Multi-sensory Environment Stimulates New Brain Activity for Those with Alzheimer’s

October 29, 2015

Theresa_Klein_DSC_0084-27-web-title.jpgIn spring 2015, Emerald Crest by Augustana Care in Burnsville began using a new multi-sensory environment to stimulate brain activity and capability for older adults and other individuals with Alzheimer’s and similar conditions. One resident who had not spoken for at least a year talked to staff and family members after being in the environment for only 30 minutes.

“This environment helps exercise the brain, spurring healthy brain cells to connect and form new pathways,” says Cognitive Specialist Theresa Klein. The environment is the first of its kind to be used with older adults dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, though it has been used to help children and adults with developmental disabilities here.

Read more in this article, published in Sun ThisWeek.

 

 

 

 

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For over two and a half years my husband was a resident. A former nurse, a good friend of mine, went with me to look over memory care facilities and, after a few moments at Emerald Crest we both agreed this was the place for Chuck. I was happy to visit there and observe their daily activities and how they engaged the residents and how caring all the staff was. I have even visited after my husband's death, because I wanted to see staff people again. We couldn't have made a better choice.

— Alice, wife of resident

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