What makes us different

Alumia Institute’s campus provides daily classes, socialization and nutrition for people with cognitive decline. We specialize in helping those with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

The Kynemics program addresses four domains—Physical, Cognitive, Nutrition, and Social—stimulating cognitive function through a personalized program with our specialty-trained attendants and therapists.

Members participate in group physical activities every day. Movement activities focus on cardiovascular, strength training, and relaxation exercises such as Tai Chi, resistance training, and yoga. They are aimed at building or maintaining muscle strength and balance, increasing circulation, encouraging a good night’s sleep, and improving confidence and mood. Members are also given movement activities that can be done at home.
Members participate in group cognitive activities and individual BrainHQ therapies every day. Cognitive activities focus on stimulating cognitive function. They include geo puzzles, serious games, trivia, and computer-based activities from BrainHQ, a brain-training system based on 30 years of research in neurological science and related medicine and designed by an international team of neuroscientists.
Members enjoy prepared foods that follow the MIND diet and are made from scratch by our in-house chef. The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet (MIND diet) was developed by a team at Rush University Medical Center. It emphasizes fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes, and includes recommendations for specific foods, like leafy greens and berries, that have been scientifically shown to slow cognitive decline. Additional testing has shown that the level of adherence to the MIND diet also impacts the diet’s neuro-protective effects.
Members benefit from daily interaction with other Members. Social interaction can reduce feelings of isolation and improve overall well-being. Members are a part of a cohort—engaging with other Members while participating in activities and reading and relaxing in the Living Room.

Enrollment

We begin with an in-person meeting and initial screening to ensure that each person is an appropriate candidate. Enrollment application includes a series of cognitive assessments. These first steps are vital to helping us understand the individual needs of each Member.

Reports & Insights

Each month, Members and their families receive reports that include cognitive insights and staff recommendations for activities that can be applied on our campus and at home.

Curriculum

The curriculum is based on scientific research and is informed by ongoing assessments. Daily classes focus on movement, cognition, music, and art.

FAQs

How long does enrollment take?

We will move at the pace of the individual; so the enrollment process will vary from a couple of days to two weeks.

How do you know all of your Member’s preferences, dietary requirements, allergies, and medicines?

During the enrollment process, we talk to Members and their family extensively about their needs and preferences. The entire team is educated on each member to ensure that we understand their preferences dietary requirements, allergies and medication regimen.

Who is eligible to pick-up and drop-off Members?

The Member or the legal representative may designate whomever they choose to drop them off and pick them up.

Can Members bring books and magazines with them to read at the campus?

YES! We encourage Members to bring their own books and other materials. However, you can also check with the concierge and find out if the newspapers or magazines are available on campus already.

How do we get access to the campus calendar of events and outings?

The campus calendar will be available through the member concierge.

Careers at Alumia

At Alumia Institute, our employees make a difference in the lives of our Members and their families. We offer many career opportunities for candidates who would love to help people on a journey of brain health and healthy aging.

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