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    Art Therapy for People with Alzheimer's Disease

    Last updated 4 days ago

    As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, individuals begin to lose the ability to communicate with others. They also lose their sense of self. One key benefit of art therapy for those with this form of dementia is the recreation of the sense of self—even for a brief moment. Art therapy projects also enable seniors to develop a sense of camaraderie with their fellow residents and to express themselves creatively.

    When you watch this video, you will hear an art therapist describe some of the other benefits of helping seniors with Alzheimer’s disease engage in art therapy projects. She explains the importance of sensory stimulation and discusses the value of life review projects for reminiscing.

    At Avalon Residential Care Homes, your loved one will enjoy a carefully planned schedule of activities designed to improve quality of life. Families in the Dallas, Garland and Fort Worth areas can learn more about our approach to Alzheimer’s care by calling (214) 752-7050.

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    Last updated 5 days ago

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    Risk Factors of Alzheimer's and Dementia

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Dementia, which is most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease, is a complex group of symptoms that has many potential causes and risk factors. If you recently moved a loved one to a residential care home because of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may be wondering if you are also at risk as you grow older. Heredity is indeed a risk factor; however, there are many others to consider as well.

    Uncontrollable Risk Factors
    Uncontrollable risk factors of dementia are those that cannot be mitigated by healthy lifestyle choices and similar initiatives. The most significant risk factor of Alzheimer’s disease is being 65 years or older. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the risk doubles for every five years after the age of 65. An individual who is over 85 has a risk of almost 50 percent. Genetics is another factor. Deterministic genes are those that cause a certain condition or disease, while risk genes are those that raise the risk, yet do not automatically cause it. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with both types of genes.

    Manageable Risk Factors
    Although uncontrollable risk factors are by far the most significant cause of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, researchers believe that it may be possible to lower your risk via lifestyle choices. While the evidence is not yet conclusive, it is possible that smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and social isolation increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. Other risk factors may include eating a diet that lacks vegetables and fruits, having poorly controlled diabetes, having high blood pressure, and having high cholesterol.

    Avalon Residential Care Homes, a national award winner, is proud to be a leading provider of memory care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our compassionate caregivers are specially trained to help those with dementia with personal care services, medication management, health initiatives, and so much more. We invite families in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas to learn more about our unique approach to memory care by calling (214) 752-7050.

    Coping Emotionally with an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

    Last updated 18 days ago

    It is never easy to hear that your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease. Sometimes, fear of the unknown can magnify stress. You may feel more in control of the situation as you discuss the diagnosis with your loved one’s doctors and learn about care options. As you begin to notice new symptoms in your loved one, it can be helpful to discuss these with the doctor. Family members of those with Alzheimer’s frequently face significant worries over how to arrange for care. As symptoms become more severe, you may feel more at ease if your loved one moves to a residential care home that specializes in memory care.

    Some individuals find comfort in reaching out to others for emotional support during this difficult time. You may wish to talk to your doctor about local support groups or you may wish to request a referral to a mental health counselor. If you have friends who have also coped with the diagnosis of a loved one, arrange a time to meet over coffee and share your concerns. Simply knowing that a friend understands what you are coping with can be a great comfort.

    The compassionate Alzheimer’s caregivers of Avalon Residential Care Homes are dedicated to helping your loved one live with dignity in comfortable, secure surroundings. Contact our locations in Dallas and Fort Worth at (214) 752-7050 and ask us about our groundbreaking approach to memory care.

    Creating Meaningful Activities for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Social engagement and cognitive stimulation are essential for everyone, but especially so for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Activities that are stimulating and meaningful improve quality of life for residents in a memory care home, and they also help to slow the rate of cognitive decline. When you are creating meaningful activities for your loved one, consider his or her interests, former occupation, and skill level.

    Evaluate Interests
    Meaningful activities are much more than mere busy work; they are activities that your loved one can truly engage in and enjoy. It is critical to tailor the activity to your loved one’s interests. If your loved one enjoyed flowers, for example, he or she might like to work in a garden. If your loved one enjoyed arts and crafts, he or she may want to help you put together a scrapbook of treasured memories.

    Consider Occupations
    Another way to create meaningful activities is to consider your loved one’s former occupation. Meaningful activities for those with Alzheimer’s disease should give those individuals a sense of productivity and fulfillment. Connecting activities with former work duties can provide direction. For example, if your loved one was a veterinarian, he or she might like to take care of an animal. Individuals who were stay-at-home parents may find pleasure in baking and doing other household work.

    Assess Skill Level
    Consult your loved one’s Alzheimer’s caregivers about his or her level of skill. Customize meaningful activities to fit your loved one’s abilities. For example, if your loved one cannot physically work in a garden, perhaps he or she would like to arrange flowers in a vase instead. If your loved one cannot measure the ingredients for a favorite recipe, perhaps he or she could mix them in the bowl.

    The expert caregivers of Avalon Residential Care Homes implement advanced protocols in memory care, including a full schedule of social and recreational activities for cognitive stimulation and improved quality of life. Your loved one can enjoy baking, gardening, and many other activities in a safe, tranquil setting. If you would like to arrange a visit to our beautiful locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, you can call (214) 752-7050.

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