As the body ages, time effects the mind as well as the body. Although forgetfulness and occasional lapses in memory are commonplace in old age, there are some that suffer more than others. Alzheimer’s and dementia are the most common ailments responsible for memory loss but neither has a cure. Although there’s no specific treatment, these conditions can be managed by adapting to symptoms and accommodating changing needs.

Both Alzheimer’s and dementia are progressive disorders that develop differently in each person. Some advance slowly while others are unable to perform basic tasks. Seniors living at home may struggle with adequate self-care while those in senior communities may not have access to helpful memory services. When these circumstances arise, memory care facilities are an excellent option for you and your loved one.


Although memory care facilities seem to offer services similar to a nursing home, there are a number of distinguishing factors that offer their own benefits:

  • Design. Memory care facilities are specifically designed to reduce stress and prevent anxiety while allowing residents to adjust accordingly. They often use natural lighting instead of harsh fluorescents. By using a circular design, these facilities allows for wandering while preventing feelings of panic or being lost.
  • Safety. Due to increased concerns of wandering or elopement, these facilities offer higher levels of security with more frequent safety checks. Memory care staff is trained to help prevent the emotional and physical injuries common with cognitive decline disorders. Some even offer high risk residents wristbands that lock doors to ensure extra protection.
  • Memory Assistance. Memory care facilities provide memory boxes outside doors and inside rooms to help residents remember their life and stay connected to loved ones. These communities also provide programs and activities that focus on the resident’s past interests and memory timelines.
  • Personal Care. Although these facilities may offer less exciting or diverse activities, memory care facilities emphasize comfort over entertainment. In addition to housekeeping, laundry, meal services, and bathing assistance, they also manage medication and healthcare.


Memory care facilities offer services and accommodations that are designed to protect and aid seniors. In addition to offering services that are similar to assisted living facilities, memory care provides specialized programs to fit any need. When memory problems become the number one concern for your loved one, these facilities offer everything you need to guarantee happiness, comfort, and health for those that matter most.


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To learn more about dementia and memory care options, check out our Dementia & Memory Care page; we also provide information on senior care options on our Assisted Living page.

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About the Author: Victoria K. Stickley is a copywriter, editor, and senior content manager based in the Dallas area. Her graduate education in counseling and research has helped immensely in her writing as well as the care she provides for her grandparents. She currently provides support and resources to senior care websites as she learns and experiences senior care first-hand.