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    Alzheimer's and Dementia

    Last updated 1 day 19 hours ago

    There are different types of dementia, a condition that is caused by impairment of brain function. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, and occurs when plaques and tangles form in the brain. These abnormalities disrupt the communication of the brain, leading to symptoms such as memory loss, executive planning impairment, communication difficulties, and even personality changes.

    You can hear more about Alzheimer’s disease by watching this video. The expert in the clip also discusses some of the other types of dementia, including Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia, and frontal temporal dementia.

    Avalon Memory Care provides compassionate Alzheimer’s and dementia care in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. Please let us know how we can help your family by calling us at (214) 752-7050.

    Healthy Eating for Seniors with Alzheimer's Disease

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Healthy eating can be a challenge for all seniors, but for those with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be particularly problematic. Everything from becoming overwhelmed by food choices to forgetting to eat can lead to malnutrition for those with Alzheimer’s, which in turn can exacerbate symptoms. Here are some ways to make healthy eating a little easier for those living with Alzheimer’s disease.

    Serve Balanced Meals
    It is normal for seniors to experience loss of appetite, but it can be even more pronounced in people with Alzheimer’s disease. That is why it is so important to make every calorie count. Serve meals that contain protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and that are low in salt, saturated fats, salt, and refined sugars. Be sure to boost hydration by offering plenty of water throughout the day.

    Simplify Mealtimes
    With middle- and late-stage Alzheimer’s, mealtimes can be overwhelming. You can overcome this by simplifying how you serve meals. Instead of plating all of the food at once, serve items one at a time, such as serving chicken followed by a potato. Resist decorating the table with flowers or other items than can be distracting, and counteract visual and spatial difficulties by using plates in colors than contrast with the table. Only provide the utensils needed for the meal you are serving to avoid confusion and allow plenty of time for the meal to be finished.

    Address Eating Challenges
    Clear any obstacles that interfere with a person with Alzheimer’s ability to eat. For instance, get poor-fitting dentures replaced and talk to the person’s doctor about changing medications that interfere with appetite. Sometimes, helping a person with Alzheimer’s get more physical activity can also help encourage healthy eating.

    At Avalon Memory Care, our mealtimes are designed with our residents with Alzheimer’s disease in mind. It is just one more way our assisted living locations in Dallas and Fort Worth create a home-like environment for your loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s. Find out more about the care we provide by calling (214) 752-7050.

    Gift Ideas for Elderly Loved Ones with Dementia

    Last updated 25 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 1 month 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 1 month 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.


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