17 Jan Cognitive Health and Resident Food, Education and Activities
Improve the work life of your staff and the quality of life for your residents all while enhancing the ROI of your community.
Leveraging MemoryMeals™ to become a brain leader helps keep your current residents healthier and attracting new residents who want to optimize their cognitive health throughout their lives. Now available to senior care facilities around the country, MemoryMeals™ combines chef-created recipes, cognitive activities and education to improve residents’ overall health and enhance their quality of life. This clinically-vetted nutrition program offers an innovative answer to the problem of dementia in seniors at a time when new drug therapies are proving to be unsuccessful.
Lower the Risk of Dementia By As Much As 53%
MemoryMeals™ is based on the MIND Diet, a research-based nutrition plan shown to elevate cognitive health with simple changes in diet and lifestyle. Developed by researchers at Rush University in Chicago, the MIND diet centers around brain-healthy ingredients such as fish, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts, plus the addition of leafy greens, berries, and other ingredients specifically targeted to cognitive health. The result: the MIND diet has been shown to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53% and slow cognitive decline in senior by as much as 6.5 years(1).
The beauty of MemoryMeals™ is that it seamlessly combines the benefits of the MIND diet into your facility’s operational plan, integrating the goals of your culinary, activities and marketing departments by delivering monthly menu plans tightly coordinated with resident-focused brain-stimulating games and activities, as well as educational marketing messages to keep your residents engaged.
Diet and Exercise Shown to Be More Beneficial Than Any Drug
According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the prevalence of dementia has fallen sharply in recent years. The likely cause is linked to the rising educational levels of Americans and a better emphasis on heart health—two factors that correlate to brain health. That’s good news, since we now have proof that there are tangible behavioral and social steps that can significantly reduce the risk of dementia, including diet, exercise and educational “brain training.” That’s especially significant since recent efforts to find an Alzheimer’s cure using drug therapy have failed to show any benefit in the latest clinical trials.
It’s worth noting that even though dementia rates are falling, the total number of Americans suffering from the condition will continue to increase as the number of seniors over age 65 is expected to almost double by 2050.
Coordinate + Collaborate = Improved Brain Health
MemoryMeals™ makes it easy to help improve the cognitive health of your residents by coordinating the various aspects of brain health—diet, social activities and resident engagement—into one simple-to-implement program. Brain-healthy menus tie-in seamlessly with activities that both stimulate the brain and promote socialization.
Every month, MemoryMeals™ publishes a customizable meal plan with recommended resident engagement activities and ready-for-release promotional collateral. Kick your trivia night up a notch with brain-health teasers that are coordinated with your meal plan. Or invite your residents to plant centerpieces of brain-healthy herbs that are featured in their meals throughout the month. With MemoryMeals™, you don’t have to sit through brainstorming interdepartmental meetings…all of the work and coordinating is done for you!
Spend More Quality Time with Your Residents
Stop rushing past your residents and letting your work pile up. MemoryMeals™ can help you coordinate with your co-workers and produce fun, healthy programs that your residents will love to engage with. It’s easy to adopt, quick to produce and designed to make work simpler and more fulfilling for every member of your staff, from the chef and kitchen crew to the activities team to the marketing department.
(1) “MIND diet associated with reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease”, Martha Clare Morris , Christy C. Tangney, Yamin Wang, Frank M. Sacks, David A. Bennett, Neelum T. Aggarwal.