Last updated 6 days ago
If your loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, you may be trying to provide care at home initially. By downloading the Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias Daily Companion app, you can gain access to hundreds of helpful tips regarding Alzheimer’s care.
This app provides valuable advice for responding to various behaviors and symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s. In addition to learning more about your loved one’s symptoms with this app, you can use it to access the collected wisdom of a community of Alzheimer’s caregivers. However, it is important to remember that the app cannot replace professional Alzheimer’s care. As your loved one’s symptoms grow progressively worse, he or she will need much more extensive Alzheimer’s support.
Families throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth areas can find the Alzheimer’s support they need at Avalon Memory Care. To learn more about our unique approach to Alzheimer’s care, give us a call at (214) 752-7050.
Last updated 13 days ago
Although seniors with dementia struggle with cognitive impairment, they can still derive considerable enjoyment from participating in fun activities. Indeed, staying active can help seniors in a dementia care program maintain their emotional wellness and even delay cognitive decline. This fall, when you visit your loved one at his or her dementia care location, consider enticing him or her with the following activities.
Visit the Dallas Arboretum
Seniors in the early stages of Alzheimer’s may enjoy a change of scenery. If your loved one’s memory care program is in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, consider bringing him or her to the Dallas Arboretum. In the fall, the Dallas Arboretum is a haven of beautiful autumnal decorations. Visit the Pumpkin Village, enjoy a walk among the gorgeous fall flowers, or have a leisurely picnic in the garden. The Dallas Arboretum also offers elegant dining options at the DeGolyer mansion.
Plan an Autumnal Celebration
If your loved one has difficulty getting out in the community, consider bringing a fall celebration to his or her dementia care location. For your next visit, bring along the supplies to make fall-themed decorations. Since it may be unsafe for your loved one to carve a pumpkin, bring miniature pumpkins and painting supplies. The two of you can have fun painting faces on pumpkins. Additionally, bring along some tasty treats and have a picnic in the gardens of the dementia care location. Enjoy some pumpkin soup, pumpkin seeds, seasonal chestnut salad, and similar foods that are reminiscent of autumn.
Preserve Fresh Flowers
Individuals with dementia can benefit from engaging the various senses. Engage your loved one’s sense of smell by preserving the last fresh flowers of summer together. Arrange a beautiful bouquet together, remove the leaves, and tie a string around the stems. Then, hang the flowers upside down in a dry place that does not receive much sunlight. Depending on humidity levels, the flowers should be dry and perfectly preserved within a couple of weeks.
The individuals at Avalon Memory Care enjoy the highest standard of living. Our dementia care program provides a variety of planned activities to engage seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. For more information about our unique memory care program or our locations in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas, call us at (214) 752-7050.
Last updated 20 days ago
When looking for a dementia care program for your loved one, it is important to make sure the program you choose includes social and recreational activities. Cognitive stimulation is highly recommended for individuals with dementia. Your loved one might enjoy crossword puzzles, word find puzzles, or jigsaw puzzles. Some seniors prefer playing memory games online, while others prefer pursuing continuing education initiatives. For example, your loved one might enjoy learning to play the piano, or he or she might consider taking a course in a second language. These are all effective ways to keep the brain stimulated.
Combining cognitive stimulation games with social activities is also ideal for seniors in a dementia care program. Seniors might get together with their friends to play some board games or card games, for example.
The residents at Avalon Memory Care enjoy a variety of meaningful activities within our home-like environment. Families throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth areas are invited to call us at (214) 752-7050 to arrange a tour of our beautiful Alzheimer’s care locations.
Last updated 24 days ago
It is often emotionally difficult for adult children to assume a reversed role and begin to care for their own parents. This may be because many seniors resist the idea that they need help. If your loved one was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he or she may not require a structured Alzheimer’s care program right away. However, it is always ideal to begin the conversation as soon as possible to allow your loved one some time to become accustomed to the idea of moving to a new environment to receive Alzheimer’s care.
Offer Alzheimer’s Support in a Subtle Manner
Adjust your parent to the idea of accepting help by offering to share responsibilities. For example, instead of simply bringing a casserole to your loved one’s home, take the ingredients with you and share the task of preparing the meal.
Prioritize Your Concerns
When it is time to discuss moving to an Alzheimer’s care program, make a list of your concerns to talk about with your loved one. Prioritize your concerns to draw your loved one’s attention to the most critical matters. For example, rather than discussing the deteriorating state of your loved one’s housekeeping, discuss safety issues such as a recent fall. Let your loved one know that Alzheimer’s care would bring about peace of mind—both for your loved one and for the whole family.
Modify Your Conversation Style
You may need to change your conversation style to suit your loved one’s comprehension abilities. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, an individual may be able to comprehend conversations better when words are clearly enunciated and sentences are shorter. Slow down your speech a little, repeat sentences when necessary, and discuss just one main topic at a time.
When it is time for your loved one to receive additional Alzheimer’s support, consider taking a tour of the peaceful grounds at Avalon Memory Care. The home-like environment of our memory care locations facilitates the emotional wellbeing of seniors with dementia. Our Alzheimer’s caregivers invite families in Dallas and Fort Worth to call us at (214) 752-7050 to arrange a tour or to visit our website to learn more about our award-winning dementia care.