Offering Comfort and Care at Chelsea Place

March 3, 2015

Understanding Alzheimers and Dementia

Offering Comfort and Care at Chelsea Place

Memory loss, Alzheimer’s and dementia are terms used interchangeably by doctors, nurses, the media and even families and friends. But each of these disorders brings unique challenges, requirements for care and options for progress. Here at the Hillandale Family of Communities, we help families understand these differences and offer several levels of care that cater to the aging population.

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, which results in a loss of memory, thinking, language, and/or changes in behavior. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, but it represents about 60% of all dementias.

What is dementia?

Dementia describes a group of symptoms, ranging from memory loss to intellectual function. It is caused by permanent damage to the brain’s nerve cells. Both Alzheimer’s and dementia fall on a spectrum ranging from early stages of slight memory loss or confusion and can progress until sufferers no longer recognize family or lose motor function.

How do we know if memory loss is the sign of a larger problem?

Memory loss can be attributed to a variety of factors such as vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems and may not actually indicate Alzheimer’s or dementia. If you notice yourself or a loved one experiencing difficulty, it is vital that you reach out to your physician for evaluation because early detection of either disorder is critical. Early diagnosis gives health care professionals the opportunity to treat and possibly slow the progression of the disease while increasing the patient’s quality of life.

Do I really need to worry about Alzheimer’s or dementia?

According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) it is estimated that nearly 5.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The AFA also predicts that by 2050 more than 88.5 million people will have developed this disease. With those numbers climbing drastically, families need to know what services and options are available in their local communities.

Where can my family get help?

Here at the Hillandale Family of Communities, we offer several levels of care that cater to the aging population, including Chelsea Place- Memory Care Assisted Living located in West Chester.Chelsea Place apartments have been designed to provide residents the opportunity to maintain independence while receiving the necessary care for their specific Alzheimer’s or dementia needs. Our experienced memory care team provides residents with nursing administered medications, cueing and physical assistance with daily needs, showers, meals and more.

Some patients may begin to wander or have exit seeking behavior while others become afraid or confused of the outside world and hermit themselves away.Chelsea Placeis a secure environment that protects those who wander and yet encourages those who are fearful to embrace their intimate community. The use of ourMain Streetfacilities along with other specialized activities like our Opening Minds through Art program provides a thorough approach to stimulation and social interaction.

How can we learn more?

For more information aboutChelsea Placeor to schedule a tour of any of the Hillandale communities, please contact us at 513-748-2683. We look forward to helping you and your family each step of the way.

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