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    Early Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Forgetfulness is common in seniors, but how can you tell when forgetting things is something more? The early stages of Alzheimer’s disease can be subtle, but it is important to recognize the signs so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are medications that can slow the disease progression.

    Watch this video to learn about the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. You may notice that a person with Alzheimer’s struggles to find the right words during conversations or that he or she frequently misplaces things. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a person may also become agitated more easily or be overly emotional.

    When your loved one has Alzheimer’s, Avalon Memory Care is here to provide compassionate care in a home-like environment. To learn more about our memory care services, call our Dallas location at (214) 752-7050.

    Understanding Memory Care Homes [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 7 days ago

    When someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease, making decisions about his or her care can be a challenge. Although family care may be enough initially, most families cannot offer the kind of continuous care their loved one eventually needs as the disease progresses. However, sending a person with Alzheimer’s to a large nursing facility is not always right, as the unfamiliar surroundings and lack of personal attention can trigger anxiety. With Avalon Memory Care, you have an alternative. Our facilities offer 24-hour compassionate care in small, personalized settings that feel like home. Learn about the memory care services we provide in this infographic, and please share this helpful information with family and friends facing similar choices.

    Getting to Know the Avalon Memory Care Difference

    Last updated 13 days ago

    If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you may have already come to the decision that you require assistance for his or her well-being. In the past, help might have been limited to large institutions where residents receive little personal care or accommodations. Avalon Memory Care departs from the traditional form of Alzheimer’s support.

    Our assisted living locations place a priority on the safety and comfort of our residents. Our dedicated staff understands how a new setting can cause fear and apprehension in those with Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, we create a place where residents can feel truly welcomed in their living spaces. We also give personalized attention to each person who comes to live at Avalon Memory Care. Our unique approach to Alzheimer’s support makes our Dallas and Forth Worth locations havens where residents can experience the kind of lifestyle that every person regardless of his condition is entitled to have.

    Would you like to learn more about Avalon Memory Care? Our friendly and knowledgeable associates are waiting to speak with you. To get additional details about our dementia care locations, call (214) 752-7050.

    Tips for Communicating with a Person Who Suffers from Dementia

    Last updated 20 days ago

    If you have a loved one with dementia, you might already know firsthand the challenges of achieving meaningful communication with him. However, you can cultivate effective exchanges between you and your friend or family member by using a few simple strategies. With these tips, you and your loved one can continue to enjoy satisfying conversations despite the limitations of dementia.

    Use Simple Language
    Key to cultivating successful exchanges with a loved one is expressing your thoughts or questions with pared down language. Using complex phrases or unusual terminology with a person who has dementia can result in a rapid breakdown of communication. If your friend or family member cannot comprehend what you are saying to them, they may become emotionally distraught, which may further hinder your efforts to talk with them. Simple words and phrases normally work best to convey thoughts to those in dementia care.

    Maintain Focus
    Communication with a friend or family member who has dementia may take considerably longer than a conversation with someone else. Be sure to make time to accommodate the needs of your loved one. If your friend or family member senses that you are trying to rush his answer, it can lead to sadness, confusion, and embarrassment. Instead, present your thought or question and wait for his reply with your complete attention on his response.

    Incorporate Body Language
    Communication need not always come in the form of verbalized words. You can also facilitate exchanges with your loved one by using your body language to communicate for you. For instance, when it comes time to prepare dinner, you can point to a given dish instead of explaining it to see if your friend or family member wants to eat it. In addition, you can encourage your loved one to express himself through non-verbal responses if articulating their preferences proves too difficult in a given moment.

    The dementia care professionals at Avalon Memory Care come with the expertise necessary to cultivate a warm and supportive assisted living environment. To learn more about our home-like environment we offer for the Dallas and Fort Worth community, call (214) 752-7050. You can also visit our website for additional information on our complete line of services.

    Recognizing the Symptoms of Memory Loss

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Memory loss can signal the presence of a neurological condition such as Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. With an early diagnosis and proactive treatment, though, many people with these concerns can enjoy fulfilling lives. This video explains some of the more common memory loss problems that may indicate a greater underlying condition.

    One key component of memory loss is forgetting how to perform everyday tasks. For instance, a person who has difficulty following a common recipe or driving to a familiar destination might be suffering from memory loss. Making poor decisions that could result in harm to oneself or another person is another sign of possible neurological decline.

    Avalon Memory Care provides memory care support for individuals who are living in the Fort Worth, Garland, and Dallas communities. Call (214) 752-7050 for more information about our locations and services.

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