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Memory Care Activities for Aging Parents

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Seniors who participate in various memory care activities discover many benefits beyond delaying the progressive cognitive decline common with aging and dementia. Fun and engaging activities, like chess, baking, or gardening, are just some of the activities seniors can do to improve their mental health and lead an enriching retirement.

Calder Woods is an active senior living community that welcomes senior adults who are looking for a warm and happy place to enjoy their golden years. Our memory care programs are designed around each of our resident’s needs and offer many fun and engaging activities to fill their days. Our community supports active seniors and those who need daily care to maintain their quality of life.

To learn more about our senior memory care program and how it can benefit your parents, call 409.407.7636 today to schedule a tour and meet our dedicated team.

The Benefits of Memory Care Activities

At some point in our lives, we begin to lose some cognitive abilities. It is a simple fact of aging, and, for some, it can be very debilitating. In 2022, reports show that one in nine seniors over the age of 65 live with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia1.

Memory care involves physical, speech, and occupational therapy along with medication to reduce some of the effects of memory loss and the decline of certain abilities. It also includes a number of holistic activities that have proven benefits for seniors with dementia. Some activities you enjoy today can go a long way toward slowing cognitive decline.

Just some of the benefits of participating in memory care activities include:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improves your mood
  • Stimulates your mind
  • Increases social interaction
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Better physical health
  • Allows seniors to maintain their independence
  • Enhances senior’s quality of life

At Calder Woods, we offer many fun activities for memory care, such as arts and crafts, activity clubs, and educational classes, so your parents or loved ones can have a fulfilling retirement. Our community features spacious floorplans, a wide range of culinary experiences, and other senior programs.

4 Memory Care Activities for Aging Parents

Improving your memory and living independently longer is as easy as playing a favorite game or participating in a book club for a lively discussion of a favorite novel. By staying mentally active, seniors give their brains a mental workout that will keep them strong and healthy.

Here are four memory care activities for aging parents:

1. Gardening

Tending to a small garden and keeping your plants healthy keeps you mentally active and gives you an excellent physical workout as well. This activity requires daily attention and can reduce stress, ease joint tension, and provide a sense of purpose.

2. Arts and Crafts

Being creative is a great mental exercise and a fun social activity. Senior communities often have group arts and crafts days where seniors can create a variety of art, from painting and drawing to creating collages, photo albums, and other creative projects. This activity can also improve motor function, reduce stress, and give seniors a sense of accomplishment.

3. Regular Exercise

Starting an exercise program can significantly improve your mental health. Exercise is a natural stress reliever that can improve sleep patterns, strength, and balance. Caring for themselves instead of relying on others can greatly improve seniors’ confidence and encourage them to be more social.

4. Taking a Class

Learning a new subject, such as computer skills, cooking, or playing an instrument, is one of the best ways to improve seniors’ overall mental health. Continual learning strengthens neural connections, improves neural regeneration, and allows seniors to maintain a healthier state of mind.

There are many more memory care activities that seniors can do on their own to improve their cognitive function and memory retention. These can include reading, journaling, dancing, cooking, puzzles, chess, and other mentally stimulating games.

Join Calder Woods Today for Our Senior Memory Care Programs

At Calder Woods in Beaumont, TX, we welcome seniors of all activity levels who are ready to find a community filled with their friends, peers, and professional support. In addition to our memory care services, we have a number of other services, including long-term skilled nursing care, respite care, and health and wellness programs

Reach out online or call 409.407.7636 today to schedule a tour and discover what our senior memory care programs can do to improve your parent’s mental well-being.


1National Investment Center – “Memory Care – An In-Depth Analysis of the Sector’s Standing and Dynamics”