For frontline caregivers of persons with memory loss, each day is a new journey. They may travel back in time while they listen to a story and a fond memory, help an individual to engage in creative activities that stimulate their mind and body, or use communications to work through a frustrating moment, as they struggle to remain in the here and now. Caregivers give the best of their hearts, spirits and skills to serve individuals with memory loss, and help to ensure they have the best possible quality of life every day. Often times, what seem like subtle actions, like validating a person’s feelings, are actually powerful techniques that support a person-centered approach and help to preserve dignity for the individual.
In my most recent Huffington Post article
, I describe five keys to caring for those with memory care, which may help produce great outcomes. These are skills and techniques that I observe time and again by dedicated frontline caregivers at Sunrise who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life of individuals with memory loss. And, these are techniques any caregiver or loved one of those with memory loss may try to improve their bond.
Additionally, the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada recently advocated for a culture shift toward person-centered care
for individuals with dementia, and developed guidelines
for care to “ensure that people with dementia are engaged in meaningful relationships, based on equality, understanding, sharing, participation, collaboration, dignity, trust and respect.” This respectful and inclusive approach can be found in Sunrise communities
with frontline caregivers who make a positive difference each and every day.
Residents of senior living who have recently received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia may experience a number of complicated emotions and find themselves with many questions about their condition.
When the clocks spring forward for Daylight Savings Time at 2 a.m. March 9, many people will lament "losing" an hour to the annual event. Residents of senior living who miss out on a full night's sleep on a regular basis, however, may be experiencing the symptoms of a more serious underlying cause, such as cognitive decline.
It's probably no surprise that choosing independent living can be risky for people as they age, and that danger only increases when they experience cognitive concerns. New research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine emphasizes this and points to safety issues to which people with dementia may be particularly prone.
In 2011, the National Alzheimer's Project Act became law, drawing attention at a national level to the importance of investing in research and development for the disease. Since then, scientists have worked to create a genome mapping system known as the Alzheimer's Disease Sequencing Project.