Family dynamics are real. People tend to fall into roles within the family structure in order to meet the demands of a life. There are leaders, breadwinners, decision-makers, hearth-keepers, those who create order, those who keep the peace, the family clown, and dreamers. Whatever the roles may be, things get turned upside down when symptoms of dementia begin to manifest. Suddenly the decision-maker forgets the banker’s name, or the caregiver can’t recall a family member’s birthday.Continue reading
After Diane lost her husband Bill*, she knew that the time had come to make decisions about her future. Luckily, she and Bill had a ranch style home, so she didn’t have to worry about climbing stairs or keeping an upstairs suite clean. But Diane had recently received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and her kids were encouraging her to begin looking into memory care nursing homes.Continue reading
We’re going to take care of some business today. In this post, we’re going to bust some myths about in-home dementia care in Kansas City, Mission Hills, Leawood, Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City, Lenexa, Shawnee, Olathe, and Johnson County. Why? Because Thoughtful Care believes your loved one deserves the best memory care available.Continue reading
Routine and consistency are very important to people with dementia. In Kansas City, Johnson County, Mission Hills, Overland Park, Leawood, Lee’s Summit, and North Kansas City, caregivers and family members serve themselves well when they become aware of what can trigger bouts of anxiety or a behavioral change in a person with memory loss.Continue reading
We all know what a bucket list is– that prized list of must-do activities and events people strive to achieve. At Thoughtful Care, leader of in-home memory care in Kansas City, we like to behave as though everyone should be able to experience their heart’s desires– especially people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Here’s a list of our favorite bucket-list items for people with memory loss in Kansas City, Johnson County, Mission Hills, Overland Park, Leawood, Lee’s Summit, and North Kansas City.
- Opt for opulence. See a show at the Arvest Midland theatre. The theatre, boasting 500,000 feet of gold leaf decor, was opened in 1927. Big band music and holiday events can be found here. A loved one with dementia can savor the rich colors and surroundings, while enjoying a music or theatrical show. Ask for special seating and discounts for seniors.
- Visit the National World War I museum. This top notch national museum is an interactive experience for all visitors. People with dementia can participate in a tour of the sights and sounds of the old country, and may swell up with pride while bearing witness to the bravery of our American servicemen and women. Senior discounts are available, as well as programming for those with visual or hearing impairments.
- Visit Union Station. Established in 1914, the Union Station has a lot to offer seniors and people with memory loss. Traveling historical exhibits are exciting attractions, as are the holiday events in the 850,000 square foot building. Top it off with an appetizer, drink or a desert at Pierpont’s , which features a reduced-price Happy Hour daily.
When winter weather closes in on Kansas City, Overland Park and Leawood, it’s tempting to forgo exercise and fitness. People with Alzheimer’s disease and seniors with memory loss are at particular risk of becoming sedentary because their condition may prohibit driving, or otherwise keep them housebound.Continue reading
Dementia and memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s or aging can leave seniors vulnerable to health and safety issues in the home. Dementia and Alzheimer’s can also serve as a beacon for unscrupulous individuals who want to take advantage of someone who has trouble remembering day-to-day details, like personal finances, or estate plans.Continue reading
Safety for seniors means safety in the home, as well as outside of the home. Safety for someone with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, means keeping the environment and surroundings as predictable as possible. Falls can be prevented by foreseeing the possible hazards and conditions that could be a precursor to a trip to the hospital.Continue reading