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
Category: Alzheimer’s Care
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
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
Isabella’s father-in-law, who lives in Mission Hills, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago. When she comes to Kansas City to visit, she finds herself at a loss when visiting with him over holidays. She doesn’t want to say the wrong thing, or agitate him in any way. Instead, she finds herself avoiding him so as not to make things worse, but at the end of the day, she doesn’t feel great about that either.Continue reading
Encouraging news for the future of Alzheimer’s research: doctors are ever closer to detecting the markers that indicate Alzheimer’s disease by using a simple blood test. Soon, blood tests could signal indicators of the disease years before symptoms arise, giving individuals who test positively for the disease time to take preventative measures and plan for the progression of the disease.Continue reading
Brain Exercises for Memory Care
For families with a loved one who has memory loss in Kansas City and Overland Park, staying sharp is a priority. Research shows that challenging the brain can slow memory loss and strengthen neurological connections. What do we at Thoughtful Care recommend for brain health?Continue reading
It was the end of a lovely day. Dorothy and her husband Herb had enjoyed a nice evening in Kansas City with their children and grandchildren. But as soon as they got to their home in Overland Park and walked into the dark kitchen, Dorothy clutched at Herb’s arm and asked how long they would be in this strange place. Herb had seen this happen before—especially in the evening when the shadows were long and the sun was setting. He brought Dorothy to her favorite chair and put on the radio, tuning into Dorothy’s favorite program. He walked through the house and turned on the lights, so that there were not so many dark shadows, and he sat next to her and assured her she was at home and everything was alright.Continue reading