What is Memory Care?
Memory care is a distinct form of long-term care that caters to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, brain injury, and other ailments that lead to memory impairment or dysfunction. Staff is trained to work with specifically with those suffering with these problems.
Is memory loss a natural part of aging?
It is common for people’s memory to decline with age, but not all elderly have severe memory problems. Conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, causes brain cells to malfunction and on occasion, die. When this happens, individuals suffering may have significant memory loss and/or behaviors that are out of the norm for them. There are many types of memory diseases and impairments and it’s important to work with the person’s medical care team to determine the best course of treatment and therapies for the individual.
Do only older people have memory issues?
Brain issues can affect people from birth to death. While Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are most prevalent in people 65 years and older, early on-set Alzheimer’s and dementia can begin in people as young as 30.
How is memory care different from traditional living?
From the care to the services offered, memory care is specific in ensuring all aspects of the resident’s care reflects their unique needs. Dining, daily tasks, and activities are all modified as needed to meet specific goals for the resident. Staff ensures that residents engage in tasks and activities that maximize their self-esteem for an improved quality of life.
What signs can I look for to help determine if my loved one has memory impairment?
Signs and symptoms of dementia or related memory issues can vary but here are some of the most prevalent:
- Inability to focus or pay attention
- Visual perception
- Communication issues. Example: Saying things that don’t make sense. Getting frustrated trying to make a point.
- Lack of reasoning and judgment. Example: Wearing two sweaters at the same time
- Strange or unusual behaviors including hiding items or finding items in areas that don’t make sense. Example: Finding bananas in the closet or in bathroom cabinet