Living with memory loss can be devastating for seniors and their families. As the condition or disease worsens the burden to both help and protect a loved one can challenge even the most determined family caregivers. That’s where memory care becomes the perfect solution for everyone.
No longer the clinical and lonely facilities of the past, modern memory care communities offer everything from security to excellent nutrition to care that is designed to help each resident retain their independence and enjoy life to the fullest.
One of the most common reasons families cite for a senior with memory loss to remain at home is that home is comfortable and familiar. Conversely, one of the most difficult challenges for families with a senior at home is ensuring they are safe and secure.
Memory loss is also often accompanied by problems thinking and reasoning, which according to the aarp.org article, “10 Early Warning Signs of Dementia You Shouldn’t Ignore,” can lead to a variety of related issues including wandering and getting lost, personality changes, communication problems, confusion, lack of interest in the things they love, and inability to care for themselves. In short, memory loss often means around-the-clock care is needed.
In memory care residents can choose from different housing options all of which are designed to enhance safety and security while providing a comfortable home that will quickly become familiar too.
When considering a memory care community, one of the most important aspects should be the qualifications of the memory care team members. At Thrive Senior Living we ensure our team members are not only caring and compassionate, but that each member (yes every one of them!) is certified by NIDE, aka the National Institute for Dementia Education. What this means is that our team members have completed rigorous training in core competencies concerning dementia care and is updated with ongoing research findings which translates to exceptional support in every aspect of daily life for our residents.
A diagnosis of memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease does not preclude living a fun and fulfilling life. In fact, research has found many therapies including music therapy and occupational therapy can actually help seniors stave off progression of some conditions. At Thrive Senior Living we work closely with each resident and their physicians to provide therapeutic activities, but we also know life needs to be fun as well. Our residents are encouraged to join in such activities as sing-alongs, guest entertainers, exercise classes, arts and crafts, and much more. The goal is to keep each resident engaged and happy so they can feel purposeful and maintain their independence as long as possible. Learn more in our blog, “What Does “Memory Care” Really Mean?
One of the greatest threats to seniors with memory loss is isolation and the lack of stimulation it imposes. As memory declines many seniors no longer feel comfortable in groups they used to enjoy and may also have physical limitations that keep them isolated. In fact, according to the neurosciencenews.com article, “Social Isolation Is Directly Associated With Later Dementia,” isolation may even be complicit in dementia later in life.
Memory care communities like Thrive Senior Living make socialization a priority through a variety of group activities and events as well as by helping residents form new friendships and relationships. Another aspect is the forging of relationships between team members and residents which provides a sense of safety and security through familiarity. At Thrive we take great care to help each resident retain their own sense of self and treat them as if they’re not just friends, but family. Find out more about the dangers of senior isolation in our blog, “Isolation in Seniors and Why Socialization Is So Important for Their Overall Well-Being.”
Seniors with cognitive decline, especially those who become isolated, may also suffer from poor nutrition. Not only does poor nutrition negatively impact the body in many ways, but it can also affect the brain. In our blog, “Boosting the Brain: Nutrition for Older Adults in Memory Care,” we explain how nutrition can help the brain function better, what foods may even help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and how we take nutrition to heart (and mind!) at Thrive.
What is memory care? At Thrive we know it’s a wonderful option for seniors with memory loss where friendly caring team members are always on hand to help, support and share a few laughs! Contact us today to learn more and schedule your tour. For more information on memory care and other senior living care options, download our free guide: Senior Living Options: A Step by Step Guide for Making an Informed Decision.