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 Disease is a type of dementia that affects the memory, behavior, and language areas of the brain. This is a progressive disease that moves in stages. Beginning stages of Alzheimer’s may include trouble with short-term memory, names, and basic tasks. Unfortunately, it will then progress to the middle stage then late stage, which may include a lost ability to ambulate, speak and or swallow, or complete any daily tasks.
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are interventions to assist in slowing the process. This may include medication and therapies. The earlier the diagnosis the better chance these techniques have in working.
The best way to engage is to know that there is no “one size fits all” solution. It’s important to learn a person’s likes, dislikes, triggers, and comforts. These things can be added to your bag of tricks to help assist when they may be unaware of what the issue is. Alzheimer’s residents may not be able to tell you what they want or what they need, so as a caregiver it’s our responsibility to get creative and work together to figure out what is needed. It’s important to greet everyone with a smile, on their level and to gain trust. Residents may not remember your name, but I guarantee they will remember how you make them feel and that you’re a safe person to be with.
A person with Alzheimer’s or other memory issues can benefit greatly from being in a Vitalia Memory Care Neighborhood. We take pride in customizing care plans and activities to benefit residents at all different ability levels. We ensure residents know they are at home and not in a facility, they live in an apartment not just a room, and are residents not patients. This is their home first and the place we work second. We focus on safety and engagement to ensure all needs are met.
At Vitalia Senior Residences at Westlake, 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.
VITALIA® Westlake in Westlake, OH offers lindependent living +, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include Dover Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located right of Hwy 20, just moments from a wide range of shopping, dining, attractions, and health services.
September 30, 2022
September is “National Good Neighbor Month,” and in the spirit of this special time, we would like to take the opportunity to share about a unique part of our senior living community – our Memory Care Neighborhood. Here at VITALIA Senior Residences® at Westlake we strive to make our Neighborhood a special place, not just […]
June 21, 2022
As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way. Mary Anne Radmacher June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, when those whose lives have been touched by memory-impairing diseases come together and raise awareness through education and support. This month includes June 21st, the summer solstice and the longest day […]