Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Memory Care Specialists at MorningStar of Fort Collins

Assisted Living Facilities - A True Home
MorningStar of Fort Collins provides 24 secure suites devoted to the care of seniors with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases, in addition to our 55 private suites for assisted living.  Dedicated to providing the best memory care in Fort Collins, our Reflections Neighborhood is designed to encourage residents’ independence as much as possible, while providing individualized care that stimulates or calms as the situation requires. 

At MorningStar our approach to memory care is designed around our comprehensive program we call “Lavender Sky.”  Our philosophy encourages us to walk alongside a resident as we thoughtfully enter, embrace and explore the world of dementia.  With insight and intentionality, we enter into our memory-impaired residents’ “purple world” to cross over the physical and emotional boundaries that would otherwise separate us. We also educate the families of those afflicted with dementia on how to follow our lead and enter too.

Another important aspect of our unique methodology is to accept the diagnosis of dementia and embrace the fact (we know it is difficult) that this is the path we must take together.  By embracing a deep understanding of the disease, it allows us to embrace the necessary changes in our own communication style as well as physically embrace residents with the power of touch. And most importantly we embrace hope. 

Finally, Lavender Sky explores a boundless variety of resourceful and individualized solutions for we recognize that what works today may not work tomorrow.  When memory care residents come to MorningStar of Fort Collins, we explore the person’s life including their background, interests and preferences to create a specialized care plan.  We also explore ways to engage and involve their family members.

As you can see, memory care at our senior care community springs from a deep understanding of the disease and is offered with the utmost love and compassion.   Please visit our website to learn more.

At MorningStar of Fort Collins, we represent the very best in senior living with a unique mission statement of “to honor, to value, to invest.”  We have built a foundation on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve to create a true “home” for residents in a beautiful, serene setting.  Please schedule a visit to experience firsthand our beautiful senior care community.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Looking for Billing’s Best Senior Living?


If you are searching for the finest senior living in Billings, we would like to introduce you to MorningStar of Billings.  Our campus is in a beautiful, park-like neighborhood with spectaculars views of the Rockies and offers three neighborhoods: 32 free-standing cottages and 72 bright suites for independent living, 70 assisted living suites for seniors who require help with personal daily activities, and 36 memory care suites devoted to those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. 

Our beautiful, vibrant home is designed for carefree retirement years and offers a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community.  MorningStar’s independent living cottages and suites are available in a variety of floor plans including one and two-bedroom configurations.  Furthermore, if you are looking for a large-sized unit, check out our cottages, which offer a floor plan over 1,225 sq. ft.

Additionally, assisted living residents have a choice of floor plans including studio, one-bedroom, one bath and two-bedroom, two-bath options.  Residents in both our assisted living and memory care are treated to three delicious meals daily.  Also, those in independent and assisted living are sure to enjoy the bistro, billiards and game room, strolling paths, and raised garden beds.  Furthermore, everyone in our community benefits from exceptional wellness programs and activities. 

Most importantly, MorningStar of Billings is proud to have a hospitality and care team who feels called to serve seniors and works to create a true home for all of our residents.  Please visit our website to learn more about the area’s most sought-after senior living.

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, we provide a true home for residents.  We invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand our exceptional independent living, assisted living and memory care.


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Learn More About MorningStar at Bear Creek



MorningStar at Bear Creek offers the greater Colorado Springs area compassionate and loving dementia and Alzheimer’s care.  Our community has 48 suites in a variety of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom configurations devoted to caring for seniors with memory impairment.   To ensure the safety and well-being of residents, our community is completely secure, including courtyards and strolling paths. 

The central focus of MorningStar at Bear Creek is to provide care that is resident-directed, supporting choice and independence whenever possible. Our entire community is specifically designed to allow our most tender residents the freedom to explore our expansive surroundings safely and easily. The figure-eight floor plan of our building allows residents to explore yet find their way back to an open, inviting area.

