Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: Symptoms, Treatment and Memory Care Programs
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is in November and it’s important to shed a light on the best practices in memory care. Effective memory care can significantly improve the quality of life for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Because each person with dementia will experience symptoms differently, it’s essential to adjust the level of care appropriately. Here is United Methodist Communities’ guidance, recommendations and options for dealing with dementia.
Early detection of dementia
Early detection is key to slowing the progression of symptoms that come with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Consult your primary care provider if you or a loved one exhibits the following signs on a consistent basis:
- Significant memory loss
- Difficulty performing daily tasks
- Using their native language incorrectly
- Confusion with time and place
- Poor judgement in decision making
- Misplacing objects or placing them in unusual places
- Drastic changes in mood, behavior or overall personality
- Loss of drive, motivation, and ambition
Treatment options for dementia behavioral issues
Potential behavioral issues caused by dementia can take various forms. Some notable examples are wandering off course, aggressive reactions, constant paranoia, or resistance to maintaining good hygiene. Fortunately, there are different options available to treat or minimize these significant behavioral issues.
One interesting study suggests that taking vitamin E twice a day may slow down the progression of dementia in some people. However, the study is ongoing, and the correct dosage of vitamin E should only be taken under a doctor’s supervision.
Talking to a doctor about the option of medication is usually recommended depending on the severity of the behavioral issue. Most likely, your doctor will prescribe anti-agitation drugs. Some examples are antidepressants, neuroleptics, sedatives and sleep medications.
Communication methods and other adjustments
It’s very important for caregivers and other family members to learn about different methods to communicate with someone with dementia. Simple things like safeguarding the home environment and engaging in therapeutic activities can keep negative behaviors at bay. If these approaches prove to be unsuccessful, it may be best to consider a professional memory care program at a reputable assisted living community.
Individualized memory care at United Methodist Communities
Our Tapestries® Memory Care concentrates on the cognitive strengths of each resident. The resident-directed approach adapts to the unique and natural routines of each person. This strategy helps maximize and enrich their quality of life with dementia. Our professional associates also take the time to get to know each resident, as well as their families to ensure Tapestries® is the best viable option for all involved. UMC has been successfully admitting and welcomes new memory care residents during COVID-19. To read more information regarding our industry-leading guidelines in navigating the Coronavirus, click here.
If your loved one suffers from early stages of dementia, please contact UMC at Pitman in Gloucester County to find out how we can meet their needs, as well as yours. To learn more about our Tapestries® programs across New Jersey, please contact United Methodist Communities today.