Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a brain disorder that slowly but progressively destroys memory and thinking skills. Alzheimer’s specifically affects the part of the brain involved with memory and learning. Dementia, which is an illness that causes a loss of intellectual abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life activities, is often used as a general term for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.Continue reading
Category: Memory Care
How can you better understand a disease that is devastating for the patient and family, but also affects you?
People diagnosed with dementia are often abandoned by their families. In order to learn more about this degenerative disease, these 5 books will offer a varied approach.Continue reading
It’s common for someone who is living with dementia to deny they are experiencing any cognitive issues. It may be frustrating for you and your family, but it’s important not to become flustered. If a loved one is continuing to deny that they have dementia, or they are refusing to go into care, it’s important to help in the right ways. How can you help a dementia patient who is refusing to go into care?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
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
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
Because dementia progresses at varying rates, every day can be different. But having a daily routine can ease anxiety in the loved one with dementia, helping to keep things calm in the long term.
In Kansas City, Leawood, Johnson County and Lenexa, the experts at Thoughtful Care help create routines tailored to our loved one’s needs.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
Being in a relationship with a loved one who has received a diagnosis of dementia requires that the caregiver be on guard all of the time. What if he forgets to turn off the stove? Has she’s taken her medicine? Is he really safe driving to the store? What if he gets lost?Continue reading