As dementia care specialists, we understand how devastating it is when a loved one receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another memory loss disease, and we want you to know we are here to help.  We are staffed by experienced and compassionate caregivers who truly understand the disease.  Our holistic approach to memory care is designed to affirm the value of the person and to find ways to celebrate the smallest successes.  MorningStar leverages the power of dance, music, art, exercise, animals and aromatherapy in order to heal and comfort, and provides meaningful wellness programs and activities that engage our residents.  Also as many adverse behaviors are often side effects from antipsychotic drugs, our goal is to have as few as possible of our residents on such drugs.

MorningStar at Bear Creek is proud to have been recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado as an Alzheimer’s Association Leader in Dementia Care. Please contact us to learn more about our community including day programs and respite care.

MorningStar at Bear Creek brings a unique vision to senior living with our mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. We are dedicated to creating a true home within an ideal setting and invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand the best dementia and Alzheimer’s care in Colorado Springs.


Cost of Assisted Living vs. In-home Care



According to a survey conducted by Genworth Financial in 2018 the median monthly cost for an assisted living community is $4000 (costs vary depending on the community) – totaling $48,000 annually.  In comparison, the median cost of long-term care by a home health aide is $4,195 monthly or $50,336 annually. 

The fact that many assisted living communities are actually less expensive than seniors choosing to live in their own home and bring in a team of caregivers to provide the services they need surprises many people.  The reason for this is so many of the services a senior pays separately for to stay at home are included in the cost of assisted living. 

Assisted living communities such as MorningStar at Arrowhead eliminate the cost of such things as property taxes, property insurance, condominium maintenance fees, and 24-hour security. You no longer need to pay for lawn mowing, snow removal, and other repair and replacement costs.  Also, as a resident of MorningStar, you will no longer need to buy groceries and prepare meals as we take care of food prep and serve three daily meals restaurant-style.  Moreover each suite is equipped with a 24-hour emergency call system, and light housekeeping and daily trash removal are part of our services. 

Other features offered by many assisted living communities including MorningStar at Arrowhead are free entertainment and ready-made socializing.  With a wide selection of wellness programs, activities, and special events and outings, residents at our community can stay as busy as they like.   In addition, onsite amenities such as a movie theatre/chapel, fitness room, library with a computer, and more adds to the convenience as well as the value assisted living communities can offer. 
 
MorningStar at Arrowhead has 60 private assisted living suites and 25 secure suites devoted to the specialized care of those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.  We are committed to provide the best senior living Peoria and Glendale offers, and encourage you to set up a tour to see our exceptional community.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Arrowhead’s foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve, all directed at creating a true home for our residents. Contact us to schedule a tour to fully experience the finest senior living Peoria & Glendale AZ area has to offer.


Source: genworth.com/aging-and-you/finances/cost-of-care.html

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

UTIs Often Go Undiagnosed in the Elderly



The Senior Living website says that, “One of the many unseen, hard-to-detect dangers that senior citizens face today is urinary tract infections, more often known as UTIs.”  They explain that while the infection is usually easy to treat, the symptoms of UTIs in the elderly can often mimic much more serious conditions including dementia.   
        
The reason why UTIs often are undiagnosed in the elderly is that many of them do not experience the common symptoms associated with the infections such as frequent urination, burning pain, cloudy urine and lower back pain.  As seniors’ immune systems typically do not function at optimal levels, UTI symptoms can manifest in a range of behaviors including confusion, disorientations, agitation, poor motor skills, dizziness, falling and even depression.   They can even cause a sudden onset of urinary incontinence.

Many of these symptoms may be attributed to more serious illnesses or old age; however, once the infection is finally diagnosed, the treatment is relatively straightforward.  A simple urinalysis can confirm the infection and most cases will be cured by antibiotics in a few days to a few weeks depending on the severity of the infection and the health of the person.  Doctors recommend drinking four to six 8-ounce glasses of water a day to flush the bacteria from the system and to add cranberry juice or cranberry tablets to your diet. 

MorningStar at Bear Creek offers the Colorado Springs area loving assisted living for dementia patients. Along with a whole host of resort-style amenities, wellness programs and activities, we also provide residents with three wholesome, delicious meals each day.  Residents also receive 24-hour care, access to a full-time nurse, and a responsive, caring team that is the very heartbeat of our community. 

