Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia which primarily affects the parts of the brain that control memory, resulting in progressive and permanent neurological damage. According to the CDC, the disease currently affects more than 5 million Americans today. While research continues to bring us closer to effective Alzheimer’s treatments, there are additional steps that those affected, their families and caregivers can take to help fight this condition now.
- Physical exercise: Engaging in a healthy amount of physical activity has significant health benefits for the brain, as well as the heart, vascular system and body’s physical strength. Studies have shown that exercise can stimulate the brain’s ability to maintain older neural networks and stimulate new connections. It’s recommended that people over 65 years of age do 40 minutes a day of aerobic or non-aerobic exercise to experience the full physical and mental benefits.
- Mental exercise: A healthy body is important, but so is an active mind. Just like a muscle, the brain needs to be regularly challenged in order to maintain a healthy level of cognitive function. Stimulation is also vital to maintaining cognitive pathways and building new connections. Some of the best forms of mental stimulation include reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing games, social interaction and social activities such as going to museums or community events.
- Diet: Research has shown that certain foods can help keep the brain healthy, while others can be harmful to cognitive health. A diet rich in lots of fruit, fish oil, legumes, vegetables (especially broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables) and whole grains is recommended. Foods such as saturated fats and refined carbohydrates (like white sugar) should be avoided, as studies indicate these foods may assist cognitive decline, especially in the areas of the brain focused on learning and memory.
- Early diagnosis: Knowing the signs of early onset Alzheimer’s is key to working on mental and physical health. As well as having access to professional and medical assistance will help ensure your loved one is kept comfortable, healthy and independent for as long as possible. An early diagnosis will allow caregivers to start implementing the best measures available.
Memory care and support services at Lester Senior Living
Housed in our assisted living wing, the memory care suites at Lester are specially designed to support individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. By focusing on customized care plans and activities within our comfortable, apartment-style communities, we maximize your loved one’s dignity, safety and quality of life.
To find out more about our memory care services for Alzheimer’s residents in NJ, contact Lester Senior Living today or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/
Each person with dementia will experience its symptoms and progression differently, so it’s important to customize care to the individual person. Patience, flexibility and the support of family and friends will help you tackle the challenges ahead for your loved one. However, it also doesn’t hurt to consider a professional program for memory care like the one offered at Lester Senior Living in Morris County. There are many reasons to consider professional memory care, and in this article, our team at Lester will highlight the major reasons and address any concerns you may have for your senior loved one.
Why Choose Lester for Memory Care in Whippany, NJ?
- Specialized caregivers are onsite 24/7. All of our caregivers are extensively trained in the latest science and research-based practices in memory care. Their core goal is to make a positive difference for each memory care resident through cognitive exercises, safe socialization with other residents and assistance with daily tasks like getting dressed.
- Advanced safety measures in place. In Lester Senior Living’s Memory Care Suite there are security personnel onsite and 24-hour alert fobs to enforce the safety of memory care residents at all times.
- Dementia-friendly floor plans for each unit. All memory apartments are open floor plans, specifically designed to promote the safety of residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This means that memory care apartments include enhanced safety measures like grab bars and emergency call buttons and omit features that could cause harm like a stove or clothing iron.
- Memory care is tailored to the individual. As mentioned above, we can easily help residents with daily tasks like bathing, cleaning, dressing, managing medications and going to the restroom, to name a few. The level of care provided is dependent on our thorough evaluation of each memory care resident.
- Many opportunities for safe socialization. It is so important for everyone to socialize, especially our seniors! At Lester Senior Living, this goes for our memory care residents as well. We have multiple options to socialize safely in our communal areas, such as the lounge, dining area, computer center, library, outdoor patio and more, with the supervision of our reliable caregivers.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support in Morris County, NJ
At Lester Senior Living in Morris County, our approach is memory care changes with each resident in our care. During the initial evaluation, our caregivers really take the time to get to know your loved one, their wants and needs, and then determine the level of care necessary. By providing meaningful experiences and the necessary support in our Memory Care Suite, your senior loved one with dementia can restore and maintain what matters most – their dignity.
For more information about Alzheimer’s and dementia care in NJ, please call us today or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/alzheimers-care-morris-county-nj/