and crafts, chair yoga, music classes, pet therapy, reminiscence therapy (individual or group practice- focus on happy memories using photographs and prompts)
Stress is often viewed negatively, but in small doses, it can act as a driving force to complete tasks, take initiative, and achieve goals. However, if stress is not managed correctly, it can cause damage to our brains and body, influencing mood, sleep, and digestion. Relaxing activities can help reduce stress and they are therefore an essential component of our Optima Living Memory Care Program. In addition, ensuring you feel heard, valued, and respected are key strategies our care partners are trained to prioritize, minimizing your stress and maximizing your happiness.
Nutrition affects our physical and mental health including mood, thoughts, and energy. Adequate nutrition helps us maintain our ability to fight diseases, repair damaged cells, and manage some symptoms of memory impairment, therefore, it is important that we remain mindful of what we put inside our bodies every day. Your brain needs adequate, nutritious meals to function, and that is what our Optima Living Memory Care Program will ensure. We will provide you with a balanced diet that is unique to your likes, tastes, and needs while ensuring that you are provided with all the necessary nutrients to maintain your health and wellbeing.
Research has shown that physical exercise is important in supporting our physical and mental wellbeing. Our bodies are designed to move, regardless of age or ability, therefore at Aster Gardens, we try to incorporate physical exercise in various ways for every individual, every day!
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, physical exercise improves balance, reduces falls and injuries, helps individuals remain independent for longer, and helps prevent various medical concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, cancer, and more. They recommend that all adults, including seniors, should participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity each week, so we will work with you to help you achieve your goals! We understand that each individual has their own strengths, abilities, and capacity, so we will create an exercise program catered to YOU with achievable and measurable goals.
Qualified care partners including licensed nurses and care companions are on-site 24-hours a day to provide care and support to everyone. A holistic and thorough conversation with you, your family, and care partners will take place when you decide to move into Aster Gardens. During this conversation, we will gather the information that captures what level of care is best suited for your needs, what your preferences are, what your strengths and abilities are, and what you need to best achieve the quality of life you desire. Each of these components will help us produce an individualized daily living plan that suits your needs and desires while keeping you safe and healthy at all times of the day.
Meditation can help foster spiritual connections and it is an important coping strategy for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, other related dementias, and other memory concerns. Meditation helps one explore the connections to one’s self, nature, the universe, or something greater. A spiritual discussion to better understand your connections and beliefs will be included in your individual daily living plan according to your desires. Meditation will also be incorporated into recreational activities through practices such as yoga and one-on-one support services when desired.
Individuals living at Aster Gardens are welcome and encouraged to practice any faith they choose. Our team will support you in any way possible, whether it be through the facilitation of meetings with spiritual practitioners, organizing visits when desired, or incorporating special celebrations and daily rituals into your daily living plans. We also value the relationships we have with our neighbouring religious centres, including the Park Pentecostal Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Health Roman Catholic Church to support those who choose to utilize their services.