This post is intended for informational purposes only.  Please contact your health care provider with any questions or concerns you have regarding your health.


Source: seniorliving.org/healthcare/uti/


Compassionate and Loving Memory Care


At MorningStar at Arrowhead, our mission is to provide the best senior living Peoria or Glendale has to offer, which includes specialized memory care designed to connect with and nurture the individual regardless of the extent of the memory loss.  Furthermore, our unique Reflections Neighborhood was designed to allow residents the freedom to explore their expansive surroundings safely and easily.  

When a family comes to MorningStar at Arrowhead looking for care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, our experienced team is ready to help.  Even before we welcome a new resident to our loving community, we take the time to sit down with them and their family to learn as much as we can about the person including their medical history, background, talents, and personal preferences.  We then use this information to create an individualized care plan that is used to stimulate or calm a resident in response to a particular mood or situation.

Also, we use a reimagined philosophy and approach to memory care we call “Lavender Sky, which we consider to be the next logical step to what MorningStar has always believed and aspired to be as dementia care specialists.  The comprehensive program allows us to introduce a more insightful and intentional way to support the memory-impaired and their families.  Moreover, as it guides every aspect of our dementia care, all team members are asked to attend eight-hours of interactive Lavender Sky training to help give them a better understanding of the disease. 

Along with 25 suites in the Reflections Neighborhood for memory care, MorningStar at Arrowhead has 60 private assisted living suites on two levels, with spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans. Contact us to learn more about our exceptional community.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Arrowhead’s foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve, all directed at creating a true home for our residents. Contact us to schedule a tour to fully experience the finest senior living Peoria & Glendale AZ area has to offer.


Friday, November 1, 2019

Finding a Healthcare Provider as a Senior



As we age, our healthcare needs change, which is why seniors should have a primary healthcare provider who understands their special needs.  Experts recommend finding someone that “talks to you” and clearly explains what they are saying; and then most importantly listens to what you have to say.  Also, you do not want a healthcare provider that makes you feel like they only have ten minutes to spend with you.

Many seniors want to have a geriatrician, a physician dedicated to the care of seniors, on their team, but as Dr. Michael Wasserman, himself a geriatrician and board member of the American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation, says, “There are 7,000 board-certified geriatricians in the country, and the number's going down every year."  However he explains that even if you do not have access in your area to a geriatrician, there is no reason to worry as a family doctor is able to manage your needs and can refer you to a specialist when appropriate.   
 
One way to find the right healthcare provider is to get a referral from family, friends or neighbors.  When you call the office, ask if they are accepting new patients, and if not, is there a waiting list?  Also check to see if they accept your insurance including various Medicare plans.  Another important thing, especially for seniors, is to find out if they have extended hours and after-hours availability as this can help keep older adults out of the hospital.  Experts further advised that you routinely use a single pharmacy as this can help to avoid dangerous drug interactions.    

At MorningStar at Arrowhead, a senior living community in Glendale AZ, we have created a true home for our residents to ensure their comfort, wellness and safety.  Our assisted living is designed for seniors who require some help with their day-to-day personal care.  Our memory care compassionately provides for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. 
 
MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the best in senior living with a unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We have built our foundation on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve…all of which contributes to creating a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting. Contact us to learn more about our exceptional assisted living and memory care community.


Source: health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/slideshows/11-things-seniors-should-look-for-in-a-health-provider

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Laughter Can Actually Have Therapeutic Value!


Research suggests that laughter can actually have a therapeutic value for people.  A recent study showed, “Women with a strong sense of humor were found to live longer in spite of illness, especially cardiovascular disease and infection.”  The Norwegian University of Science and Technology study tracked 54,000 Norwegians over a period of seven years and discovered that people who thought life was the funniest were 35% more likely to survive longer.  

