Indoor and Outdoor Exercise
Our Memory Care Community is in the immaculate settings of The Ambassador, which offers residents indoor or outdoor exercise options including an enclosed garden with walking paths.
The Ambassador of Scarsdale has partnered with Fox Rehabilitation to provide a unique, proactive approach to residents’ functional wellness including residents in our Memory Care Community. Fox Optimal Living is an innovative approach to medical fitness as the program focuses on maximizing each resident’s quality of life, while reducing healthcare spending. Fox Optimal Living will include daily, progressive, customized exercise classes as well as 1:1 sessions with our Exercise Physiologist.
Dementia is a term that is used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other cognitive skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is just one form of progressive dementia directly affecting 5.4 million Americans and impacting 21 million family members. There is currently no cure for the disease, however regular therapeutic exercise has been proven effective in lowering the rates of mental deterioration. Physical and Occupational Therapists take into account the cognitive impact of the disease on each individual’s overall health and their ability to understand and follow important instructions.
Components of FOX Rehabilitation Treatment In a Memory Care Community
- Utilize activities meaningful to the patient to improve strength, cognition, and emotional and physical well being to maintain independence
- Management of fall risk through preventative education, therapeutic exercise, and balance training
- Home safety assessment and environmental modifications to maximize independence
- Advanced caregiver education with focus on caregiver stress management, patient behavior management, communication strategies, and Activities of Daily Living techniques
Benefits of the Treatment
- Enhance Cognitive and Functional Activity Scores - Regular exercise can enhance cognitive and functional activity scores in dementia patients, suggesting that senile dementia may improve by participating in a regular exercise program (Kwak, V.S. et al., 2006).
- Reduce Falls - Occupational therapy interventions that include home safety evaluation, home modification, education, assistive technology, and exercise have a positive effect on fall reduction, fear of falling, independence, nursing home admissions, and many physical factors (Chase et al., 2010).
- Manage Difficult Behaviors - Persons with dementia can benefit from non-pharmacological interventions to manage behavior through caregiver training (Cohen-Mansfield, J., 2000, 2007).
- Reduce Caregiver Burden - Occupational therapy improves daily function and reduces caregiver burden, despite the limited learning abilities of a person with dementia (Graff et al., 2006).