Managing the care of a senior loved one who lives with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia can be both mentally and physically exhausting. People with Alzheimer’s disease can often go for long periods of time without sleeping. That makes it difficult for family caregivers to keep up with them and to worry when they can’t. Rightfully so. More than 60% of people with Alzheimer’s disease will wander. For those who aren’t found within the first 24 hours, half will be seriously injured or die. Those are very frightening statistics for family members.
An Overview of the Most Common Forms of Dementia
There are a variety of diseases that are considered to be a type of dementia. The most frequently diagnosed include:
1. Alzheimer’s Disease: Alzheimer’s is by far the most widespread form of all dementias comprising between 60 and 80% of all cases. While a cause for the disease remains unknown, researchers believe it is due to a build-up of plaques in the brain.
2. Vascular Dementia: This is the next most common type of dementia. Vascular dementia occurs when the flow of blood to the brain is interrupted. It is most often the result of a stroke, diabetes or advanced heart disease.
3. Lewy-Body Disease (LBD): LBD is estimated to be the third most common dementia. It occurs when protein deposits develop in nerve cells in regions of the brain that are involved in thinking, memory and movement. The deposits cause cognitive impairment, muscle rigidity, behavioral problems and tremors.
4. Parkinson’s Disease Dementia: People in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s often develop dementia. It can impact their abstract thought process, speech, memory and judgment.
Finally, there is what scientists refer to as Mixed Dementia.Some experts believe the majority of people who live with dementia, actually have more than one type. The most common combination is believed to be Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
The Benefits of a Memory Care Program in Assisted Living
Dementia care often requires a combination of support that includes help with the activities of daily living and, in later stages, assistance with medical care. A dedicated memory care program in an assisted living is the often the most favorable solution.
The benefits of a dedicated Memory Care program like the one at The Claiborne in Hattiesburg include:
- A team of caregivers that receive special training to help them meet the unique needs of older adults with dementia. Caregivers learn, for example, the best ways to approach someone living with Alzheimer’s disease so they aren’t startled or how to help calm agitation.
- A personalized plan of care that is reviewed and updated as needs change. The care plan will address the needs of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.
- Life enrichment activities designed to help each resident maintain their current abilities while supporting their limitations.
- Menus that accommodate the physical complications dementia creates. It might be problems swallowing or difficulties managing utensils. Meals are served in a private dining room reserved for residents with dementia.
- A home-like environment that supports success and comfort. It is also secure to prevent wandering.
To learn more about Memory Care and how it can be of benefit to the southern Mississippi senior you love, please call us at 601-909-2385.