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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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The Link Between Alzheimer’s and Diabetes

With as much as we know about Alzheimer’s, there is still so much that is a mystery to us. For one, the causes of Alzheimer’s are still undefined. While we know how Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s attack the brain, we don’t completely understand how or why it starts. New research has revealed what may be one of the causes of Alzheimer’s and gives us some hope in helping prevent the disease.

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Leading with Love: A Positive Look

For all of the hardships that come with taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s, I wouldn’t change the experience for me and my family. I’ve talked about some of the difficulties we faced from keeping Grandma’s schedule to the feelings of inadequacy that can squeeze their way into how we feel about ourselves on our worst days. For this, I’d like to spend some time talking about the benefits I experienced in caring for Grandma Lilly.  

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Knowledge is Power: The Parts of the Brain

At Kemper House Central Ohio, we endeavor to learn more about Alzheimer’s and Dementia in order to increase the quality of our care. When we understand what is going on in the brain, we are better able to understand the stages of Alzheimer’s and Dementia and how we can help. We aren’t the only ones who should understand, we want you to understand as well. In sharing information, we can help so many more seniors who suffer from these terrible diseases whether they are under Kemper care or living in their own home.

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Leading with Love: Don’t Forget, It is a Struggle

 The stressors and pain involved in a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are far reaching. For those who suffer from the effects, the world slowly peels away from them in small pieces until it all becomes unfamiliar and difficult to manage in a variety of ways. But one thing that cannot be overstated is the stress and toll that dementia can have on the family members and loved ones of the person who is suffering from cognitive impairment and memory loss.

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Kemper Kitchen: Here for the MIND

 It is impossible to overstate the importance of the effect of what we put in our bodies. Eating healthy meals is an easy way to care for our bodies, especially our heart and cognitive health. Sometimes it’s as simple as replacing starches like pasta for wheat alternatives. Other times it’s a matter of specifically avoiding foods. At Kemper House, we provide a variety of meals that are geared specifically to taking care of our brains with numerous recipes that are sure to delight the taste buds.

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Blue Willow: Alleviating Our Biggest Fears

There are many challenges that come with taking care of someone suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. One of the biggest fears families face is a loved one wandering and getting lost. The term used most often for this is elopement and it refers to someone in a clinical setting leaving, whether on purpose or by accident, when they are not supposed to. While this happens for a variety of people, those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia are particularly at risk from this behavior. At Kemper House Central Ohio, we aim to curb elopement and limit the possible consequences in a variety of ways including using the latest technology in our facility.

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