Articles on the Topic of Dementia

Back to school, back to reality

 

As children go back to school, your full time role of caring for your loved one returns. Having the children home for the summer was such a big help with assisting with caring for your dear family member or friend. You find yourself appreciating even just a 10 minute run to the bank or store but now the demands of care, sleepless nights, stress, anxiety, and lack of balance are about to begin again as your help is goes back to school.

Most articles about caregiver burn out tell you to ask for help from others but what if there is no one else or if there are other family members, maybe they are to consumed with their own life to help out…. Believe it or not, your health is at risk too. If you allow your health to decline who will be there to care for your loved one?

Consider alternatives such as adult daycare, respite care, and a possible transition into assisted living for your loved one. Let me guess, you don’t think you can do that to your loved one? It’s such an emotional decision and what will people think or say? Your emotional feelings are similar to when you sent your own children off to school; relief, sadness, and concern. You are not alone and most people have the same emotions as you’re feeling right this very minute. Making the choice to move your loved one into assisted living even if just for respite care is a huge decision but know that you have options.

Take a few days to care for you too! Sutton Homes, like many other assisted living facilities offers respite care. Our homes are in upscale residential neighborhoods. Living in a home with familiar surroundings gives our residents a sense of peace and security that they might not have in other facilities. Your loved one can transition from “home to home” with ease. Click here to see a list of locations and virtual tours. We’re here to help you! Don’t wait for the next break from school for help. Contact us for your personal back to school break.

 

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Exercise and Health Benefit for those Living with Dementia

Our residents enjoy exercising in their secured landscaped yards. Chair aerobics has many health benefits including: improved mood, better sleep, maintenance of motor skills, and improved memory/behavior. For more information about Dementia and exercise, please read Dementia- activities and exercise.

The article offers several suggestions for those living with dementia on how to stay active. You will notice the article mentions the exact same activities Sutton Homes residents participate in for example, housework such as assisting with baking and folding laundry. Exercise activities does not have to be structured! Have fun, be creative, and stay active!

 

Sutton Homes Memory Care Residents enjoy the outdoors and stay active! Our Mt. Dora residents are participating in chair aerobics.

Sutton Homes Memory Care Residents enjoy the outdoors and stay active! Our Mt. Dora residents are participating in exercise.

Our resident made us feel right at home!

Today while touring one of our Central Florida assisted living homes, a resident stepped in and showed us around “her home.” It was nice to get feedback from her perspective about the yard, rooms, and meals Sutton Homes offers.  This kind resident guided us through the back yard and told us how she likes to sit outside and watch the birds. She then told us that her caregiver cooks the best meals…. Although she couldn’t remember what she ate for breakfast, she definitely knew that whatever it was, she enjoyed it!

The Sutton Homes concept is for those residents living with Alzheimer’s or dementia to reside in an actual home, in an upscale residential neighborhood, where they feel right at home…  Some of the benefits of residing in a small assisted living home versus a large facility is that we offer more of a personal touch and work closely with family members. Click here to view a side by side comparison of Sutton Homes to other providers.

Interested in visiting any of our Central Florida assisted living homes? Contact us today, we would love to have you over!

Scents Can Spark Memories

 

I recently gave a tour to a kind gentleman who was looking for an alternate assisted living facility for his mother. He told me that his mom has been living in her current ALF for the last 6 months and often gets lost within the building. He also mentioned that she forgets to eat and he is now forced to pay a monthly convenience fee so a caregiver can remind her when it is time to eat with the other residents in the large dining area.

Needless to say he was impressed with Sutton Homes’ all-inclusive rate with no extra charges for levels of care. Then he asked our caregiver, “Will you remind my mother when it is time for her to eat?” Our caregiver replied, “I probably won’t have to. The residents always smell our home cooked meals and participate with meal preparation.”

It never occurred to me that one does not smell cooked meals within a large facility thus, forgetting to eat. As stated on Caring.com, “Although someone with severe-stage dementia may seem beyond all interaction, you may be able to reach in and connect through smell.” This makes perfect sense… I know when I smell a home cooked meal or baked cookies I am in a happier mood.

Read the Caring.com article here:

Welcome to our newly updated website!

Sutton Homes is excited to announce the launch of our newly updated website, www.suttonhomes.com, to provide site visitors easy to find resources about our memory care homes and the most current and innovative information about Alzheimer’s disease/dementia. Some new features include links to our photo gallery, social media pages, and a side-by-side comparison of Sutton Homes to other providers.

Recognizing the Important Job of Family Caregivers

Sutton Homes Memory Care Celebrates National Family Caregiver Month. We recognize all the important care that family provides. Should caregivers need a break to attend to personal needs or take a vacation, Sutton Homes provides overnight respite care for their loved ones. Call to reserve a spot at
407-740-8815.

Read the article Care Comes Home on www.caregiveraction.org for more information about the importance and value of Family Caregivers.

