Sensory Therapy As Dementia Treatment
Sensory therapy has been used primarily for learning disabilities, but has been adapted in the United States as a treatment for patients with dementia.
Benefits of Sensory Therapy For Dementia
As someone who has dementia becomes less verbally expressive, sensory therapy provides patients different ways to express themselves. Sensory therapy can affect the following:
- Memory Recovery
How Sensory Therapy Works
Sensory therapy relies on isolating one sense at a time. Examples include:
- Familiar meals and clothing
- Natural materials, such as flowers
- Sensory-rich materials, such as leathers and brushes
For example, a therapist might have a cup of coffee. The person then smells the coffee or holds the warm cup. The therapist would then ask a question about the coffee and offer the patient a taste.
Sensory Stimulation Activities For Dementia
Many sensory activities can be performed at home.
- Bringing in foreign objects
- Giving a massage
- Taking a quick walk
- Reading stories or passages aloud to the senior
- Taking the patient to a different location
Sensory therapy is meant to replace stress and sadness with happiness and positive thoughts. If you are not getting these results, please consult a professional.
Many people find that incorporating these kinds of activities into their daily routine is difficult. Here at Orchard at Athens, we have the time and the resources to help your loved one or someone you may know who has dementia. If you think this would be the place for the person in your care, call us to schedule a tour or get more information on our community.