At Memory-Lane, we believe that people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias can continue to engage in meaningful activities and communications, especially when receiving support that is carefully tailored to their cognitive issues. Backed by current research, we have found that multisensory-stimulation environments (those designed to appeal in an appropriate way to all the five senses) produce immediate positive effects on the behavior and mood of those with dementia. Through innovative use of digital media and this multisensory approach, the Memory-Lane program enables dynamic, non-directive, communication between the participant and the caregiver. Such communication raises the quality of life and creates a sense of wellbeing, allowing positive reminiscence and a satisfying expression of a sense of self.
Regular television is not designed for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and it can in fact be confusing and alienating to them. Typically, commercial television's style is fragmented, fast-paced, and youth-oriented, with multiple interwoven narratives and recurring characters engaged in complex exchanges. To follow most regular television shows requires a well-functioning short-term memory and a knowledge of current popular culture. In these ways, they are neither appropriate nor pleasurable for dementia patients.
In contrast, the films for the Memory-Lane program are created to work well with dementia patients' distinctive cognitive styles and needs. Our films use a cinematic high-definition technique, temporal references, and guided imagery (see the following section for more on guided imagery) to help ground viewers in the present moment-to particular times of the day and evening. This process is comforting and reassuring to patients, many of whom have become adrift in time, due to debilitating circadian disorders.
The goals of Memory-Lane are to provide a useful, non-pharmacologic intervention to lessen the neuropsychological symptoms of dementia, such as wandering, calling out, decreased alertness, anxiety, and agitation. Memory-Lane has been shown to relieve stress levels and in so doing, help to create positive, cooperative interactions. Memory-Lane addresses all the senses in its program, including a sense of time, giving our methodology its true impact and effectiveness.
We designed the product to be supportive, positive, easy to implement, and convenient to integrate into daily routines. Additionally, it was developed as a palliative-care method to accompany or supplement traditional care, and it can be used as one reduces anti-psychotic medication usage. Our collection of films delivers a unique multisensory approach that can be used successfully in a wide variety of settings such as nursing care facilities, adult day programs, and homes.
Our product focuses on a humanistic, person-centered approach to care, and it can be highly customized, thus captivating viewers and providing the necessary respite for all involved. A gentle yet powerful tool, the Memory-Lane program provides many benefits to individuals with Alzheimer's and other related dementias.