Editor’s Note: We spoke with Matthew Call, the owner of Alzheimer’s Home Therapy based in Englewood. Matthew is the author of Aging in Place with Alzheimer’s: A Mind & Body Exercise Program. He developed his program in New Hampshire while working with leading hospitals and healthcare professionals. Please call 941-208-5489. Learn more online at AlzHomeTherapy.com.
Matthew, please introduce your program and the key components.
Alzheimer’s Home Therapy is a therapeutic treatment and prevention program that helps individuals, families and other caregivers respond to the challenges associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our program is noninvasive with no pharmaceuticals. We focus on three areas that have been proven to provide multiple therapeutic benefits. They include Brain Games, Sensory Therapy, and Targeted Exercises. The specific tools we use in these areas to help our clients reflect best practices and the experience of many top professionals.
What are the benefits of your program?
They can be divided into three areas – cognitive, emotional, and physical. The cognitive benefits include decreased confusion and improvements in problem-solving skills, attention span, and memory recall. The emotional benefits include reduced anxiety, decreased agitation, better sleep patterns, and a greater sense of self-worth. The physical benefits include becoming stronger with better balance, enhanced cardiovascular health, improved flexibility, and increased energy. All of these benefits support a person’s quality of life.
What was your inspiration for developing your program?
One inspiration is the basic knowledge that various tools and strategies can help to slow the effects of mental decline. It’s also rewarding to watch a client making progress, and to see their loved ones excited about the improvement. Everyone is different, so it’s important not to presume the results are universal.
How does the program work?
I begin with an assessment of the individual and their specific needs. That results in a treatment plan tailored to their situation. I visit the client’s home on a scheduled basis to provide hands on support and encouragement. It’s not unusual for a spouse or other family member to incorporate some of our training into their own lives as a form of prevention. Afterall, cognitive decline effects almost everyone if you live long enough.
Where did you grow up and what brought you to the Englewood area?
I grew up in New England and moved here to get away from the long winters and to enjoy more outdoor activities year round.
What would you like to share about your family and other interests?
My wife and I have a son named Caden and a family dog named Kaylee. I’m an avid reader and I enjoy playing ice hockey.