Did you know that according to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are around 6.5 million Americans aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2022? Seventy-three percent are 75 or older. That number is only going to increase as the population continues to age. Looking at California Alzheimer’s statistics, the state is projected to have 840,000 seniors living with Alzheimer’s by 2025.
Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. Dementia is a general term for memory impairment and impaired cognitive abilities. It can cause a decline in a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks.
What Are the Signs of Alzheimer’s?
Early signs can include:
- Memory problems, especially forgetting recently-learned information
- Difficulty planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or leisure
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps to find them again
- Poor judgment or decision making
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
If you have noticed any of the changes listed above in yourself or a loved one, it’s important to see a doctor. There are many causes of dementia, and some can be treated. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can only be made by a physician.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease which means that the symptoms will gradually get worse over time. No one test can diagnose Alzheimer’s. Doctors look at the person’s medical history, physical exam, and lab tests to rule out other conditions that could be causing the symptoms. They also do a cognitive assessment which measures thinking, memory, and language skills.
Find help for dementia care
If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, it can be overwhelming. You are not alone. The team at Elk Grove Park in Elk Grove, CA understands what you are going through and can provide support for both you and your loved one. We offer a variety of services in our Connections memory care program, including:
- An evidence-based approach to memory care, developed by memory care expert, Dr. Sandra Petersen
- A program that incorporates neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to adapt and change with new information
- Soothing environments, sensory-stimulating activities, word games, aromatherapy, book clubs, and more
- Movement and exercise to connect the mind and body
- Brain-healthy meals
- Socialization and support from specially-trained team members
Elk Grove memory care
Many Elk Grove senior homes may offer memory care, but not all are evidence-based or developed by a physician. Connections is different. It stands out because it was designed based on expertise in the effective treatment of dementia.
There are treatments available that can help manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment as each person experiences the disease differently. The team at Elk Grove Park in Elk Grove, CA specializes in supporting seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Unlike other Elk Grove senior homes, we create an individualized care plan for each resident to make sure their needs are being met. We also support families who need help caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Check our blog offering some tips from Dr. Sandra Petersen on how to communicate with and help your loved one with dementia.
We’re here to support you and your family
California Alzheimer’s statistics suggest that more seniors will need dementia care in the coming years. It’s important to identify resources that can help. The team at Elk Grove Park in Elk Grove, CA understands how difficult it can be for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to maintain their independence. We are here to help seniors feel valued and supported regardless of their diagnosis. Our goal is to help them live the best life possible. If you have any questions about our program or would like to schedule a tour, please contact us. We’re here to help.
Elk Grove Park provides support for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia in California by offering a variety of services in their Connections memory care program. These services include an evidence-based approach to memory care, developed by memory care expert, Dr. Sandra Petersen, which incorporates neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to adapt and change to new information.
Elk Grove Park also offers movement and exercise to connect the mind and body, brain-healthy meals, socialization and support from specially-trained team members, and more. If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia in California, Elk Grove Park can help.
Let us be your Connection to excellent care.
Contact us today to learn more. Take a tour of our memory care community and learn more about how Connections is different from other Elk Grove senior homes.