Other similar studies have found laughter helps people sleep better and diffuse anger.  A good laugh relaxes the whole body and produces a general sense of well-being that can last for as long as 45 minutes.  Some believe it may also be a useful tool in the fight against cancer, and as laughter releases a cocktail of hormones, neuropeptides and dopamine, it may help to stave off depression.   

HelpGuide.org, a website that deals with issues of mental health and wellness, writes, “Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.”  Experts say laughter triggers the release of endorphins (natural feel-good chemicals that can temporarily relieve pain) as well as helps to improve the function of blood vessels and increase blood flow.  It can even burn calories.  Perhaps most important of all, laughter is free medicine without any harmful side effects. 

At MorningStar of Billings, we too believe in the power of a good laugh.  Our independent living, assisted living and memory care community is designed to allow our residents to live each day to the fullest whether it is participating in one of our wellness programs or activities or simply sharing a delicious meal with friends.   Please visit our website for more information.

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, we provide a true home for residents.  We invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand our exceptional independent living, assisted living and memory care.

Sources: urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/5331/laughter-is-good-medicine.aspx
helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm/

sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190204170932.htm

Monday, October 28, 2019

MorningStar at Bear Creek’s Holistic Approach to Memory Care



MorningStar at Bear Creek is proud to offer assisted living for dementia patients in Colorado Springs.  Our loving community has 48 secure suites for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments.  Our team feels privileged to provide highly specialized, individualized care for seniors in the onset of the disease right through to the most advanced stages. 

MorningStar of Bear Creek’s resident-directed approach to memory care respects the dignity and value of each person and supports choice and independence as much as possible.  Residents are able to move freely about in a safe and secure environment that includes courtyards, patios (with double-sided stone fireplace) and strolling paths.  We also provide three daily meals served in our comfy dining room where residents and staff eat together.  In addition, residents are provided 24-hour care with daily health monitoring, and the expertise of a full-time licensed nurse.

MorningStar’s memory care comes from a deep understanding of the disease and we create an individualized care plan for each resident based on their background, preferences and abilities. Our compassionate, professional staff uses multi-sensory cues to calm and awaken memories and to support capabilities. All residents are encouraged to participate in a variety of purposeful activities that include music, life skills, art, entertainers and exercise as well as our special events and outings.

Please visit MorningStar of Bear Creek’s website for more information about our community.  If you like what you see, go ahead and set up a tour.  We understand families feel traumatized by the sobering diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, and we want you to know we are here to support you as well as your loved one.    




Sunday, October 27, 2019

Our Community is Designed for Your Safety and Wellbeing



At MorningStar at Arrowhead, we are committed to provide the best senior living Peoria or Glendale has to offer, and our beautiful community was designed from the ground up to ensure our cherished residents’ safety and wellbeing.  One of the ways we do this is by providing each of our assisted living and memory care residents with around-the-clock care from our compassionate team of care managers.  This includes assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and eating as well as needed medical assistance.  Each of our care managers is hired for their loving nature and their desire to serve seniors.

Our medication care managers/QMAPs are another way we help to keep our residents safe.  In fact a National Institutes of Health study recently found that 40% of seniors aged 65 and older take five or more prescription medications, and 90% take at least one prescription. The same study reports that as many of 55% of seniors take their medications incorrectly.  MorningStar’s med managers will oversee both the ordering and supervised administration of a resident’s medications.  

Each of MorningStar at Arrowhead’s 60 bright assisted living suites is equipped with a 24-hour Emergency Call System.  In addition, all have handicap-accessible bathrooms as well as wall-to-wall carpeting, high ceilings, mini-blinds, large windows and lots of lighting.  Of course our entire community is handicap accessible with wide doorways, spacious common areas and hallways. 
Reflections Neighborhood, our memory care wing, is designed to encourage our most tender residents to explore their spacious surroundings easily and safely.  We offer 25 secure memory care suites in a range of floor plans.

Please visit our website to learn more about our unsurpassed senior living community.  You will discover we also offer residents a wealth of luxury amenities as well as a wellness program and activities designed to keep you active and productive physically, intellectually, spiritually and socially. 

