Multicolor chess pieces standing on a red table with a blue backdrop.

These Board Games Improve Memory and Problem Solving

Christmas is right around the corner. Instead of buying another scarf or blanket, invest in a game that will challenge your mind and jog your memory. Board games while not as popular as they used to be, still have a timeless feel. If you’re looking for some easy entertainment and fun, then these board games can provide you with just that and more. Strengthening your memory and problem-solving skills is especially important for residents in assisted living care centers.

The Settlers of Catan

Catan or rather, Settlers is a multiplayer board game where players become settlers and try to build their holding areas by acquiring resources and trading them. This is a game that requires lots of communication and strategizing. The great thing about it is that it is fairly easy to learn, so picking up on the rules should be simple. The typical amount of players is 3-4 but with expansions, this number can increase.

Ticket to Ride

Trains! This game is great for geography and conversing about your travels. Players are given cards that have different kinds of train cars. You then use these cards to mark your train route with the small train shaped pieces. Your goal is to connect to destination cities and or create the longest route. The classic version mimics a map of North America, whereas other variations of the game cover other countries. This can spark memories of past travels and family genealogy.

Betrayal at House on the Hill

The board of this game mimics that of Clue where there are several rooms in a large house, players have to navigate through. Different rooms within the mansion contain items, omens, or traps. You are all allies until the “haunt” begins where one of the player’s sides with the monsters and ghosts. The betrayer assumes the role of one of the monsters and remaining players must strategize to defeat them.
This game is pretty hefty to learn, but once you’ve played once, you won’t want to stop. Every time you play it’s like a brand new game. Anyone or no one could become the betrayer at any moment. The suspense and variability of the game keeps it fresh and you won’t easily burn out after a few times.

Incan Gold

Speaking of traps. Incan Gold is a game where players have to collect treasure all while avoiding traps and hauling your findings back to camp. A total of eight people can play this game, so it makes it great for large gatherings. This board game for seniors will exercise their problem-solving and creativity. Luckily, because it’s a luck-based game, it’s just a question of how lucky are you? And How much are you willing to risk?

Chess

We had to include this board game. Studies have shown that chess offers numerous amounts of health benefits. A big part of it is memory improvement. Players have to remember their opponents playing style, rules, and mistakes. Chess sparks both sides of the brain to work, so players can show off their logical and creative side all at once. Someone great at chess exhibits high memory recall and performance. There is something very calming about playing chess. With its ability for players to keep to themselves and strategize in their heads, chess is a game that can be enjoyed without speaking a word.

Assisted Living Nampa

If your assisted living center doesn’t already have some of these board games, then I would consider gifting these to your friends and family. They are a great way to connect and compete with fellow residents and family members. At Streamside Assisted Living in Nampa Idaho, we provide a helping hand when you need it most. Our residents are an important part of what we do, so we make sure their stay is as comfortable and fun as they want it to be.

Nostalgic Candy on a Wooden Table

The Nostalgic Candy We Know and Love

Halloween is right around the corner. Ever thought about the different types of candy that are out there nowadays? There are so many variations and new names that are becoming kid favorites today. What about when you were young? Let’s go over some nostalgic candies that you may have had in the past or are snacking on right now.

You may find some of these candies lurking around your assisted living center in Nampa. Read below to see if you find any familiar candies from your childhood, and feel free to share these small stories about each one.

Jelly Beans

How could we not mention Jelly Beans? With their variety of flavors, these sugar-packed beans of greatness are a top favorite among many people.

Members of the popular band The Beatles didn’t so much enjoy these candies as much as we have. They went through quite the experience when they were pelted with jelly beans at a concert in 1964. George told a New York reporter, “Every now and again, one would hit a string on my guitar and plonk off a bad note as I was trying to play.”

Nonetheless, we still love the darn things.

Lemon Heads

Did your mouth salivate reading that? These sour but sweet candies were created in 1962, and are still making people pucker their lips. The inventor gained inspiration for naming the candy after noticing his grandson’s head was shaped like a lemon. Maybe he should have kept that to himself, but then again we wouldn’t want LemonHeads to have never existed in the first place.

Razzles

I remember trying some of these and being very confused by the texture. It wasn’t until my grandmother sang, First it’s a candy, then it’s a gum. Little round Razzles are so much fun.” that I knew I wasn’t supposed to swallow it. If you want to confuse your grandchildren, then I would highly suggest handing them a pack of Razzles. Originally these were only raspberry flavored, but have since come in a variety of flavors as the years have gone on.

Werther’s Original

These hard caramels are an addicting addition to your Halloween stash. These candies provide a soothing caramel experience that lasts. Their signature gold wrappers make them very visually appealing for placement in clear decorative bowls too. If you want a small taste of Germany, then Werther’s Original is the candy for you. They also have a caramel kitchen in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot in Disney World.

Tootsie Roll

Whatever you see, does it become a Tootsie Roll to you? Talk about another candy with a nostalgic jingle. The unique texture of these candies makes it a hot commodity even today. Because they were the first penny candy to be individually wrapped, they became easily shareable.

