Senior prom

It’s that time of year again, and a new cohort of seniors are getting ready for prom.

Autumn Leaves memory care community in Edmond, Oklahoma, will be hosting “Senior Prom, A moment in time” Sunday afternoon for residents with dementia.

The formal is intended to help remember and create happy memories for residents and their families as well as create intimacy between people with dementia and their partners.

“It is not often they can have a moment with their spouse that is tender and special so when they can, we are honored to be able to be a part of it,” says spokeswoman Denise Diaz to the Edmond Sun. “This type of event not only benefits our residents but also is therapeutic and much needed closeness with the spouse and/or adult children.”

Diaz said they will play music residents listened to when they were in their late teens and early 20s, music that may be associated with happy memories like dances or weddings. Research has shown that music therapy can help improve verbal skills, reduce anxiety and spur memories.

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Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia