Memory loss can be a sensitive issue for seniors. Even if no apparent signs show that any loss of memory is occurring, it is so commonly associated with old age that fear of it can manifest early. Many families with aging parents treat this as a bridge to cross when the time comes.
However, as reluctant as we may be on facing the possibility of Alzheimer’s, dementia or other conditions associated with memory, it is well worth it to look into what kind of long-term care would be beneficial even if no memory issues have been identified.
What is Memory Care?
Memory care is a distinct form of long-term care that requires specific training for the care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other types of memory problems. Dedicated memory care facilities are often designed with those specific illnesses in mind. They are outfitted with enhanced monitoring and provide very intuitive layouts for easier navigation. This type of care is typically chosen for those with a confirmed diagnosis from a doctor.
Memory Care with Assisted Living
Although memory care and assisted living are not synonymous, there are many assisted living facilities with staff members that are trained in memory care. This can be perceived as a matter of quality-of-service when looking for long-term care for loved ones who aren’t suffering from memory loss at the time when it is certain that those individuals can no longer live independently.
Some facilities even go as far as offering programs that include memory focused activities and have taken steps to prepare for residents who may one-day begin showing signs of memory loss or dementia.
How Will This Benefit My Parent in Assisted Living?
Whether you suspect your loved one of being on the cusp of experiencing memory loss or not, think of it as a matter of being prepared. Even residents with full command of their memories both long and short-term participate in memory focused programs and activities. This not only is social and fun but is also a form of preventative maintenance. Not all forms of memory loss are as specific as Alzheimer’s. Many experiences some degree of memory loss as our physiology slows down. In this case, memory focused activities is a form of exercise for the brain and can prolong the onset of memory loss and even reverse it in some instances.
The best early approach to memory loss is a holistic one that includes diet and exercise for both the body and the mind. If you are investigating assisted living facilities for a family member, ask about the training of the staff and if memory care is integrated as part of the programs offered at the facility.
Learn more about assisted living and its benefits for adults with memory issues by contacting Peter at Colten Adult Care today.