At The Memory Center, we believe the challenging conditions of an aging brain should be met with a caring, interactive community designed around the individual. The latest science, nutrition and interactive therapies proven to extend life are part of our philosophy to extend the meaning of life. Using familiar iconic stimuli from the past and advanced research, The Memory Center offers every incentive to celebrate life and find purpose in each day. Functional activities are the core of our program. People with dementia struggle to separate memory from the physical state of present-day living. Our goal is to provide immediate connections that enhance each experience. Research shows that meaningful, structured activities focus and engage an aging mind, thereby easing common symptoms of boredom and agitation. Residents participate in ongoing activities such as folding laundry or helping in the kitchen. The Memory Center embraces individual abilities and talents, not handicaps. Using a Montessori-based approach, The Memory Center provides diverse activities in small, social settings. A hands-on approach to learning is utilized including use of the five senses, kinetic movement and motor skill coordination. The atmosphere is natural and peaceful including safe access to the outdoors. The program seeks to stimulate both mind and body while encouraging social interests. Daily programs are designed to inspire purpose, invigorate healthy lifestyles and uphold the highest quality of life for residents. Highly-structured, planned programming not only prolongs life, but lessens situational agitation, depression and behavioral issues. People with dementia often live only in the moment. The Memory Center, therefore, strives to create good moments. Tasks such as setting the dining room table, delivering mail, making a bed or playing games are all part of free choice activities. Directed by highly-qualified caregiver, activities are reminiscent of the past, respecting the lifestyles and accomplishments of each resident. Activities provide a social role and such thoughtful stimulation keeps residents actively engaged, no matter the level of dementia.