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Does Your Loved One Need Memory Care?

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Lets say your dad is about 80-years old. He lives on his own and, up until recently, has been an independent, on-the-go senior. A couple of months go by and he forgets to pay his bills. You come to visit for lunch and he can’t remember how to use the kitchen stove. He even forgot his doctor’s appointment and sometimes can’t find the right words or confuses words when speaking with you. These are all signs of memory loss. Your dad may need memory care.

Memory care is care for those who have been diagnosed with memory loss and who need help with areas of daily living (ADL).            

If you suspect your loved one may be showing signs of a memory problem, please contact a medical professional for evaluation. And if you find yourself in need of a memory care facilities in your area, please reach out to us at The Waterford on the Bay.

About Memory Loss

As we age, we lose brain cells. This loss sometimes affects our ability to recall a name or remember where we left our car keys. These are often called “senior moments.” Although it’s a normal process of aging – a noticeable amount of  changes in our memory are signs of something else.

When the term memory loss is used, it’s usually associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) because AD is the most common type of loss, occurring in about 5 million Americans. The more general term for memory loss is dementia (not a specific disease itself), which is the loss of memory from brain trauma, stroke, or a degenerative disease, as well as a loss of at least one other brain function like language.

Dementia affects your mental abilities, which affect your ability to carry out ADL.

People with dementia usually have trouble solving problems, doing daily tasks, and may even have trouble controlling their emotions.

According to familydoctor.org, here are some signs that are not part of normal memory loss.

  • Forgetting things much more often than you used to
  • Forgetting how to do things you’ve done many times before
  • Trouble learning new things
  • Repeating phrases or stories in the same conversation
  • Trouble making choices or handling money
  • Not being able to keep track of what happens each day

Other diseases that fall under dementia include the following:

  • Vascular Dementia
  • Mixed Dementia
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)

Memory Care Facilities

Memory care facilities, like Serenity at The Waterford on the Bay, are designed for those that need help with ADLs but who still want to keep some sort of independence. The goal is to offer a safe and secure place with professional staff that is trained to care for those with memory loss.

These facilities are usually located as a separate wing of an assisted living community called special care units (SCUs). At The Waterford on the Bay, we have the top floor of our facility called Serenity, as a dedicated memory facility. The facilities have 24-hour support, private and semi-private rooms, and locked and alarmed premises to assure no one wonders off. 

There are common areas for meals, activities and socialization. Daily activities are planned that help residents with their memory. Some activities may include:

  • Games and trivia
  • Exercise
  • Baking
  • Music  & Art therapy
  • Pet appreciation
  • Local field trips
  • Reminiscing
  • Nature programs

The facility is usually designed with soothing colors, relaxing sounds, aromatherapy, and chairs and blankets. Studies show that sing this type of decor has a calming effect on Alzheimer’s patients. At The Waterford on the Bay, we commissioned hand painted murals to adorn the floor. First of all they act to create a soothing environment while acting as camouflage to certain areas on the floor. 

For more information about Memory Care Assisted Living at the Waterford on the Bay, please call 718-891-8400 or email us at admissions@thewaterfordonthebay.com

Sources:
http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_related_diseases.asp
http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/adfact.htm
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/seniors/common-older/124.html
http://www.wfaa.com