Back in 1983, President Ronald Regan declared November National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in the hopes of encouraging people from all walks of life to get involved and learn more about this debilitating condition. Senior citizens who are impacted by the disorientation that Alzheimer’s or dementia can create often have very specific needs in regards to the care they require. Senior living facilities with memory care services offer a level of care beyond that of traditional assisted living communities to minimize stress levels of people suffering from memory issues while keeping them safe and providing plenty of opportunities to interact with other residents in a setting that reduces confusion. Staff members within memory care units are specially trained and available around the clock to meet the unique needs of those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia or any other memory related condition.
What Makes National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Significant?
When President Regan first declared November National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, less than two million Americans were impacted by this devastating condition. Today, that number has jumped to over five million. Sadly, people who suffer from Alzheimer’s or any memory related condition may be unable to recognize their loved ones and often require nearly constant care with daily needs and to ensure their safety. As a result, the condition impacts far more than those who suffer from the condition alone. President Obama has expressed a desire to further scientific research projects to help irradiate and/or treat the disease and has released a statement in support of November remaining National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
How Can Memory Care Help My Loved One?
At The Overlook, we understand that people who are suffering from a memory related condition may no longer have the ability to remain oriented in their day to day lives. In addition to providing the housekeeping, meal preparation and laundry services that most of these individuals require, staff within our memory care unit are specially trained to work with those who need extra assistance remembering to complete daily tasks. While some residents may only require cueing to perform personal hygiene tasks or reminders that it is time to eat, for example, others have the tendency to wander and may easily become disoriented, even in a familiar environment. We strive to provide comfortable conditions that minimize stress levels of those with memory issues while still allowing them the personal freedom to enjoy their fellow residents and the outdoors in a safe setting. Activities and hobbies are encouraged with the help of our fully qualified staff members who remain available 24 hours a day to ensure the safety and comfort of all our memory care residents.
Memory Care at The Overlook
The Overlook Independent Living Community maintains a memory care unit within our community located in Charlton, Massachusetts on 450 stunning acres. Our memory care team is composed of registered nurses and resident care assistants who have extensive experience assisting those who suffer from memory related impairments. Within our purposely-planned environment, your loved one can safety and comfortably relax during their day to day activities. Contact us today to schedule a tour of the facility or to speak with one of our professionals to learn more about how we can help meet the needs of a loved one who suffers from memory loss.