According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors dies with some type of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Both Alzheimer's and dementia remain somewhat mysterious. Doctors don’t fully understand what causes dementia, and people who don’t know someone with dementia may have little understanding of how dementia progresses. Some people mistakenly believe Alzheimer’s is the only type of dementia.
For 30 years, The Arbor Company has served seniors and the people who love them. Our communities across the nation offer expert care, compassionate support, and a commitment to constant improvement. We’ve formed a lifetime’s worth of special memories over the past three decades. Our experience has taught us that the expertise that comes with this experience matters. No matter where your search for a senior community ends, it’s critical to ensure that you choose a community that boasts plenty of experience. Here’s why.
The aging process can make it difficult to continue pursuing activities a person once loved. It’s normal to slow down a bit with age, but many caregivers mistakenly assume that apathy and disconnection are normal parts of aging. According to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, apathy is actually a significant health risk factor that doubles the risk of developing dementia.
Love is a powerful force, especially when it motivates you to provide loving care for a senior loved one. Love can motivate you to keep going when you’re exhausted, be patient when you’re overwhelmed, and give up once-beloved hobbies to care for a loved one. More than 30 million Americans are driven by love and concern to provide unpaid care to an ailing loved one. And while their sacrifice is laudable, love isn’t always enough. Love can’t build more hours into the day, or eliminate the need to sleep. It can’t free you of your own need for downtime and loving human connection. Assisted living and memory care, however, can help bridge the gap between what you want to do for your loved one and what you’re able to offer.
Today’s seniors are fiercely independent, passionately committed to their hobbies and families, and eager to find new meaning in retirement. Many seniors believe that the best way to preserve their independence is by remaining in their homes. But senior living communities offer a viable alternative.
The transition to senior living can feel overwhelming. You’ll have to deal with issues such as financing care, finding the right community, planning the move, getting loved ones on board for the move, and ensuring you’ve made the right choice after you or your loved one moves in. Arbor’s Senior Care Counselors offer help navigating the ins and outs of senior living. They can answer your questions, point you toward valuable resources, and offer a sympathetic ear. Here are some of the ways they can help you:
Nearly half of all seniors have at least one gun in their house. A gun offers some seniors a sense of safety, and can be an important tool for hobbies like hunting and recreational shooting. But among seniors who have dementia, a gun transitions from a useful tool into a potentially lethal weapon. Monitoring a senior gun owner for dementia symptoms may save their life.
Here are the warning signs to look for, and how to ensure your family’s safety.
A simple conversation can be life-changing for a person with dementia. Dementia can feel isolating and frightening, but warm conversations remind people with dementia that they matter and they’re not alone. Supporting a person with dementia to overcome communication barriers can improve their quality of life. One study even found that just an hour of social interaction a week improves quality of life in seniors with dementia. Conversation can also ease the stress that caregivers and loved ones feel by reminding them that their loved one may be struggling, but they’re still in there. So get talking. Here’s how: