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Music and Memory: Fighting Memory Loss with the Power of Sound

Jul 1, 2022 10:10:43 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Memory Care, Pacifica Services

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Memory and sense are closely connected. A smell, a feel, or a sound can often evoke strong memories. Music therapy is an important tool in Memory Care fields that can be used to help those dealing with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other memory loss conditions.

Music is powerful and emotional. Sounds are so closely linked with internal memories and muscle memories, that often we connect sounds with recollections without even realizing it. If you’ve ever tapped along to a song unconsciously, or remembered all the words to an old childhood tune, you’ve experienced the power music can have in evoking deep, internal memories.

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Explore Pacifica Senior Living's Care™ Levels

Apr 25, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Memory Care, Assisted Living, Independent Living

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Senior living is definitely not a one size fits all offering. You might liken it to a piece of custom furniture; you pick the pattern, colors, style, and size but what suits you best might not be right for everyone. Such is the case with senior living. Each individual brings their preferences, needs, and desires to the table in hopes of finding just the right accommodations to fit their lifestyle. So, how do you know where to start this search for the perfect senior sanctuary? Our overview will point you down the right path and get you started on your journey to senior living.

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Community Spotlight: Memory Care at Mission Villa

Apr 4, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Community Spotlight, Memory Care

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Pacifica Senior Living Mission Villa is a Legacies Memory Care community dedicated to offering the very best care and home like environment for those dealing with memory loss, Alzheimer's, or cognitive impairment. Our mission is to foster a community rooted in respect and dignity and provide a comfortable, peaceful home for our Memory Care residents.

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How Newport Mesa is Using The Namaste Program to Enhance Memory Care

Mar 23, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Memory Care

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How Can Scent Impact Memory Care?

Mar 9, 2022 3:09:35 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Memory Care

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The connection between our senses and our memory is a deep one. Smells, sounds, and tastes can invoke warm memories, while visuals and touch can have strong associations. This connection between memory and sense can be a useful tool in Memory Care programs and treatments.

At Pacifica Senior Living we aim to be on the cusp of new studies, programs and treatments that can help our residents enjoy a more comfortable, peaceful life.

 

Those that experience memory loss, or have been diagnosed with cognitive disorders such as Parkinson's or Dementia can often feel uneasy, out of place, or generally unsettled due to gaps in their memory.

By using research and studies that focus on the impact of scent in relation to memory, our team at Pacifica is better able to assist when memory care is needed. Our aim is to ensure those dealing with memory conditions enjoy the most relaxed, comfortable, and stable surroundings possible. 

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Namaste Program at Pacifica Senior Living

Mar 2, 2022 1:00:00 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Memory Care

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When a person is diagnosed with a degenerative neurological condition like Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease or other memory loss diseases, they may experience new challenges or disruptions to their routines and daily life. Favorite pastimes become more difficult, and managing household tasks can feel overwhelming. These individuals may even feel disoriented or out of place. 

With Dementia rates unfortunately climbing, the need for specialized care programs is also increasing.  At Pacifica Senior Living & The Meridian communities, we offer our innovative Namaste Care™ to help residents experience as much peace and calm as possible in the later stages of life.

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World Hospice & Palliative Care Day

Oct 17, 2021 10:30:00 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Memory Care, Healthcare and General News

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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day was recognized on October 9th as a way to bring attention to the important role end-of-life care plays in an individual’s comfort during the final stages of his or her life. 


Hospice care saw its first iteration in 1967, created by Cicely Saunders in England as an effort to establish end-of-life-care practices. Her philosophies spread overseas to the United States, where similar practices were implemented. 


In 1987, Dr. Declan Walsh established the first hospital-based palliative care center in Cleveland at the Cleveland Center. When Medicare authorized formal hospice care in the 1990s, providers across the nation began to make larger strides in the field of palliative care. World Hospice and Palliative Card Day was established in 2005, and has been celebrated across America in the nearly two decades since. 


On World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, we at Pacifica Senior Living take a moment to celebrate our hospice and palliative caregivers. Palliative caregivers go above and beyond to help their residents feel comfortable and at-ease during their stay in hospice, creating a soothing transition for those living with terminal illness. 


We invite families to learn more about our hospice and palliative care options by chatting with us below. When our communities are not able to provide palliative care, we are happy to help families make arrangements with nearby providers. We believe all individuals deserve access to quality palliative care, as it serves a vital role in a person’s life as they approach its final stages. 


To learn more about our  hospice and palliative care options, reach out to a community near you. We look forward to serving you! 

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Increase in Dementia

Sep 10, 2021 11:07:57 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Memory Care, Healthcare and General News, Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 55 million people throughout the world are living with dementia. Conditions like Alzheimer’s disease include dementia as a symptom, causing an individual to lose their memory and cognitive function. Data from the WHO suggests dementia costs families $1.3 trillion per year. 

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Memory Care Coming To Lantana and Ocala!

Mar 9, 2021 9:26:40 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Community Spotlight, Memory Care

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Here at Pacifica Senior Living, we are always excited to introduce new communities joining our family and with that announcing new program offerings. Today, it’s our pleasure to share a great new addition to two of our Florida communities. Commencing this spring, Pacifica Senior Living Ocala and The Meridian at Lantana will be offering our award-winning LegaciesTM Memory Care program to help Florida’s seniors navigate their memory care journey with comfort and dignity.

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Creativity and Engagement Through Crafting

Mar 4, 2021 11:30:58 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Memory Care, Healthcare and General News, Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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Crafting is something that many of us enjoy, regardless of age. Old and young alike, there is something wonderfully calming and nostalgic about sitting down with needles and yarn, paint and a brush, a little bit of clay, or even just some fabric remnants and letting your creative side take over. As we age, our mobility can become limited, so crafting also becomes one of the few activities in which seniors can actively participate as fully as younger folks, and it comes with a variety of health benefits that make it a meaningful way to spend an afternoon.

It also brings the added benefit of providing another outlet for reducing stress and lowering blood pressure in seniors. As a low-impact activity that requires focus and patience, it is cognitively challenging and a great option for those looking to help maintain or boost their memory during. While crafting may not often be on a doctor’s list of prescribed medicines, it’s a surefire way to help boost the health of seniors, and can also provide benefits to the well-being of both caregivers and seniors alike because it is an activity that can be enjoyed together.

A few specific craft related activities that promote wellness include the following:

Painting
The beautiful thing about painting is that there are many mediums to choose from—oils and acrylics to paint-by-numbers or even finger-painting if you’re not afraid of a little mess, seniors can paint the way they want to and paint the images they want. Deciding what you want to paint and how to paint it is also a big part of the fun and appeal of the activity. Perhaps most importantly, painting is a fantastic stress reducer, and according to doctors, repetitive movements help release serotonin, helping to boost mood and can even reduce symptoms of depression.

Knitting 
Many seniors may already know how to knit or crochet, but if not, it’s easy to learn while still being a great example of the kind of relaxing entertainment we’re talking about. Plus, this is an activity where it’s easy to start small and expand to a bigger project as your skills develop. This means that whether you are crocheting a potholder or a full-size quilt, you will get the same kind of benefits in connection with dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and focus skills, no matter what size project you’re working on. 

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