Reminiscence Therapy and Activities for Seniors with Dementia in Sarasota County
At Town Square Sarasota, we understand the emotional toll that dementia can take on both the people who live with this condition and their loved ones. That’s why we offer immersive reminiscence therapy services that can improve the well-being of your family member who has dementia and bring joy to daily life.
Our team curates activities such as sharing memories, appreciating music, and participating in other nostalgic experiences that reduce agitation and improve overall well-being. We strive to create a caring and supportive environment that your loved one will enjoy and look forward to participating in.
WHAT ARE REMINISCENCE THERAPY SERVICES?
Reminiscence therapy is a therapeutic practice that involves revisiting and exploring memories. At Town Square Sarasota, each fun and socially engaging day is centered around reminiscence therapy services tailored to the needs and preferences of our members.
Our therapy services include reminiscing about past experiences using authentic vintage objects and thought-provoking prompts that can help to ignite happiness, mitigate frustration, and provide a sense of closure and fulfillment. Additionally, reminiscence therapy can promote physical health benefits that can come from lowered stress, such as lower blood pressure and better sleep.
We understand how hard it can be to navigate a cognitive condition, and that this is difficult for the family of the person affected as well. That’s why we are committed to fostering a welcoming and safe environment founded on the best and most current memory care practices, giving you total peace of mind.
HOW DOES REMINISCENCE THERAPY WORK?
Reminiscence therapy is designed to help seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease reconnect with their past memories. This type of therapy focuses on using long-term memories, particularly those from a person’s younger years, to improve well-being and reduce confusion or frustration caused by memory loss.
The therapy helps individuals access vibrant memories associated with major milestones, joys, and achievements, which they can then share in a safe and supportive environment.
HOW IS REMINISCENCE THERAPY PERFORMED?
Reminiscence therapy relies on recalling memories from one’s formative years. To make the experience as immersive as possible, we’ve designed our facility to resemble a small American town as it would have looked in the 1950s through 1960s. From the decor to the music, photographs and films, food, and overall environment, we aim to create a reminiscent space that feels authentic and familiar to our members.
Our dementia-trained staff members then use these elements to help our members uncover and share important core memories, all while forming beneficial social bonds and having a great time exploring hobbies, competing in recreational activities, learning new things, and more.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REMINISCENCE THERAPY?
There is sadly no cure for dementia or memory loss at this time. However, reminiscence therapy is considered one of the best therapeutic modalities for conditions like this and offers many benefits for seniors with memory-related conditions.
It can help to improve mood and reduce feelings of isolation and depression. It can also increase self-esteem and create a sense of purpose. Additionally, it can enhance communication and social interactions and provide a sense of continuity and connection to the past.
11 Types of Gentle Reminiscence at Our Storefronts:
Town Square Sarasota is home to 11 authentic, themed activity areas, which we call storefronts:
A creative hub where members are free to express themselves through visual art.
A throwback experience where members can enjoy classic films, shows, and musicals from the golden age of Hollywood as well as guest performances.
Home to our staff headquarters, where we’re always available to answer questions or just say hello, the walls of City Hall pay tribute to those who served our country.
A nostalgic trip down memory lane as members admire classic cars from the 1950s and ’60s.
A delicious trip back in time as members savor classic dishes from the ’50s and enjoy grooving to the tunes from the original jukebox.
An open-plan fitness area equipped with cutting-edge senior-friendly exercise technology.
Little Blue House
A nostalgic living room where members can feel at home and relaxed.
An accurate recreation of old-school neighborhood newsstands offering both new and vintage newspapers and magazines.
Town Square Library
A peaceful space for members to relax and reminisce with vintage and iconic books.
A serene and tranquil setting for members to recollect their favorite outdoor activities.
A fun-filled space for members to bond over classic games and activities from the 1950s and ’60s.
Each storefront has a specific theme that captures the atmosphere and essence of the ’50s and ’60s, providing an immersive and engaging experience for members. The storefronts are designed to be interactive and fun, giving members lots of opportunities to contemplate, share memories, and have meaningful conversations.
Experience the Joy of Reminiscence at Town Square Sarasota
Reminiscence therapy offers seniors a sense of joy and connection to their past while promoting a feeling of closure. At Town Square Sarasota, we have created a unique and immersive environment to facilitate these memories and moments.
Our 11 storefronts provide a variety of experiences that tap into all five senses, evoking memories of the past and sparking conversation and connection. Our caring team is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable space for seniors to reminisce and share their stories.
Contact us today to schedule a visit, learn more about our programs and services, and ask our friendly team any questions you might have. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Town Square Sarasota.