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Arrowhead’s foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve, all directed at creating a true home for our residents. Contact us to schedule a tour to fully experience the finest senior living Peoria & Glendale AZ area has to offer.


Friday, October 25, 2019

“Fall Proof” Your Home Both Inside and Outside


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more than one in four adults age 65 years and older falls each year.  Any time a senior falls, it can be extremely serious and is the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for the elderly.  Statistics show that 3 million older adults are treated in an emergency department each year for nonfatal falls, and 800,000 are hospitalized. 

The National Institute of Health (NIH) advises that seniors “fall proof” both the inside and outside of their homes.  Every room should have clear pathways that are free of clutter and other obstacles that could cause a fall.  All carpets should be securely attached to floors and stairways, and rather than throw rugs, use non-slip rugs or apply non-slip strips. 

Another suggestion from the NIH is to have good lighting throughout your home including well-lit hallways, entrances, and stairwells.  Also have a lamp close to your bed that is easy to turn on to avoid stumbling around in the dark when getting in and out of bed. 

In addition, wearing the proper shoes is also an important part of preventing falls.  Shoes should fit well and have low heels, non-slip soles and completely surround your foot.  Other safety tips include installing handrails and grab bars in the bathroom. 

At MorningStar at Bear Creek, we provide compassionate and loving care for those with mild to advanced memory impairment.  Our community is designed to accommodate the needs of our residents and encourages and supports their independence while keeping them safe.   If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia-related disease, please visit our website to learn more about our experienced, compassionate Alzheimer’s care.  

MorningStar at Bear Creek brings a unique vision to senior living with our mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. We are dedicated to creating a true home within an ideal setting and invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand the best dementia and Alzheimer’s care in Colorado Springs.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Learn & Contribute at MorningStar of Billings


At MorningStar of Billings, we believe that seniors have a lot to contribute as well as a desire to continue learning, which is why we are proud to offer our signature wellness program, WellStar.  Each day our Life Enrichment team finds ways to help residents celebrate life by engaging the mind, body and spirit in purposeful and productive activities. 

One look at our monthly calendar posted on our home page will give you an idea of the entertaining, enjoyable activities we invite our residents to participate in. A few examples of the goings-on at MorningStar include Watercolor and Oil Painting classes, Water Fitness class, Bridge Club, Bible Study, and Cooking Sessions.  We also offer games such as Bingo, Bunco, and Mexican Train, Music Performances, Social Hours and Movie Showings. 

Along with the pure fun of the experience, you will have the chance to bond with fellow residents and staff and become a part of our philosophy of building “Family for Life.”  As one of our MorningStar Senior Living residents explains, “My wife and I were just existing in our former home, but we’re living here at MorningStar. It’s all in how you look at the changes in your life.”

In addition, activities include road trips to local areas of interest or a pleasant lunch out at a nearby restaurant.  We also invite residents to tap into their unique talents and life experiences by leading special interest clubs. 

We encourage you to visit our website for more details about our remarkable senior living community.  Our property has 72 senior independent living suites and 70 assisted living suites, in a choice of spacious studios or one and two-bedroom floor plans.  Our Reflections Neighborhood is devoted to providing care for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  Our community also offers 32 free-standing cottages for active, independent seniors. 

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, we provide a true home for residents.  We invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand our exceptional senior independent living, assisted living and memory care.


Planning for Moving Day



Now that the hard decision is over and you or a parent has decided that moving into assisted living makes the most sense for your/their needs, you may need to downsize a houseful of furniture and decades of belongings.  While this can seem like an overwhelming task, take a deep breath, try to relax and read some tips from organizing experts.
   
Organizing your approach to the task should be your first step and begin by cataloging a list of your furniture and possessions.  Now create lists for the things you want to keep, items you want to give to family or friends, and items to sell.  Anything left over should go on a list to donate. 
Before you get too far ahead of yourself, you will also need to remember that your apartment in the assisted living community may be smaller than your present home.  This means you will not need a whole household full of furniture! 

