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.
The care for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other memory-related deficiencies in senior living communities is on the rise. When looking for a care community for your family member, it's essential to find a community that is passionate about the well-being of its residents, well versed in the different care programs and medications, and the willingness to personalize the care they provide to each individual.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of choices in your area, what’s covered by your family member's insurance, or even where to start when you are touring communities. Here are a few questions you can ask your memory care community when looking for the perfect place for your family member to call home.
There are many trends that can be misleading or seem like fads in our culture. Diets come and go as new discoveries are made and habits tend to fade. One food trend that is surely not a fad is eating foods that improve your mental health.
As family members grow older, it is crucial for them to exercise their minds as much as their bodies. Education is a fundamental process of life that does not stop when we’re at retirement age, and as there are many different learning styles, there are many ways to continue acquiring new knowledge. Lifelong learning is the pursuit of wisdom through continuing education. Older adults may seek education classes online, through local colleges, or other public communal spaces such as the library. On one’s own, they can also practice cognitive care exercises to keep themselves mentally active.
As we get older, it is difficult to remember the little things in life. It’s easy to joke about, ‘Oh, I can’t find my keys again, I must be getting old!’ but when it comes to those in their elder years, it can become a serious concern, because memory loss can be signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. You and your family may wonder what can to do to help prevent these debilitating memory illnesses.
Do you have a friend with memory issues, Alzheimer’s, or dementia? If so, it can be a struggle continuing a friendship and ensuring that your friend stays safe and healthy. Senior housing, such as a memory care community, could be the best place for your friend. If it is, it can be hard to stay strong for your friend with memory impairments. Our memory care communities at HarborChase Senior Living have had so many of our residents experience this transition and have had friends and family who have dealt with it on their terms. One of our primary goals is to enlighten friends and close relatives on how to deal with loved ones in memory care.