The Retreat

A Brain Health Engagement Program

Studies show how critical it is to continuously exercise, nurture and grow the brain over a lifetime, which may be especially challenging for those facing the early stages of Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

At Solera Senior Living, we believe everyone deserves to live as meaningful a life as possible. And we are committed to providing those with declining cognitive abilities opportunities to engage, feel successful, and rejuvenate their spirit. It’s the inspiration behind what we call The Retreat.

The Retreat is a month-long brain health engagement program offering your loved one the ability to participate in half-day or full-day sessions with others facing the same challenges.

Who may participate? Independent living and assisted living residents, as well as those residing outside our senior living community, may take part in The Retreat. Upon conclusion, each participant has the option to become a resident of the community (subject to availability).

The Six Components of Brain Health

Maintaining and improving cognitive skills is our goal. Here are some sample activities.

  • 1

    MENTAL/INTELLECTUAL: planning, problem-solving, learning, exercising the brain

    planning a meal, party, event, computer-based programs, foreign language class, daily board games, choir and art classes

  • 2

    EMOTIONAL: coping skills, handling stress

    personal scrapbook, individual calendar, daily journaling, gratitude work, daily affirmations and laughter yoga

  • 3

    SPIRITUAL: gaining strong sense of purpose and accomplishment

    volunteering/civic projects, personal scrapbook, career-based activities, individual calendar, daily journaling and daily affirmations

  • 4

    PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: improving heart and brain health

    daily walks, weekly dancing classes, stretching & strength training, yoga & Tai chi

  • 5

    SOCIALIZATION: avoiding harmful effects of isolation

    support groups, classes, dining together, group activities, family education and games

  • 6

    NUTRITION /DINING: group dining and brain-healthy diets

    personalized experience, residents help with preparing snacks, morning and afternoon snacks, foods selected for brain health and family-style dining

Benefits of The Retreat Include:

The ability to bond and create relationships. Scientific research shows that people with strong social connections and relationships have less mental decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Stimulating activities that promote continued growth and achievement in the six components of brain health. Residents feel supported and successful, even in times of frustration and grief.

Group dining in main dining room for socialization and connection.

Constantly evolving activity plans and calendars ensure there is something new each week.

Days of the week:

Desired Timing:
Half-day morning (9 a.m. -1 p.m.)
Half-day afternoon (1 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
Full-day (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)