Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia. The disease destroys brain cells and symptoms can include confusion, anger, mood swings, language breakdown and long-term memory loss. Check out 10 Alzheimer's warning signs to get additional information.
Over 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's Disease. For more detailed info, read our article An Intro To Alzheimer's Disease.
Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease involves specialized services that differ from other types of senior housing. In many assisted living or nursing home facilities, the Alzheimer's care is delivered in separate areas. Generally, the residents live in semi-private apartments and have structured activities delivered by staff members trained in Alzheimer's and dementia care. Most of these living environments have secured areas to prevent wandering, a common symptom of the disease. Often, residents have access to outdoor walking paths or gardens which are within secured areas.
There are also stand alone memory care communities called Alzheimer's special care units or memory care units, intended to to better meet the specialized needs of residents with the disease. These memory care communities have been designed specifically for seniors suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia and often have features like a circular layout to ensure a resident won't encounter a 'dead-end' in a hallway (a potential source of stress for advanced cases of Alzheimer's).
What is the best type of care for a loved one with the disease? When making a decision, it is important to ask if there is specialized care offered for residents with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.