November 18, 2022
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, bringing the plight of those facing the diagnosis, and the need for a cure, to the forefront. Today, there are more than 6.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease, and while research continues, a cure is yet to be identified. Arrow Senior Living is working to heighten awareness of Alzheimer’s disease during the month of November through discussion and education.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that affects the cell connections in the brain. Over time it grows to impact not only significant memory loss and decline in mental cognition, but it also attacks the physical body, such as a change in how someone walks or talks.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Pharmaceutical medication management has been studied and provided for those living with the disease, temporarily slowing down and improving symptoms.
The best practice while engaging persons with Alzheimer’s is to have a positive approach. Make sure to keep eye contact and to speak with a clear and slow tone. Wait for eye contact before entering their personal space. Persons living with Alzheimer’s need more time to process information and may not respond right away. It’s important to know the person you are caring for with Alzheimer’s to best set you and the individual up for success. Know the care plan of the individual, so you can meet their needs. Get involved with their history such as careers, education, hobbies, and their likes and dislikes. Knowing all of this will help you both get through your day-to-day with your loved one as far as events and activities.
Persons with Alzheimer’s can benefit in a Memory Care Neighborhood by being introduced to a daily routine. This will instill trust between the individual residing in the Neighborhood and the staff. Person-centered care is offered for everyone to ensure all care needs are met and continued daily. Engaging events and activities are provided daily and weekly to meet social, cognitive, physical, and spiritual needs of persons with Alzheimer’s. Having a secured Neighborhood ensures the safety of individuals who reside in the Neighborhood for those who may often get lost or can’t find their way.
At Carriage Court Senior Living we continue to increase our knowledge of Alzheimer’s through ongoing education, so we can better empower those living with the disease and help their families to better cope. Our Memory Care Neighborhoods maintain awareness of this disease, while offering engagement, safety, and comfort to our residents.
Carriage Court Senior Living in Hilliard, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Dublin Methodist Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Heritage Golf Club, The Market at Hilliard, Ten Pin Bowling, Crooked Can Brewery & Center Street Market , and the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center.
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