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Reducing Depression with Therapeutic Recreation for Seniors

February 3, 2017 | Blog

Music Therapy for Elderly CitizensAs winter stretches on, many elderly loved ones and dementia patients begin to experience seasonal depression, anxiety, and overall loneliness. Though the days do grow gradually longer, there is still more darkness than light in a day and cold temperatures can prohibit usually enjoyable outdoor activities. To help improve overall mental and emotional health, it is important to build meaningful activities into the day to support overall well-being.

At Spring Hills, we offer many types of therapeutic recreation for seniors, designed to stimulate the mind, boost self-esteem, and create socialization opportunities. Not only are these activities engaging, but they are designed to suit the unique preferences and tastes of our residents and guests.

How Therapeutic Recreation Supports Well-Being

Each of our assisted living facilities offers different forms of therapeutic recreation, tailored to each resident’s physical health, interests, and existing hobbies.  As leaders in assisted living, we understand that every individual has different interests and capabilities, which is why we are dedicated to offering a wide variety of options.

Whether your loved one resides at one of our communities or takes advantage of our private home care services, they have access to the following senior-friendly recreational activities:

  • Cuddle Therapy: Cuddle therapy, also called doll therapy, helps seniors feel more independent and important. By providing seniors with a baby doll, they have the opportunity to “care” for it, helping to establish a greater sense of purpose.
  • Music Therapy: Listening to music has been shown to reduce stress and alleviate pain, helping seniors feel calm and relaxed, improving mental health. Our experienced music therapists lead drum circles, sing-alongs, and music performances, designed to engage our residents.
  • Aromatherapy: The sense of smell is a powerful link to memories, and positive smells—such as lavender and peppermint—can help create a peaceful environment. We’ve seen this therapy be particularly calming for seniors with dementia.
  • Stimulating Environments: Through our Life/Work Access Attractions, seniors have access to stores, kitchens, and workshops where they can experience the environments they’ve always known and loved. These environments are designed to stimulate the senses and bring back memories that help them find purpose.
  • Horticulture Therapy: Through our horticulture therapy program, assisted living residents have access to much more than simple gardening. Seniors can visit the butterfly garden to experience nature’s life cycles and can participate in growing the fruits and vegetables that are used Spring Hill’s dining!
  • Art Therapy: With art therapy, seniors can get their creative juices flowing while putting their fine motor skills to work. Guided by a skilled art therapist, our residents can paint, craft, sculpt, and more.
  • Creative Coloring: Recent research has shown that the process of therapeutic coloring can be meditative and soothing. Spring Hills uses this therapy to alleviate anxiety, bring back fond memories, and encourage confidence.

Experience the Benefits of Recreation Therapy at Spring Hills

When your elderly loved one comes to Spring Hills, either as a resident or for our adult day care program, they can engage in stimulating therapeutic recreation designed for seniors. We understand that you want them to be in a fulfilling, enriching environment, and we work to individualize the experience for every one of our residents.

Are you interested in finding out more about the programs at Spring Hills? Contact us or call the assisted living community closest to your loved one for more details. 

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