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'Fragrance in Frames': Touchmark's art therapy program enriches people's lives in memory care-6398

'Fragrance in Frames': Touchmark's art therapy program enriches people's lives in memory care

Touchmark has made its mark as a retirement company by focusing on lifestyle for adults ages 55+, among other things. According to Vice President of Clinical Services Wendy Schrag, RN-BC, "One of the key ways Touchmark fulfills its mission--'To enrich people's lives'--is through its Full Life Wellness & Life Enrichment Program(TM)." Schrag stresses that this commitment to enriching lives extends to people living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. Fragrance in Frames, one offering, adds essential oils to paints for a therapeutic art activity. The program received a 2017 ICAA Innovators Achievement Award for its wellness-oriented and person-centered approach to memory care, and for maximizing opportunities in the cognitive/intellectual, emotional, social and physical wellness dimensions.

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Dr. John Ratey offers a lucid look at brain health by Colin Milner-5779

Dr. John Ratey offers a lucid look at brain health by Colin Milner

Who would have thought that mice running on a wheel for about 4 kilometers per night—roughly 2.5 miles—would awaken modern science to the connection between exercise and its effects on the brain? Yet, an experiment with these rodents did precisely that, according to author and Harvard Medical School professor John J. Ratey, MD.

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"The most powerful medicine": Dr. Harry Lodge delves into brain science, lifestyle and healthy aging by Marilynn Larkin, MA

When it comes to healthy aging, Henry S. (“Harry”) Lodge, MD, FACP, is justifiably optimistic. Since he coauthored the New York Times’ bestselling Younger Next Year series of books in 2007, both research and clinical experience seem to support his contention that lifestyle changes can affect the brain as well as the body. Lodge provided insights into the future of brain science and its connection to lifestyle and healthy aging at the International Council on Active Aging Conference 2013. Discussing “the next generation of cognitive science,” he suggested that “the key to optimal brain health at all ages turns out to be the way we structure and live our lives.”

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Beyond care: a wellness blueprint for addressing cognitive decline (with blueprint-5511

Beyond care: a wellness blueprint for addressing cognitive decline (with blueprint

Twice a year the International Council on Active Aging convenes meetings to discuss challenges facing the industry as well as solutions that would turn challenges into opportunities. The ICAA Forum in November 2014 cemented the association’s most recent focus—wellness and cognitive health. There, attendees unanimously agreed on the need for, and value of, wellness across the cognitive continuum. At the Spring 2015 Forum in April, attendees arrived ready to fulfill an ambitious goal: To develop a blueprint for bringing wellness-based programs and services to people with cognitive decline.

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Brain Waves: Cultivating brain health at Asbury Methodist Village-5506

Brain Waves: Cultivating brain health at Asbury Methodist Village

Escalating resident interest in brain health led Asbury Methodist Village to launch a program in 2013 called "Brain Waves." This program educates participants about brain health and how to cultivate it. "We weren’t sure how Brain Waves would be received," admits Wellness Associate and Brain Fitness Facilitator Susan Grotenhuis. "But the residents have embraced it, and it's opened up the path for other brain-fitness initiatives."

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Training the brain to change the way we age, part 2: building mental muscle by Lawrence Biscontini, MA-5442

Training the brain to change the way we age, part 2: building mental muscle by Lawrence Biscontini, MA

Neuroplasticity training, also called brain training, sets out to provoke the brain's rewiring response to stimuli. Before undertaking any suggested starting points for this training, however, everyone should understand that we can approach training the brain as if it were a muscle. This article installment provides brain games and tips on how to add neuroplasticity training into daily life.

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