The Alzheimer’s Association reports that nearly 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and that the number will rise to 14 million by the year 2050. It is no wonder we are in the middle of what is known as an Alzheimer’s crisis. If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you’re certainly not alone. However, you might still feel isolated and perhaps undereducated when attempting to make serious decisions that will affect your aging loved one’s care and quality of life.
You’ve heard the saying: “There’s no place like home.” And although Dorothy was talking about Kansas, we can all relate to the comfort we feel when we step through our own front door. For many older adults, staying at home for as long as possible is the ultimate goal. However, when does staying at home shift from comforting to dangerous, and how can family members advocate for their loved one’s wishes while still providing a safe environment?
Caring for a senior loved one can be emotionally taxing and even physically draining. Family Caregiver Alliance reports that family caregivers can suffer from increased risks of depression, anxiety, and stress, as well as an increased risk of heart disease and other serious illnesses. Even family members who live far away but still participate in coordinating care for loved ones who live at home alone report mental and physical symptoms of stress.
Recently, The Arbor Company gathered to recognize and honor the leaders of our communities from the 11 states we serve. Our Arbor Leadership Conference is always the perfect time to connect with other Arbor Company teams, learn best practices within the senior care industry, and leave feeling inspired.
The Arbor Company knows what it takes to give retired seniors the best care and the most memorable experiences: It takes a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about their roles. However, even the most stable community team can face hard seasons and difficult changes.
Traveling can be the perfect way to get out of the house, create memories, and try something new. However, travel can feel exceptionally difficult if your plans include bringing your loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease, or another form of dementia. Whether you’re vacationing together, visiting a special place for the holidays, or just taking a daytrip for no reason at all, you can make traveling with an elderly dementia person easier with a few of our tips.
Virginia memory care supports seniors with dementia and other cognitive issues to live dignified lives filled with meaning and joy. Caring for a person with dementia requires a unique approach tailored to the needs and challenges of each senior who has it. The best Virginia memory care communities offer this personalized approach, helping seniors to achieve greater independence and a better life. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the perfect memory care community for the senior you love.