Liberty Village offers ‘Memory Lane – Fitness for the Mind’

Liberty Village of Maryville has introduced a newly enhanced memory care program for its residents.

“Memory Lane – Fitness for the Mind” made its debut on July 28 at Liberty Village, located at 6955 State Route 162 in Maryville. The program is designed to exercise the brain, improve memory and maintain independence.

“Through years of research by the Alzheimer’s Association, they have been able to create a specialized framework for individualized patient programming to help maximize function and physical ability,” said Dena Boss, director of marketing for Liberty. Village of Maryville. . “They are using the Allen Cognitive Scale, which is performed by a licensed professional, and is designed to determine the exact level of memory impairment in the patient.

“The investigation has proven that the program we are doing here is helping the residents. It will not stop or prevent the disease, but it may delay any new or worsening symptoms. We are keeping residents engaged and keeping their minds active. It also gives them a sense of self-esteem and accomplishment, which minimizes frustrations and behaviors.

“Everything is color coded so we know what each individual patient is capable of. That helps our memory care specialists know immediately what activities or enrichment programs the patient needs.”

The Fitness for the Mind program has been developed to focus solely on residents’ strengths. Using those strengths, Liberty staff implements personalized therapeutic programs that have been specially designed to target existing memory function, allowing staff to exercise the resident’s brain.

Therapy teams will complete an in-depth assessment of each individual to focus on their remaining abilities. Enrichment programs will be offered throughout the day that are tailored to that individual’s specific cognitive abilities. These programs are designed to enhance those skills and provide opportunities for social interactions, intellectual stimulation, and recreation.

“We started this program two years before the pandemic, but COVID stopped the launch until now,” said Memory Lane director Chaela Pollard. “Memory Lane – Fitness for the Mind is an individualized program for residents, and it’s color-coded and individualized to keep their minds engaged. The program is much easier for my staff to work with each resident.”

Each resident of Memory is designated by functional level through a color code that includes red, yellow, and green.

The activities and games on Memory Lane are also colour-coded, with a label on each activity indicating which levels it is suitable for.

“The staff knows what color a resident is and lets them know what activities to do with each person and how to teach them how to play,” Pollard said.

Memory Lane residents eat and drink using red plates and cups, which have been shown to increase appetite by 25% and fluid intake by 84%.

Also, the toilet seats in the Memory Lane patient bathrooms are black instead of the standard white.

“All of our toilet seats have been changed to black with a contrasting wall, and with most Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, if everything is white or a light color, it all works together and that’s why they can never identify the object (like a toilet),” Pollard said.

“With a black toilet seat and contrasting wall, it’s easy for them to identify that it’s a toilet. That will help them reduce falls and help them maintain their toileting skills.”

Memory Care Specialists at Liberty Village have undergone rigorous training related to caring for people with memory problems. They are available 24 hours a day to ensure all interactions are guided by evidence-based interventions that will stimulate each resident’s cognitive abilities.

Specialized programs are provided daily to enhance brain power and exercise the mind. Programs are guided by recommendations from highly trained professionals and are based on individualized assessment of each resident’s unique level of functioning.

Allowing each resident to maintain as much independence as possible is of the utmost importance to the Liberty Village staff. Focusing on that independence, Memory in Motion programming allows each individual to do as much as possible on their own, with guided support and assistance when needed from memory care specialists.

Memory in Motion programs offer independence with everyday tasks, such as dressing, bathing, and maintaining personal hygiene. Fitness for the Mind programming also focuses on programs to keep residents walking, eating independently, and maintaining continence for as long as possible.

Memory Lane’s facilities include a Memory Box, which is designed to stimulate residents’ memories through familiar sights and sounds.

“Something that is greatly affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia is sensory perceptions,” Boss said. “Our keepsake box has cattails in it, which is something you can remember seeing and touching. We have a soundboard that sounds like rushing water and there are flowers that are supposed to simulate floating on water. There are also dragonflies on the cattails, which is another thing you might remember.”

In addition, Liberty Village offers monthly support group meetings, with the next meeting scheduled for Friday, August 19, at 1 pm in the Memory Lane Activity Room. Pollard will lead the pack.

Boss emphasized that the event is for the entire community and not just people who have parents or spouses at Memory Lane.

“A lot of other people need that support, and we want to make sure we provide it to them, too,” Boss said. “In turn, we are building a relationship with them.”

For more information or to tour Liberty Village of Maryville-Memory Lane-Fitness for the Mind, call 618-288-3800 or visit

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