It's November, which is Alzheimer's Awareness month. That makes this month an ideal time to start discussing long-term care for loved ones with dementia. Alzheimer's affects more than 67,000 people in Oklahoma. Handling care for Alzheimer's patients at home is challenging, and at some point, it's likely to become unsafe. Taking the time to learn more about your care options and make plans is essential while the person with Alzheimer's can still be part of the discussion.
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and is often slower-moving than some other dementias, giving seniors and their loved ones more time to adjust to each stage of the disease. When it comes to the progression of the disease, nothing is certain, but many seniors with Alzheimer's are diagnosed early enough to enjoy years of a relatively normal lifestyle with minimal support.
Alzheimer's is a dementia that affects memory, behavior, language and cognitive ability. There are many other forms of dementia, all of which have different progression tracks. For example, while vascular dementia typically results in slow-moving cognitive decline, the increased risk of heart attack and stroke shortens life expectancy dramatically. The stage at which a person is diagnosed can be a major factor in the prognosis. Early diagnosis, prior to stage four, is critical to ensuring the individual has the maximum amount of time to enjoy their favorite hobbies and social activities as they age.
One of the first signs of Alzheimer's is memory problems. Forgetting appointments, losing track of a conversation and missing bill payments are problems that can result from mild memory issues. Other signs often include:
While any or all of these symptoms may indicate Alzheimer's, they can also be related to various other health complications. See a doctor to better understand the individual's current health and prognosis.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's often starts with little difficulty. In the early stages of the disease, your loved one can do most things for themselves. You might only need to provide medication reminders, help with scheduling and lend a general helping hand around the house. Over time, seniors tend to need more help. Getting the most out of their golden years often means being proactive about long-term care.
At Montereau, we offer a resort-style retirement with all the amenities you'd expect. Our Independent Living residents have access to a full social calendar and physical fitness classes. With a movie theater, spa, indoor pool, putting green and dozens of other attractions and fun ways to spend a day, the community provides luxury living. Add access to the cultural and economic fun in Downtown Tulsa, and you have a seamless blend of peace, quiet and urban excitement.
As a person's needs change, they can receive as-need support in Assisted Living or more extensive aid in our Skilled Nursing neighborhood, The Chateau.
Our senior residents with Alzheimer's have several options when it comes to living arrangements. Our garden homes are ideal for those who only need a little help but still live largely independently. For those who have more advanced Alzheimer's, we offer Memory Care as a next step.
Our Abbey Memory Support neighborhood is designed for residents who have advancing Alzheimer's or other dementias. Every team member is trained in memory support and care, and each resident receives the therapeutic care designed to best support their brain health.
In addition, Memory Care residents have access to amenities such as music therapy, a private courtyard and an indoor-outdoor sensory garden. All areas are fully secured to prevent wandering without upsetting potentially confused residents.
For more information about Memory Care or to tour our Abbey Memory Support neighborhood, contact the Montereau team today at 918-495-1500.
Friday, November 17, 2023
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