Part of my experience in taking care of Grandma Lilly was collaboration with my family. We had four generations living under one roof from Grandma Lilly, all the way down to my children. This first spotlight will feature my daughter, Addie. She tells stories about what it was like to take care of Grandma Lilly.
**NOTE: Addie refers to Grandma Lilly as her Great Grandma Lilly throughout this piece, as that is her relationship to her. When she mentions her grandmother, she is referring to my mother-in-law who also lived with us.
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For the vast majority of us, our fondest memories usually involve being around loved ones, whether that is our family, friends, or significant others. Humans are social creatures and often need social contact to keep sharp and emotionally healthy. This holds true no matter how old you are. For seniors, socializing is especially important and can be easily overlooked. In this blog, let’s take a look at some of the barriers that seniors face in keeping social, the benefits to a healthy social life, and the way Kemper House Central Ohio helps our residents stay social.
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You’ve already gone through the tough time of helping a loved one decide that they are going to be staying in a new place that will be caring for their needs. You’ve helped them move in, and you’ve helped them get settled. As they get more acquainted with their new home, now you get the chance to visit them in their new space. This can be an important part of the process for helping a loved one feel good about their decision to be in a new space that is away from family by being able to see that they can still be a part of the family.
But with this visiting comes some responsibility on your part to help make the process easier. In this blog, we will talk about considerations as you come to visit your loved one in our community.
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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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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
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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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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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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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When caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, one of
the scariest moments can be medical emergencies. This time can be highly
stressful for caregivers and patients alike, and it’s important to have an idea
of what to expect and how to best get through these times.
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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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