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The Power of Ice Cream on Alzheimer’s

elderly woman eating an ice cream cone at the beach on a sunny day experiencing the power of ice cream on alzheimers

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a number of resources to help caregivers as they navigate helping loved ones at home with memory issues or for professional caregivers working in a memory care facility. Assisting patients to cope with the frustration they feel from being overwhelmed by once enjoyable and even mundane tasks is a tall order. It’s the true gift that a caregiver offers to those with memory issues. Caregivers are an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient’s stress relief. So having as many simple, uncomplicated – and effective – tips and tricks at the ready makes everyone’s day better.

If you have a loved one that may be showing signs of memory loss and you’re not sure what your next step is, contact a trusted physician first and then give the team at Westminster Place a call at 855.952.5640 to learn more about memory care programs for seniors. We can help you identify the symptoms of senior memory loss and help you manage a plan of care.

Ice Cream and Alzheimer’s

Will ice cream cure Alzheimer’s? No. But it does have benefits. The idea is built around channeling the positive energy and happiness that generally surrounds having ice cream. It makes people happy. So when an Alzheimer’s patient is having an especially frustrating day and cannot self-soothe themselves, ice cream may be a simple answer. At the very least, it can distract them from the frustrating situation and bring them to a happy place in their mind.

Caregivers play the role of the calm in the Alzheimer’s storm. When someone who has Alzheimer’s is frustrated, for whatever real or imaginary reason, the caregiver is the one who can calm, distract, and offer reassurance. This could be as simple as swatting an imaginary fly that is bothering them or offering them a treat (like ice cream) to distract them from the general frustrations they feel while struggling with their memory.

Memory Care at Westminster Place

The Harbor is the signature memory care facility at Westminster Place. It provides a home-away-from-home setting for residents to enjoy life to the fullest. Each memory care resident has their own private suite and access to a community courtyard, garden, and dining area. There are safe, monitored planned activities for all residents and those in residence for short-term respite stays.

Residents of The Harbor enjoy amenities like:

  • Communal dining and living areas in a secure area
  • Chef-prepared meals three times a day
  • Daily housekeeping services and laundry services each week
  • Cable television, internet, and individually-controlled heating and cooling units in their apartment suites
  • No maintenance living
  • A social worker and chaplain at their disposal
  • Programming focused on memory-enhancement
  • 24-hour emergency services
  • Beauty salon and barbershop on-site
  • Outdoor garden and walking paths

Westminster Place Offers Senior Living Options in Texas

The professional caregivers at Westminster Place care deeply about our residents in memory care. Whether offering ice cream or a compassionate shoulder to lean on, you can have peace of mind knowing your loved one is well cared for, even on the most frustrating of days.

In addition to memory care, the senior living options at Westminster Place include:

  • Independent living
  • Assisted living
  • Long-term care
  • Respite care

Westminster Place also offers short-term respite stays for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. As a caregiver, you can take a break and feel comfortable knowing that your loved one is in a safe environment getting the care that they need. Benefit from the attention, support, and respect that every resident at Westminster Place receives.

Give our caring memory care team a call at 855.952.5640 to learn more about all that senior living at Westminster Place has to offer.