Tootsie Roll Industries has grown substantially and acquired several other candies like Andes Mints, DOTS, and Razzles under their corporate umbrella. If you’re a fan of lollipops then their Tootsie Pops give you two candies in one. They also offer a Clean Stick Award for anyone who finds out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

Senior Living Nampa

Fall is chilly, warm your heart by sharing these small stories about all of your favorite candies at Streamside. It’s important that the residents at Streamside Assisted Living find joy in little things like this. We aim to provide a helping hand when you need it while ensuring your independence is still there. Your senior living center doesn’t have to be stripped of holiday cheer, buy some candy that reminds you of your trick-or-treating days.

A holiday pumpkin in a assisted living home

Fall Décor Ideas in Assisted Living

The holiday season is here. Don’t let your assisted living apartment feel cold and uninviting. Get cozy with these charming décor ideas.

Placemats & Centerpieces

If you have a smaller table in your assisted living apartment, then don’t be afraid to mix and match the placemat colors. Use variations of yellows, oranges, reds, and browns. You can also create amazing centerpieces with pomegranates and decorative pumpkins.

Orange Accents

Nothing says fall more than orange blanket and pillow accents. To create an autumn mood, purchase a throw blanket or pillow that mimics the color of foliage in fall. Choose one that is cozy as well. The weather may be chilly so stay warm in style. It can also be used for general décor since the color orange creates a sense of warmth, making the space feel more inviting.

Lighting

To reduce the hazard of tripping, buy battery-powered candles that can be placed in plastic pumpkin holders. If you are wanting to replace any of the lighting in your apartment, opt for warm white or orange glow lights that can still offer high visibility at night.

Simple Pictures

Sometimes more simplistic décor is all you will want to create an autumn ambiance. Because the leaves are falling all over, if you find a beautifully colored one, place it on a piece of white paper and frame it for a clean seasonal look.

Chalkboard Recipes

Craft stores have gotten clever for fall décor this year. You can find several chalkboard frame variations that has either leaves, pumpkins, or some other kind of fall aesthetic on them. Write down your favorite pumpkin pie recipe or little holiday family reminders. The chalkboard will also aid in memory recall for seniors needing memory care services.

Grandchildren Crafts

We all know that the little ones are given fall crafts to make during school. These made-with-heart craft projects are perfect for fall decorations in a senior assisted living facility. It becomes even better when there is a photo attached to really bring in a sense of family. Create a magnet out of the craft, or frame it on your side table, for a small autumn boost.

Sentimental Value

Some assisted living apartments are smaller than the house or apartment a senior was in before transitioning. So, for family members, it can be very special for you to bring in décor from your own home or décor from their home that they’ve put away when moving. A lot of the time most holiday decorations are put in a box never to be found again. By taking the time to dig through your garage, you may find memorable decorations that would bring value to the assisted living apartment your loved one is in.

Before You Go

Before going to Hobby Lobby or Michaels be sure to check the guidelines of your assisted living center. Some décor may not be up to code, or just pose a hazard to the facility. Keep in mind physical capabilities, and health too. Enjoy this season and be sure to surround yourself with family and friends. The holidays are meant to be celebrated, so whether you want to do one of the above or many of the above, choose décor options that will make the apartment feel more like home.

An elderly man in memory care

What is Memory Care?

Many seniors and families come across memory care services when they are looking for residential communities. However, because memory care was not always available, many people do not know what it entails.

Memory Care Support

Memory care is centered around individuals or couples dealing with memory-oriented conditions late in their life. Some of these impacted conditions or disorders are dementia, Alzheimer’s, Agnosia, Parkinson’s, etc. Because the expectations of support for memory care residents are different than those not managing these experiences, the level of care is inherently specialized.

Accessory Care

Some of these added supportive measures may require administrative needs that a spouse, family member, or friend just does not have the expertise in, feel comfortable doing, or have the time to organize. This can include:

  • Emergency support
  • Immediate medical care
  • Medication management
  • Providing regular meals
  • Nutritional monitoring
  • Fitness programming
  • Housekeeping
  • Transportation
  • And more!

Importance of Memory Care

As you have read, memory care is a more specialized area in assisted living. Memory care emphasizes a more relaxed space for their residents. Because a lot of individuals have varying forms of dementia, they can become easily stressed out. If they do become stressed, they may wander. To keep them relaxed you will notice in memory care facilities there are hallways painted bright colors, a lot of natural light, and areas to gather for entertainment are offered.

The security of having your loved one in memory care is higher than usual too. To prevent your family member from wondering out the exit, they are monitored closely by a professional. Because they are being watched more, this does not take away from their daily activities. They are still able to have fun with the many programs offered by the facility.

Sensitivity Support

Memory care staff are usually much more attuned to their residents’ needs. They maintain personal and sensitive support for their residents, allowing them to keep a close eye on changes in their health and wellbeing. This is often something that extended families are unable to provide because of their routines, schedules, and needs. Through their respective medical and senior training experiences, memory care providers and specialists can be as attentive as possible without the added stress, pressure, or guilt that families often experience in trying to care for their own. This is not to say that families cannot provide for their own but rather that memory care is uniquely suited toward these individuals’ needs.

Better Living, Better Life

Senior living can be stressful enough to consider. Add memory care considerations on to that and it may seem easier to just keep things the way they are. There is support out there geared to provide the highest levels of care and assistance with memory-related conditions in mind. These support systems with access to state-of-the-art facilities and unmatched service offer you and your family the relief you may be seeking. Senior living has never looked so good!