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What Is Life Like at A Memory Care Community?

Our memory care communities are designed to provide seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia with a safe and structured place where they can work on maintaining their current skills under the care of great staff. They can decorate their apartment with the furniture, photographs and belongings they love most, gather with friends for resident socials, barbecues and games and enjoy some seriously good food.

It can be challenging thinking about moving someone you love to memory care. Just know you aren’t alone. Many caregivers wrestle with these feelings. The good news is that many of them feel an overwhelming sense of peace after they see a family member thriving in a community because they feel a sense of belonging and purpose.

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You Can Enjoy Activities for the Mind, Body, and Soul

Even though your family member is living with dementia, they still have their own unique interests, likes and dislikes. We make a point to incorporate those individual interests, passions and hobbies into our Clare Bridge daily path of programs. 

The Clare Bridge Daily Path of programs is an individualized, gently structured organization to the day that is designed to meet the specific needs of each resident. With programming seven days a week and a minimum of six group programs per day, these activities help residents maintain their current abilities and encourage them to use their remaining skills. The programs can include smaller clustered group experiences and can be based on each resident’s individual and unique history, past interests, passions and involvement.

Activities are designed to tackle all aspects of health, including physical, mental and spiritual. Activities can be anything from fitness classes and music performances to resident socials and more. 

*2011 study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

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Did You Know?

Social connections can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and even decrease the risk of dementia in older adults.*


“When my mom moved to Brookdale, she got involved in activities I never knew she would enjoy. Her community hosted parties with lots of dancing, and I had never seen her dance. But as a young girl, she was very fond of dancing. So when she came here and those parties were held almost every week, she really had an opportunity to thrive.”


Nelson, son of a Brookdale resident

You Can Eat Healthy, Well-Balanced Meals

Over the course of the last several decades, we’ve discovered a few notable ways to nurture our residents’ strengths through our award-winning Clare Bridge dining program. Because our communities provide dementia-friendly menus, familiar selections, and easy-to-manage choices, your loved one can feel empowered to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

A few of the other ways we try to help our residents make the most of their experiences around the table include:

  • Supporting their interest in food by enhancing the dining experience with music, beautiful centerpieces, warm and scented hand towels and fresh linens
  • Providing dining assistance for anyone who could use a little extra help at meal times
  • Keeping our dining rooms small and seating consistent so residents can enjoy their meals without stress or confusion
  • Offering menu choices that honor each resident’s preferences and tastes while still meeting their weight and nutrition goals

*2012 study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

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Did You Know?

Being underweight has serious health consequences for a senior, which is why proper nutrition is crucial to overall health and wellness.*

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A Day in the Life of a Dementia Care Resident

On any given day, you may find our residents enjoying everything from puzzles and games to live musical performances and excursions to local parks and restaurants. We have a long list of activities and events, and each one is designed to help the seniors who call this place home maintain their current skills, improve their cognitive functions and live their best life.

Want to know more? Here’s what a day in the life might look like for your loved one if they lived in one of our dementia care communities.

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Further Reading

You’ve heard people mention dementia care, but what does it mean?

The cost of memory care can vary, but there are several ways to afford it.

There are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a dementia care community.