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MYTH: Dementia is a Death Sentence

Getting diagnosed with a chronic and degenerative disease is a terrifying moment for those diagnosed and those that care for them. It can feel like it is the start of the end for that person and can often be seen as the first nail in the coffin.

We are here to tell you that dementia doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Allow us to explain exactly what we mean when we say that.

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MYTH: Cognitive Decline is Just Aging

You see it everywhere. Movies, TV shows, and probably amongst your own friends and family. As someone ages and they start to develop symptoms of cognitive decline, people will say, “Oh, he’s just getting old.” While there are many changes in the brain as a result of aging, there is a difference between healthy aging and the decline that comes from diseases such as dementia.

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MYTH: Alzheimer’s is Genetic

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and Dementia can bring about more than just a worry about the health of the person who has been diagnosed, but also can bring a fear of what that may mean for their offspring and family members. The fear is simple: if my parent has a form of dementia, then that means I will have the same diagnosis when I get older. 

The truth is, 99% of all dementia cases do not have a hereditary cause. 

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MYTH: Forgetful Means Dementia

With the rising rates of Alzheimer’s and Dementia in our world today, there is obviously much concern when one starts to become forgetful or confused more often. While these are defining characteristics of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, there are other causes for memory impairment and cognitive functioning that are important to take into account, many of which are treatable.

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Leading with Love: Community Outreach

 I’ll admit, this has been one of the most joyful yet challenging times of my life. I left what was comfortable in order to build my own business in Kemper House Central Ohio. I knew I wanted to do something different with my life and it was important to me to challenge myself to be the best that I can be. Kemper House Central Ohio has given me that opportunity and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

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Leading with Love: Why the Tech?

I have been in the industry of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care for much of my adult life. I have seen well over 100 different dementia facilities, all with different levels of care and different capabilities. But, something I have noticed is the lack of new technologies being used in these facilities. In many spaces, these facilities feel far more like end of life care and aren’t much different from hospice. Part of my dream with Kemper House Central Ohio is to change the way we think about what care means and how we can incorporate the latest technology into our community and make a difference.

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Detection Methods for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

One of the most important ways that we can fight the effects of Alzheimer’s and Dementia is early detection. At Kemper House Central Ohio, we are committed to spreading the word that each and ever one of us should be getting tested for Alzheimer’s and Dementia symptoms sooner than we think and prepare you for the various processes to diagnosis.

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The Importance of Sleep

In taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia, one of the most important aspects is sleep. For many with the disease, sleep is a difficult to regulate and can cause various stresses to the brain and on families who are trying to care for them. In this blog, we’d like to talk about circadian rhythm, how dementia can affect it, what difficulties this can present, and talk about one piece of technology that we believe can help.

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