The article begins:

Your loved one’s care does not always take place in hospitals, or nursing homes, or doctor offices, or medical clinics. Most care actually occurs in the home – and that’s a good thing. People are healthier at home and health care costs are reduced. Family caregivers have the best interests of their loved ones at heart. But caregiving at home can take its toll and it certainly takes a lot of planning. The Nation’s 90 million family caregivers are front and center in providing care every day …

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Nobel Research Could Bring Breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s Research

Nobel Prize for Medicine

Nobel Prize for Medicine

Intriguing new research may open the doors to understanding Alzheimer’s progression, hopefully leading the way to a cure. This according to an exciting article published on reuters.com entitled Nobel discovery opens window onto Alzheimer’s disease by Ben Hirschler.

The article begins:

The discovery of cells in the brain that act as the body’s internal global positioning system, which won three scientists the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday, opens an intriguing new window onto dementia…

That is the belief of British-American researcher John O’Keefe, winner of the 2014 prize alongside Norwegians May-Britt and Edvard Moser, who plans to take his research to the next level as director of a new brain institute in London.

“We’re now setting up to do much more high-tech studies where we hope to follow the progression of disease over time,” he told reporters…

Read the full article.

Could memory lapses be a sign of dementia?

A recently published article on CNN.com entitled Early memory lapses may be sign of dementia, by Jen Christensen, contains information about the latest research into dementia and some of its early risk factors. Highlights of the article include:

  • Research: People who feel they are forgetting more things may be more prone to dementia
  • Smokers who have memory complaints slide into more serious conditions earlier
  • Women who took hormone replacement therapy staved off dementia longer, study says

The article begins:

At least once a week a patient will come into Dr. Thomas Loepfe’s busy geriatric clinic in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, with a worry. She will tell him she’s been misplacing her glasses lately, or he’ll say he’s concerned about losing the car keys.

“Age is the biggest risk factor for forgetfulness, so this can be perfectly normal,” Loepfe said. As a geriatrician in the Mayo Clinic Health System, his patient population…

Read full article on CNN.com

How to Enjoy the Holidays When Dementia is Part of the Picture

According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2013 Facts and Figures report, there are over 5 million Americans living with dementia today. Most of them are being cared for at home by a family member.  Holidays are all about a change in routine but that is often challenging for the person with dementia.  The holidays can be bittersweet for caregivers. While it is normal to feel overwhelmed or frustrated, making a few modifications to the holiday festivities can make them more pleasant for everyone.

Some Survival Tips for Caregivers

  • Simplify your expectations and your traditions, Share this with other family members
  • Include your loved one in holiday activities that he/she is able to do – simple baking, crafts, gift wrapping, sorting cards etc…
  • Incorporate some art therapy into your routine , This can provide a new way to  connect with your loved one, giving him/her a creative outlet. Art therapy has been found to promote relaxation, improved mood, and decreased disruptive behavior
  • Keep decorations to a minimum – avoid blinking lights, lighted candles, or decorations that could be mistaken for something edible such as decorative fruit or candy
  • Host quiet, small, slow paced gatherings, provide your loved one a private place to rest if needed
  • Honor daily routines as much as possible, avoiding festivities during stressful times of day (late afternoon for example)
  • Celebrate in the most familiar setting to avoid changes in the environment
  • Adapt gift giving taking into account safety of your loved one. Ideas include an ID bracelet, comfortable clothing, a CD of some soothing music, a family photo album, a simple art activity
  • Consider your own needs and give yourself excellent self care – prioritize holiday commitments, simplify baking and gift giving, delegate to other family members, exercise and eat well
  • Arrange for a respite to give yourself a break for a few hours or a few days

Enjoy the Season!

Jennifer Trotter MA, LMFT, LMHC is a Community Liaison for Sutton Homes Memory Care Homes. With 9 homes located throughout Central Florida, Sutton Homes provides care for residents in a secure environment.

Vital Living Forum Highlights Young Onset Dementia

Orange TV’s program Vital Living Forum recently did an episode about early onset dementia. The program uses local families and local experts to take us on the journey from noticing symptoms of young onset dementia to how it is diagnosed, to coping with the diagnosis and to planning for the future. It gives a first hand look at how our neighbors cope with the diagnosis and where to find support. It gives excellent advice on estate planning and legal issues. There is a discussion about getting Social Security Disability and long term disability from an employer.

Although it only accounts 10% of all diagnosed dementia cases, young onset dementia is difficult to diagnose and the challenges can be significantly different for those under 65 than those over 65. Employment, children, family dynamics and financial considerations are all issues that are very different for people with young onset dementia. The program addresses all of these topics.

Earlier this year we published an article about young onset dementia, or Frontotemporal Dementia titled ” Misunderstood and often misdiagnosed, Frontotemporal Dementia is very different than other forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s “ . The article underscores how difficult it is to diagnose and treat the disease.

For more information on young onset dementia contact Sutton Homes.

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