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.
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.
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.
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.Continue reading “MYTH: Cognitive Decline is Just Aging”
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.Continue reading “MYTH: Alzheimer’s is Genetic”
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.Continue reading “MYTH: Forgetful Means Dementia”
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.Continue reading “Telehealth: Keeping Your Loved One Healthy”
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.Continue reading “Detection Methods for Alzheimer’s and Dementia”
As we talk about memory loss in general terms, you will often hear the pairing Alzheimer’s and Dementia. But what is the difference between these two terms and how do they affect people?Continue reading “Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia?”
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.Continue reading “The Importance of Sleep”