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Tuesday, May. 22nd 2018

Senior Memory Care – What It Is – What You Can Do

Senior memory care is a special kind of care provided to those with varying degrees of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Cognitive decline in older adults has reached almost epidemic proportions. Loneliness, depression, anxiety, sadness and social isolation from the effects of memory loss make it imperative among caregivers to provide effective senior memory care. Fortunately, many facilities today have found ways to do that, making it possible for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s to live more meaningful, healthy lives.

Adults who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia often require attentive and expert care in a safe, secure environment. Home caregivers are often unable to provide senior memory care that is often needed at all hours of the day and night, and as most homes are not built to accommodate the special needs of someone with memory loss, families are compelled to turn to a dementia-friendly community.

Seniors who become a part of an active senior memory care community benefit from programs designed to cultivate cognitive skills. A structured environment with set schedules and routines in place can contribute to a stress-free lifestyle for adults suffering from memory loss and all that it entails. Keeping older adults engaged socially and in a healthy state of mind requires dedication and commitment but it goes a long way in preventing mental health issues.

Seniors who stay physically active – from taking regular walks to yoga classes or dancing – are going to be healthier. Exercise and physical activity are good for the mind and the body. Senior memory care providers and caregivers have learned that providing a variety of physical activities has significantly benefited senior adults with memory loss.

The brain needs stimulation in order to stay sharp and avoid cognitive decline and is just as important to the overall health of a person as physical activity. Anything that can keep a senior’s mind engaged and functioning benefits their brain health. By encouraging reading, writing, music, puzzles and games, seniors can stay alert and cognizant.

The future of senior memory care is opening up for professional caregivers to obtain specific dementia education. It is quite possible that in the coming years we may see certified dementia care nursing assistants (CDNAs). As more healthcare professionals are voluntarily choosing to focus on senior memory care than in the past credentialing could become the norm.

Technology can also make a huge positive difference in the lives of those with dementia. The use of technological developments could revolutionize senior memory care, not only enabling people to remain at home longer, but also making it possible for dementia care providers to further their education and refine their abilities. This is a topic on which much discussion can be had. Researchers are currently investigating ways that sensors in common objects useful to daily living activities could collect information about changes in a senior’s cognitive condition. Other projects include a study on website interfaces that are easier for people with cognitive impairments to use, and an investigation into how video, audio and sensor technologies can help detect depression in people with dementia. As technology enables more people with dementia to live in their own homes for longer periods of time, senior memory care might also become increasingly a communal endeavor. [From article by Tim Mullaney]

Our overall goal at Clover Care Home is to provide the very best senior memory care that will impede the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia. We want our residents to be well taken care of, to be as healthy and active as possible. We want to enable senior adults to feel a sense of satisfaction and purpose so that they can enjoy life.

Clover Care Home senior memory care community is staffed with trained caregivers, has access to the best resources, and has implemented creative ideas to help attain this goal. If you find yourself or a family member in need of senior memory care services, contact us today to schedule an appointment with an administrator who can answer your questions and provide you with a broad understanding of what we can provide. https://www.clovercarehomes.com/


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