Pegasus Senior Living has announced a senior memory care program that incorporates an evidence-based approach.

The program, called Connections, aims to increase residents’ cognitive and physical functioning using techniques that have been proven effective by recent research, said Brenda Abbott-Shultz, vice president of Health and Wellness. It includes:

  • The MIND Diet: the Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet has been shown to reduce dementia risks by 54%.
  • Singfit: a music program that provides movement, speech and memory triggers.
  • Creative programming designed to improve neuroplasticity, such as gardening, music, volunteering, social interaction and visual arts. 
  • An environment that incorporates comforting and therapeutic scents in cooking, aromatherapy, and essential oil massages. Soothing sounds will be implemented as well. These include generational music, bubbling water, nature sounds, and wind chimes.

Connections is based on “sound data, not around what worked years ago or the myths of dementia,” Abbott-Shultz said in a statement. “All the necessary care and support are offered from our teams while aligning with residents’ lifelong values, preferences, and interests,” she explained.

Pegasus Senior Living manages 37 communities nationwide, including independent living, assisted living and memory care services.