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by Gina Salazar, AD
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What does Snoezelen mean?

It's a combination of Dutch words that mean "to doze" and "to sniff".

Imagine being in a room where there are colored,dancing
lights,tactile items,soothing music playing in the background,and the
smell of lavander in the air.
This is what a Snoezelen Room consists of,and this type of room
was originally made for people with disabilities to calm and relax in.
In the past decade or so this type of therapy has gained popularity
and recognition within Long Term Care Facilities and Nursing Homes
working with Alzheimers residents.
A Snoezelen Room is a controlled envirionment,a safe-haven if you
will,for Alzheimers residents to relax and get away from the
pressures and noises in the "real world".
In this room you might find soft,comforting blankets spread out,large
bean bag filled chairs,black walls,neon lights,fiber optics,bubble
tubes,lava lamps,aromatherapy fan,glow in the dark stick ons,tactile
boards,stereo with soft soothing sounds,a projector with nature
images,and various other items.
Studies have found that this therapy has had noticeable effects on
Alzheimers residents.

Benefits of Snoezelen:
Improved physical health
Improved mood
Improvement in attention
Improvement in memory
Decreased behaviors
and Better quality of life for the user.

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