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    Gift Ideas for Elderly Loved Ones with Dementia

    Last updated 7 days ago

    If your loved one is living with a condition that causes dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, choosing a gift can be a challenge. However, you should not let that make you miss an opportunity to make your loved one feel special. There are many different gifts that are ideal for a person with dementia and that show how much you care. Here are some ideas to help with your shopping.

    In the early stages of dementia, gifts that help your loved one remember things are helpful. Give items like sticky notes, erasable white boards, or pocket-sized notebooks. In these stages of dementia, your loved one may also appreciate an outing together or a collection of favorite movies. In middle- and late-stage dementia, look for gifts that stimulate the senses, like a lotion with a scent your loved one has always liked or a soft blanket. Comfortable clothing, favorite music, and framed family photos labeled with names can also be great gifts.

    Your support and the assisted living services provided by Avalon Memory Care can work together to make your loved one with Alzheimer’s feel secure. For information about our Alzheimer’s care in Dallas and Fort Worth, call (214) 752-7050.

    Helping Children Understand Dementia

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Coping with the changes that dementia from Alzheimer’s disease or another condition can cause in a loved one is difficult for many people. For children, it is especially confusing and overwhelming. Kids may struggle to understand why their beloved grandparent suddenly seems to be changing so drastically. As a parent, there are many things you can do to help your children come to terms with a grandparent’s dementia and foster a continued bond. Here are some strategies you can use.

    Give Straightforward Explanations
    Instead of trying to hide or downplay dementia to your children, answer their questions as clearly as possible. Explain as much as you can about how the brain works and how dementia affects memory and the body. When your children ask tough questions, resist the urge to hide the truth, as doing so will only deepen their confusion. Children may not always be able to grasp how dementia works and the ways it is impacting their grandparent, but continuing to be open about the condition will help lessen the confusion.

    Validate Their Feelings
    Sometimes, people with dementia act in ways they would not have in the past, including becoming angry and agitated with their grandchildren. If your parent with dementia says something that hurts your children’s feelings, let them know that it is OK to feel upset and angry. Also encourage your kids to share any feelings of loss and sadness. Keeping the lines of communication open can help your children come to terms with their changing relationship with their grandparent.

    Live in the Moment
    Explain to your children that, as dementia progresses, their grandparent may not remember the time they spend together, but that he or she will enjoy their visit in the moment. Remind your kids that their grandparent is still the same person they have always loved, and while their interactions may be different, dementia does not mean they have to stop spending time together.

    At Avalon Memory Care, our home-like environment is ideal for maintaining family bonds. Our Alzheimer’s care homes in Dallas-Fort Worth provide a range of services, including nutritious meals and social activities. To learn more about the Alzheimer’s care we can provide for your loved one, please call (214) 752-7050. 

    The Relationship between Sugar and Dementia

    Last updated 17 days ago

    There has long been an established link between high glucose levels in diabetics and dementia, but now, researchers are discovering even more about the relationship between sugar and memory loss. This video explains more.

    While studying the impacts of a high-sugar diet, researchers found that people without diabetes who ate a high-sugar diet had a higher risk of developing dementia than people who ate a low-sugar diet. The more sugar consumed, the greater the level of memory loss. These results indicate that there is an even stronger correlation between blood glucose and dementia than previously believed.

    At Avalon Memory Care, our locations offer a home-like environment that can help your loved one with dementia feel safe and comfortable. Learn more about our Alzheimer’s assisted living care in Dallas-Fort Worth by visiting our website or calling (214) 752-7050.

    A Guide to the Causes and Symptoms of Dementia

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Dementia is not a single condition but rather a group of conditions that cause mental decline severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the best-known type of dementia, and it is also the most common. However, there are several other types that have an impact on mostly older adults. Each type of dementia has unique symptoms and causes, but there are a few generalities that all dementias share. Here is what you need to know.

    Causes
    Generally speaking, dementia is caused by brain cell damage. The region of the brain in which the damage occurs determines the kind of dementia a person gets. For example, with Alzheimer’s disease, damage usually starts in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning and reasoning. For this reason, memory loss is one of the earliest warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The cause of the brain damage determines how treatable dementia is. In some cases, such as Alzheimer’s, doctors are not sure what causes changes in the brain. These types of dementia are usually untreatable and get progressively worse. In other cases, depression, medication side effects, thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, and alcohol use cause brain cell damage. If one of those known triggers is to blame, dementia may improve when that condition is addressed.

    Symptoms
    Different types of dementia have different symptoms. However, there is a set of criteria doctors use to diagnose dementia that are common in all types. To receive a diagnosis of dementia, a patient must be impaired in at least two of the following areas: visual perception, reasoning, memory, communication, and ability to focus. After meeting these criteria, doctors will consider other symptoms to diagnose a specific type of dementia.

    At Avalon Memory Care, our assisted living services are designed to support residents with all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Our home-like communities are comfortable and safe, so our residents and their families can feel confident in our care. Learn more about our assisted care services by calling (214) 752-7050.

    Touring the Accommodations at Avalon Memory Care

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Avalon Memory Care was designed with the ultimate comfort and safety of our residents in mind. From beautifully furnished rooms to gorgeous outdoor spaces, at Avalon Memory Care, you can rest assured that your loved one will feel like home in our assisted care communities.

    Families can provide bedroom furniture for their loved ones, to ensure optimum comfort. We offer both private and semi-private bedrooms. Our fully secured outdoor areas include a garden, covered decks, and sun-drenched seating areas. We provide daily housekeeping services and laundry. We also have magnetic door locks with keypad entry and exit .

    The best way to get to know Avalon Memory Care is to schedule a tour of one of our residences. You can learn more about our Alzheimer’s assisted living services in Dallas and Fort Worth and set up a visit by calling us at (214) 752-7050.




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