Caring for a family member with dementia can be an overwhelming and challenging experience. In addition to requiring daily care and engagement, you may have noticed that your family member becomes more irritable and confused during the late afternoon. This isn’t just a coincidence; sundowning is a phenomenon that affects many individuals with dementia and memory conditions when the day becomes evening.
Everyone has had a lapse in memory at some point. We’ve all forgotten the name of that great movie we watched last weekend, blanked on someone’s name, or couldn’t think of the word that’s right on the tip of our tongue. When we are younger, we tend not to think anything of these “brain fogs,” brushing them off as mere absentmindedness. As we get older, though, these momentary lapses of memory become more concerning.
It can feel daunting to take on the role of dementia caregiver, especially if you are new to caregiving in general. However, with the right research, knowledge, and mindset, you can ensure that you create a positive and engaging environment for your family member and can provide the best dementia care possible.
Technology has enhanced our lives in countless ways; we can order groceries from the comfort of our homes, watch movies anywhere, anytime, and stay connected with friends and family during a time of unprecedented distancing. Technology makes our lives more convenient, but it also has the ability to enrich our lives and, in some cases, improve our health.
In the United States alone, more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. As the aging population grows, this number is expected to nearly triple by 2060. Because of this, the need for high-quality, effective memory care programs is crucial now more than ever.
Memory care communities specialize in the care and well-being of those dealing with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. One tool that is commonly used in memory care communities is music. Music can help those with dementia access memories, enhance emotions, and create positive experiences.
As of 2019, it’s estimated that 5.8 million people in the United States alone live with Alzheimer’s disease with the overwhelming majority of those being adults over the age of 65. It’s an intimidating number; one that has endured and has touched most of our lives in one way or another. However, hope is never far away.
While you may have heard of Alzheimer’s disease, you may not know the exact history or the different facts behind it. Even though the disease is publicly recognized by most people, many still do not fully understand its causes, symptoms, or statistics. You’ve likely clicked this blog seeking information, and HarborChase Senior Living wants to provide those answers.
Promising research regarding Alzheimer’s disease is underway, and while no cure has been discovered, the evidence is strong that people can reduce their risk of developing the disease by making fundamental lifestyle changes.
When a friend or family member is experiencing mild memory loss or mild dementia, providing the level of care they may require can be challenging. Older adults with memory impairments such as dementia can have trouble maintaining their routines, accomplishing everyday tasks, and socializing with others. Managing all of the aspects of a family member's life is very overwhelming. HarborChase Senior Living has created The Sound to help those needing assistance with loved ones facing mild memory care loss.