At Courtyard Manor we offer compassionate care in an assisted living environment. We work closely with residents who show signs of dementia, doing our utmost to make them feel at home.
When a decline in thinking skills is significant enough to impair everyday living, it’s referred to as dementia. Conditions within this category include Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia, and vascular dementia, which can occur after a stroke.
Symptoms include at least two of the following:
While dementia is more common in older members of the population, early onset signs can appear before age 65. There are ways to help prevent, delay, or minimize symptoms of dementia.
Exercising can improve mental wellbeing. Regular exercise has been shown to slow down cognitive decline in people who already exhibit symptoms. Some options include walking, swimming, aerobics, strength training, and yoga.
Eating a healthy diet with whole grains, vegetables, beans, and fish is beneficial. Studies point to green tea, ginger, berries, and broccoli as being especially helpful against dementia. Getting adequate rest is also important. Deep sleep helps with memory formation.
Other preventive measures include regular mental stimulation, such as reading, doing puzzles, and singing, along with social interaction. Reducing stress also goes a long way in maintaining good mental health.
A loved one with dementia may exhibit behavioral changes that seem uncharacteristic. The individual could become resistant to certain activities, foods, or routines.
As a caregiver, look for the cause of any changes in behavior. Is the person frightened or experiencing discomfort? Creating a non-threatening, familiar environment can help put the individual at ease. When questions arise in response to confusion about places, time frames, or other details, offer uncomplicated answers in a loving, respectful manner.
At Courtyard Manor, we accommodate all of our residents as if they were our family members. Our staff is trained to provide compassionate care, and our communities are designed with the resident’s comfort and security in mind.