It may be helpful to measure the size of the suite and create a floor plan to give yourself a realistic idea of how your furnishings will fit in your new place.  If the unit is a studio or a smaller, one bedroom, you do not want to be so crowded you cannot safely move around.  You may even want to buy a smaller couch or coffee table that is better suited to the size of your new home.  Also bins and shelving help keep items organized and easy to get to. 

Furthermore, keep in mind that your new life at an assisted living community will be much easier as you will no longer be responsible for preparing meals and maintaining a home.  At MorningStar at Arrowhead, we cook and serve the meals as well as provide light housekeeping, daily trash removal, and laundry and linen services.

MorningStar at Arrowhead provides residents with a home that is both beautiful and accommodating. We offer 60 assisted living suites in a variety of configurations including spacious studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom floorplans (some over 600 square feet).  In addition, our Reflections Neighborhood has 25 secure suites devoted to the individualized care of residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the best in senior living with a unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We have built our foundation on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve…all of which contributes to creating a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting. Contact us to learn more about our exceptional assisted living and memory care community.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Study Suggests Alzheimer’s Disease May Start in Childhood


A study suggests that some of the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease may be detected as early as childhood.  The research, published in the journal of Neurology, studied 1,187 children and young adults ages 3 to 20.  All of the subjects were tested to see if they carried the APOE-E4 gene that is believed to increase one’s risk for Alzheimer’s. 

In the case of the children carrying the AOPE-E4 gene, scientists discovered they tended to have a smaller hippocampus, the part of the brain critical for memory and the first area damaged by Alzheimer’s disease.  In addition, other changes were found in the children’s brain typical of Alzheimer’s such as the youngest participants with the gene performed the worst on tests involving thinking, memory and attention.  However, by the time the children were 8 to 10 years old, the deficits were no longer noticeable.    

The lead author of the study and the director of neuroscience at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Dr. Linda Chang, states that, “Studying these genes in young children may ultimately give us early indications of who may be at risk for dementia in the future, and possibly even help us develop ways to prevent the disease from occurring or to delay the start of the disease.”

If the results of the study are true and Alzheimer’s is a developmental disorder that starts early in life, it raises the possibility that people with the gene could be treated as young children with noninvasive approaches such as diet and cognitive training.  In addition, researchers also stress that it is imperative we learn and understand the underlying cause of the disease as it is most effectively treated in the early stages. 


Source: alzinfo.org/articles/diagnosis/alzheimers-brain-changes-may-start-early-in-life/



Monday, October 21, 2019

Communicating with a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease


The Alzheimer’s Association has some effective tips for communicating with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.  As the ability to find the right words or to speak at all is one of the effects of the devastating disease, it is helpful to learn some tips to make the communication process easier.  
 
Typically in the early stages of the disease, individuals repeat themselves often and can easily lose their train of thought.  They may start to avoid speaking and have trouble following a conversation, and may even use gestures rather than words.  Experts suggest at this stage that you make sure to address the person directly, don’t speak through a caregiver, and allow them plenty of the time to answer you back. 

The middle stages of the disease can signal lots of changes and usually lasts the longest.  If you wish to speak with the individual, make sure to do it in a quiet space without any distractions.  Your questions should be short and only require a simple yes or no answer, and again, look directly at the person.  In addition, you can demonstrate the task or give clear, step-by-step instructions.  Also use a soft voice and calm demeanor, and above all else, be patient and loving.      

In the late stages of the disease, which can last from a few weeks to several years, the Alzheimer’s Association suggests using nonverbal forms of communication.  When entering the person’s presence, always identify yourself and use the sound of your voice to convey the meaning of your words.  Experts recommend using touch, sight, sound, smell and taste to communicate, and as always, treat the individual with respect and dignity. 

In addition to senior independent living and assisted living, MorningStar of Billing’s Reflections Neighborhood provides compassionate, loving memory care to those with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.  Please visit our website for more information.

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, we provide a true home for residents.  We invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand our exceptional senior independent living, assisted living and memory care.

Source: alz.org/help-support/caregiving/daily-care/communications