In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month, bringing the plight of those facing the diagnosis, and the need for a cure, to the forefront. Today, there are more than 6.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer's Disease, and while research continues, a cure is yet to be identified. Arrow Senior Living is working to heighten awareness of Alzheimer’s disease during the month of November through discussion and education.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain disease that affects the memory, behavior, and language parts of the brain. The disease advances in stages. In the middle to late stages a person will likely need a higher level of care to help them function and complete their activities of daily living.
Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer's Disease; however, there are medications to help slow the progression and treat the symptoms. Also, there are activities that can help slow the progression.
The best practice to engage a person with Alzheimer’s is to venture into their reality. Try to understand what that person is feeling and thinking and you will be better able to relate and interact in a meaningful manner.
A person with a memory care diagnosis benefit from living in a Memory Care Neighborhood because with activities and engagement we are able to challenge their brain. Studies show the more we test the brain the slower the progression of the disease,
At The Westbury Senior Living we continue to increase our knowledge of Alzheimer’s through ongoing education, so we can better empower those living with the disease and help their families to better cope. Our Memory Care Neighborhoods maintain awareness of this disease, while offering engagement, safety, and comfort to our residents.