Alden Courts of Shorewood’s Life Enrichment Program offers a variety of evidenced-based, therapeutic programs and recreational activities that provide many health and quality-of-life benefits for our residents. These are all included in your loved one’s set of services.

The Life Enrichment Program includes:

Wellness Sessions using Ayurveda – “Ayurveda Program”

“Ayurveda provides the tools needed to enhance physical and emotional well-being, nourishing the connection between mind, body and spirit.” — Deepak Chopra, M.D.

  • Guided by a certified Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Master Gardener and registered Yoga Teacher who is also a certified Mind Body Health/Ayurveda educator and author, personally trained by Deepak Chopra, M.D. of the Chopra Center for Well-Being
  • Provides exercise and stretching
  • Improves mood
  • Increases breathing techniques
  • Allows for massage therapy
  • Increases sensory stimulation
  • Improves restful sleep
  • Aligns mind, body and health

Animal Therapy – “Best Friend Program”

“Even people with Alzheimer’s recognize a dog and they see that the dog is someone new in their environment. I think they see it as someone with whom they can interact without any worry.” – Mara M. Baun, DNSc, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at the Houston School of Nursing. Learn more about the benefits of Animal Therapy.

  • Guided by a certified Pet Therapist through the Humane Society and through the use of Alden’s aviary birds, fish tank and Vibra Purr™ kittens, which are part of the technology-based services we offer
  • Instills the feeling of unconditional love
  • Meets a need of caring for others
  • Increases physical activity
  • Improves restful sleep
  • Provides tactile, visual and auditory stimulation
  • Increases fun and enjoyment

Music Therapeutic Programming

“Music therapy treatment is efficacious and valid with older persons who have functional deficits in physical, psychological, cognitive or social functioning.” — American Music Therapy Association. Learn more about the benefits of music therapy.

  • Provides cognitive and auditory stimulation
  • Increases alertness, orientation and decreases confusion
  • Increases fun and enjoyment

Art Therapeutic Program – “Expressions Program”

Art projects can create a sense of accomplishment and purpose. They can provide the person with dementia — as well as caregivers — an opportunity for self-expression.” — Alzheimer’s Association. Learn more about the benefits of Art Therapy.

  • Guided by our certified Art Therapist who specializes in memory care
  • Provides cognitive and visual stimulation
  • Increases manual dexterity
  • Improves mood
  • Allows for expression through art when words are hard to find
  • Increases fun and enjoyment

Light Therapy – “Exposure Program”

“Low light level therapy could be used as a preventive intervention in people who present risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease, such as those with chronic cerebrovascular hypoperfusion, mild cognitive impairment, or a history of head trauma…” – Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

  • Guided by our memory care professionals and certified Aromatherapist and Herbalist
  • Increases Vitamin D
  • Decreases sundowning
  • Improves restful sleep
  • Decreases pain and circulation issues
  • Improves mood

Aromatherapy – “Sensations Program”

A clinical trial on the effect of aromatherapy on patients with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009 showed improvement in cognition for all patients involved in this study, 60% of whom had Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Guided by our memory care professionals and Aromatherapist and Herbalist Mary Beth Janssen
  • Provides cognitive and olfactory stimulation
  • Increases appetite
  • Decreases pain issues
  • Improves mood

Intergenerational Program – “Nurture Program”

“The dolls can become an integral part of a senior’s life and caring for the doll as they would care for a baby becomes a major part of their day-to-day responsibilities. Doll therapy … may bring back some happy memories of early parenthood and help make seniors feel useful and needed.” —

  • Guided by our memory care professionals using lifelike infant dolls
  • Provides cognitive, tactile, auditory and visual stimulation
  • Encourages nurturing skills
  • Instills the feeling of unconditional love
  • Improves mood

Horticulture Therapy – “Nature Lovers Program”

The American Horticultural Therapy Association supports the use of horticulture activities with patients with dementia. Learn more about the benefits of Horticultural Therapy.

  • Guided by our Master Gardener and memory care professionals
  • Increases manual dexterity
  • Improves mood
  • Provides tactile, visual and cognitive stimulation

Relaxation Program – “Retreat Program”

“While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, research suggests yoga and meditation may play a role in prevention and improve symptoms and quality of life for patients …” – Yoga Journal

  • Combines aromatherapy, massage, breathing techniques, yoga and meditation
  • Allows for relaxation and encourages rest time
  • Improves mood and decreases aggressive tendencies
  • Provides an opportunity for the brain to ‘take a break’
  • Increases restful sleep
  • Decreases the potential for skin issues or falls

Spiritual Program – “Inner Bliss Program”

“Many seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease have relied on their religious beliefs to provide comfort, peace, and happiness throughout their lives. When a person experiences memory loss, their spiritual needs must be realized and fulfilled in order to maintain an important facet of their lives.” – Shadowbox Press

  • Connects the mind, body and spirit
  • Encourages reflection and relaxation
  • Allows those to connect to a higher power if they wish
  • Provides comfort

At Alden Courts of Shorewood, we offer a holistic, comprehensive approach to quality care and services for individuals with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other conditions that cause dementia.