Bickford of Midland
Assisted Living & Memory Care
Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Midland, we don’t ask you to give up your home, your treasures, your memories. Instead, we want you to bring the pieces of the home you love into ours and make it yours. Through personalized assisted living and memory care services, we invite you to share your stories with us, to see Bickford as an extension of your home.
Scrapbooking and Mental Health
Mental health is an important aspect of overall health; it is especially important for seniors of all ages and ability levels to find fun and challenging pastimes to engage the mind. Scrapbooking is an easy, enjoyable, and effective activity that offers many mental health benefits for seniors. The simple act of creating a scrapbook can engage the memory and emotion centers of the brain, help seniors to feel accomplishment as they complete this task, and foster social ties with family and peers alike.
Scrapbooking and Stress ReliefStudies have shown that engaging in any craft can have a dramatic effect on mental stress. In fact, crafting—including scrapbooking—produces stress relief effects similar to those of meditation, deep breathing, and yoga. When your attention and focus are on a craft, worries and cares seem less important. Thus, scrapbooking is an excellent way for seniors who cannot move easily or comfortably to achieve a high level of stress relief for a more positive outlook on life and better mental and even physical health. Reminiscing itself also has a beneficial impact on mood, helping seniors to recall fond memories and emotions, allowing them to reconnect with their past in a positive way.
Scrapbooking and MemoryScrapbooking is a wonderful way for seniors to relive and share positive memories about their lives. Photos can jog the memory, prompting you to recall in vivid detail events you’ve attended or family and friends you haven’t seen in years. Scrapbooking has been recognized for its use as an integral component of reminiscence therapy, both for healthy seniors and those who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Recent studies have also provided further evidence that scrapbooking has beneficial cognitive effects for Alzheimer’s patients. In many cases, looking at photographs can prompt memories that may seem long gone, helping Alzheimer’s patients to recognize family and friends once more. Furthermore, scrapbooking helps to maintain memories within in the brain by encouraging seniors with Alzheimer’s to continue accessing remote memories, which often do not deteriorate as quickly as more recent memories.
Scrapbooking and Social ConnectionOne of the major benefits of scrapbooking is that it is a very social activity. Social activities gain importance with age—maintaining close social ties can slow the effects of dementia by engaging the brain with new information while encouraging it to access older memories. Scrapbooking can prompt discussions about the past, including the sharing of precious stories and memories with others. This encourages seniors to engage with their peers, strengthening the social connections that are integral to health and happiness. Thus, encouraging seniors to take part in scrapbooking activities provides a valuable platform to make and maintain friendships, as well keep up valuable connections with family.
At Bickford of Midland, we are dedicated to providing our residents with a full schedule of activities and therapies that promote health and happiness. Our assisted living community offers dementia and Alzheimer’s care in addition to companion care, medication management, and care coordination with our on-site Registered Nurse. Please visit our website to learn more about our community, our services, and our monthly activities.
The Benefits of Retreat and Day Stays
The term “caregiving” often brings to mind living in a senior community. However, caregiving is actually a flexible senior care option that can be sought for a matter of weeks, days, or even hours on an as-needed basis. If your family contains a senior loved one in need of temporary care—or if you, as a caregiver, need a brief respite—then retreat and day stays at Bickford Senior Living could be exactly the type of caregiving your loved one needs.
Retreat and Day Stays ExplainedRetreat and day stays are temporary caregiving options that provide care on a short-term basis. Day stays may include care at a senior living community from sunrise to sundown or for only a few hours during the day. Retreat stays provide care for a few days or weeks, but are ultimately temporary caregiving situations as well. During a day or retreat stay, your loved one will be privy to as much or as little care and companionship as needed. Whether your loved one is fully independent and would simply like to enjoy the benefits of a senior community or requires medical assistance or memory care, every aspect of his care will be addressed during his day or retreat stay.
Benefits of Day StaysDay stays offer an ideal solution for family caregivers with busy schedules. Whether you simply need a few hours to yourself or have work or personal business you must attend to, your senior loved one can enjoy care and companionship for as few or as many hours as necessary. A day stay ensures your loved one will continue to receive nutritious meals, medication management, and any other special needs while you are busy. A day stay can also provide your senior loved one with an enriching opportunity to make and maintain new friendships and enjoy senior activities outside of his own home.
Benefits of Retreat StaysRetreat stays are meant to provide longer-term care than day stays. A retreat stay may last several days or up to a few weeks, depending upon your needs. Retreat stays can be the ideal solution if your loved one has undergone recent surgery or other significant medical treatment. While your loved one’s home may not be equipped for a safe recovery, a retreat stay in a senior living community provides the round-the-clock care and companionship necessary for a fast and healthy recovery. Alternatively, retreat stays can be ideal when family caregivers need a longer break. Perhaps you have business or a family vacation you’d like to attend, but are concerned about leaving your senior loved one at home. A retreat stay in a senior living community provides both you and your loved one with peace of mind while you are away.
Bickford Senior Living of Midland, MI, understands that every individual has unique needs and concerns. We are here to provide as much or as little care as your loved one needs to provide comfort, happiness, and peace of mind. Please visit our website to find out more about our wide variety of senior care and living options, including companion care, independent living, assisted living, and specialized memory care.