What is Memory Care?
Forgetfulness is a very normal part of the aging process. Memory loss is a commonly accepted part of growing old and wise. Unfortunately, some people experience more serious problems. When memory problems progress, performing daily tasks (such as dressing, bathing, cooking) sometimes becomes too difficult. Deciding on residential care can be stressful; however, dementia often requires more help and consideration than you can provide alone.
Understanding the difference between typical memory loss and dementia isn’t always easy. Dementia is an umbrella that encompasses a wide range of memory, language, and motor-related conditions, including the following:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Vascular dementia
- Lewy Body Disease
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
- Korsakoff’s syndrome
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common and recognized form of dementia. Currently, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and 47 million worldwide. This form of dementia causes memory loss, poor thinking, impaired decision-making and emotional instability. The condition is degenerative and progressive meaning symptoms worsen over time — eventually most patients require some formal type of care.
Introducing Memory Care
Memory care refers to a unique form of long-term senior care that caters specifically to seniors who suffer from memory-related conditions. Unlike other senior care communities, memory care centers specialize in memory care services. Memory care services often include wander-friendly designs, natural lighting, memory-enhancing activities, and personalized treatment plans. These communities also offer higher safety standards with 24-hour supervision and additional security measures.
Memory care has shown to have a number of positive results, aside from improved memory. A few of the most commonly reported improvements include:
- Higher medication adherence and efficacy
- Fewer falls and trips to the emergency room
- Fewer reports of agitation and better overall behavior
- Better appetite and improved nutrition
- Increased feelings of independence and social interactions
- Improved feelings of happiness and overall mental functioning
Every person deserves to live a good life. As dementia progresses, memory issues make it more difficult to live comfortably. Some seniors simply need the proper type of care and support. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact type of care needed but families who place their loved ones in memory-care facilities report success across the board. The bottom line is: if the senior in your life is suffering from memory issues, they deserve the best care available.
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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.