“Go Purple With a Purpose.” That’s the message being broadcast all across the United States and throughout Capital Senior Living communities with the start of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and National Caregivers Month.
“I call upon the people of the United States to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and to offer their support to the individuals living with this disease and to their caregivers,” President Barack Obama stated in a proclamation issued last year that amplifies an original designation from former President Ronald Regan in 1983. Regan was diagnosed with the disease in 1994 and informed the nation through a handwritten letter that sent shockwaves throughout the world.
More than 5 million people in America have now been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Nearly 15 million people serve as caregivers who love and support the victims of this disease – and that includes staff members at the many Capital Senior Living communities that offer Memory Care services. Every 70 seconds, another American family is affected by this neurological disease, according to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s. No medications are currently available to cure the disease, but the national Alzheimer’s Association notes that treatments are available that may help with cognitive and behavior symptoms.
Our communities aim to enrich the lives of residents with Alzheimer’s while providing an environment that is physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally stimulating. The compassionate staff members within our communities create structured routines for residents with activities that generate feelings of satisfaction and productivity. Whether it’s making the bed, playing a card or board game or even conversing with fellow neighbors during meals in tastefully decorated dining rooms, our residents are encouraged to partake in tasks that are familiar and comfortably enjoyable. That also includes outdoor activities. Some of our communities boast well-secured courtyards with expertly maintained landscaping where Memory Care residents can get out and enjoy nice weather while getting some exercise in beautiful, natural surroundings.
Capital Senior Living staff members are specially trained to work with Alzheimer’s residents, providing an exceptional level of care that includes services such as medication reminders and administration, nutritional counseling and additional housekeeping and laundry help. Services vary by community and are tailored to individual needs depending on the level of care required.
Caregivers and family members who provide guardianship to those with Alzheimer’s considering whether or not a Memory Care community can better serve their loved one’s needs have an important decision to make. For those researching the option, we suggest you ask these questions from the Fisher Center to ensure that you are well-informed regarding what resources would be available to you and your loved one at a Capital Senior Memory Care community:
This month is an opportune time to learn more about the symptoms, risk factors, myths, stages and signs of Alzheimer’s. The national Alzheimer’s Association offers a 24-hour helpline at 1-800-272-3900 as well as an eNewsletter that will keep you connected.
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