Participants in the Expressions program create unique hand portraits.
Studies have shown that keeping mentally fit is one of the most effective ways to preserve memory as we age. Activities such as puzzles, board games and reading are helpful in maintaining brain fitness. This is especially relevant to patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The Expressions program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is designed specifically with these patients in mind.
EXPRESSIONS, a program for people in the earliest stages of memory loss, is growing and thriving at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's Older Adult Services! Our group promotes socialization, cognitive stimulation, creative expression, physical fitness and a lot of fun in a supportive yet dynamic group environment. Our aim is to help people stay as independent as possible while finding the support by being connected to a community of individuals and families who understand the experience of memory loss.
The program offers an array of activities to stimulate your brain to help stave off Alzheimer’s progression.
- Cognitive stimulation and memory games strengthen left brain functioning.
- Creative activities and museum outings stimulate the right brain functioning.
- Physical exercise helps maintain flexibility and improves overall health.
- Socialization with other patients helps improve self-esteem and build new relationships.
This extension program allows respite and support for families and caregivers. By splitting into groups, patients can talk with social workers about their day-to-day activities and caregivers receive support by sharing stories and struggles.
Currently, we have Expressions groups that meet Thursdays and Fridays, and will soon add a third day, Tuesday, into the schedule. If you know someone who might benefit from this great program please let us know! Call 847-824-5143 for more information and to refer people to the program.