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Innovations in Memory Care Dining and Service

Location : Sierra Vista

A diet consisting of foods that are beneficial to the brain and heart is imperative to ensuring the wellbeing of those living with Alzheimer's. However, as with any major transition, incorporating a new diet should be done gradually. Our very own Vice President of Culinary Services, Nick Giampietro, discusses ways Silverado implements a healthier diet for residents, such as changing all pasta and breads to be whole grain and adding quinoa. With these implementations, however, he points out that they always have to keep in mind that "for our population and their families, these may not be foods they grew up with so you need to educate and communicate with them. Have them try it and then adjust where needed."

In addition to the very food they eat, the experience of dining as a whole can yield positive results if done right. For example, mealtimes can serve as fantastic opportunities to get in some social interaction with fellow residents or caretakers. Helping residents maintain their independence when dining is also a great way for them to keep their dignity during meal times.

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