In this modern age, the types of therapies available have evolved to affect more than just physical and mental aspects of a senior’s life. One new type of senior therapy often used in senior services is sensory therapy. Understanding sensory therapy is important to see the impact it
This new type of therapy can help keep seniors’ five senses active if they are beginning to lose them. Sensory therapy exposes patients to a stimulation of the senses in a repetitive and organized way. Treatments often include balance, movement, and structured treatments.
Some of the senses this therapy treats include:
How does sensory therapy work for seniors? Therapists try to engage one or more of the senses through ordinary objects to help evoke positive feelings.
Traditional therapy helps many seniors every day, but for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia, this new type of therapy helps keep their mind active through the senses. Having a senior with dementia participate in sensory therapy can help promote memory retention.
Therapists have seen an impact on self-esteem, mood, and well-being in their patients undergoing the therapy. Dementia often prevents seniors from expressing themselves with words, so sensory therapy allows them to communicate what they are feeling.
Similar to horticultural therapy, seniors begin to remember things due to the sensory activities they do in therapy. When their senses are active, a touch of something or a smell can trigger a past activity they remember doing.
The activities therapists use with their senior patients helps with understanding sensory therapy. It can be simple, repetitive activities but they make a huge impact on the patient's mind.
Some examples of sensory therapy activities are:
These activities help to stimulate each of the senses and keep the patient active throughout the therapy session.
Our mission at Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers is to help our patients with the latest in therapies and treatments. In our Expressions Program, we offer our seniors the chance to stay active through sensory therapy and other types of therapies. Visit us today to see our treatments in action!