The memories we make with our family and friends are the ones that simply cannot be replaced. From birthdays, thrilling vacations, to milestone graduations, these moments make up the patch quilt of our lives. So when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it can feel as though the stitching becomes unwound. Understandably, a diagnosis of dementia impacts not only the individual but also those who are a part of that special quilt.
Do you have questions about dementia?
Are you interested in finding innovative care and therapy options?
Do you want to learn more about a memory care community that can help to provide such options?
Dementia is a term used to describe an individual’s decline in memory or his or her ability to think, which affects their ability to adequately perform everyday activities.One of the most common types of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for approximately 60 to 80 percent of all cases. The second most common type of dementia is vascular dementia – one that occurs after a stroke. However, there are several other conditions that may cause symptoms of dementia.
Since dementia is progressive, its symptoms worsen over time. Although there is currently no cure, we are able to improve the quality of life for those with dementia and their loved ones. We love and care for your family as we do our own.
Though it may seem odd, the lowest dementia stage on the scale is normal mental functioning, or no cognitive impairment. There are no signs or symptoms of dementia, memory loss, behavioral problems or other changes associated with the onset of dementia.
Where the heck did I put my keys? What was that person’s name? According to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, at least half of the over-65 population reports some minor age-related forgetfulness. Caregivers or medical providers may not even notice such mild impairment, and it is not considered to be actual dementia, though it is part of the scale of dementia stages and may precede more noticeable cognitive decline.
When memory and cognitive problems become more regular, as well as noticeable to caregivers and loved ones, a person is said to be suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Since mild cognitive decline can herald more severe stages of dementia in the future, it is important to recognize the signs of this stage in order to alleviate stress in the person, as well as initiate a medical course of action in the event that the dementia is treatable. Though MCI does not generally have a major impact on day-to-day functioning, some common signs include:
At this point, a person has clearly visible signs of mental impairment that point to early-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to worsening of the symptoms discussed above, caregivers should stay alert for signs of:
Beginning at stage 5 and continuing into the later stages of dementia, a person may no longer be able to carry out normal day-to-day activities such as dressing or bathing without some caregiver assistance. Also, stage 5 marks the onset of what many professionals refer to as mid-stage dementia. Other symptoms that manifest during this stage include:
Stage 6 is also known as middle dementia or moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease, depending on the diagnosis. This dementia stage is characterized by a need for caregiver help to perform even basic daily activities, such as dressing, eating, using the toilet and other self-care. Further symptoms may include sleep difficulties, incontinence, personality changes including paranoia or delusions, anxiety, pronounced memory loss and inability to recognize loved ones.
In severe Alzheimer’s disease or late-stage dementia, a person is essentially unable to care for themselves, and suffers from both communication and motor impairment. They may lose the ability to speak, walk or smile without help.
Whether your loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-causing illness, familiarizing yourself with the seven clinically recognized stages of dementia can help you arrange for the care they need, when they need it.
At Kensington Park, we care deeply about the health, happiness, and safety of your loved one. In fact, we love and care for your family as we do our own. Though we recognize the challenges and concerns that may arise surrounding a diagnosis of dementia, we work alongside you to provide support in a manner that is customized to your loved one’s individual case.
With a state-of-the-art memory care program and an adequate staff-to-resident ratio based upon resident needs, we provide manageable, comfortable, and compassionate care for your loved one by utilizing the following:
We believe that each resident is incredibly valuable and important – regardless of the severity of his or her memory loss. That’s why we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all mentality. Instead, we cater unique efforts to each individual. We support our residents’ strengths.
We believe in discovering different ways to find the beauty in each moment. We provide individual services that aid us in creating an environment in which we can achieve that:
Kensington Park is a unique memory care community that utilizes top-notch therapies to create customized, individual service plans to help each resident achieve his or her personal needs and desired lifestyle. Not only do we take into account the physical aspects of each individual’s health, but we also strive to care for their cognitive and spiritual health equally. We provide the following services to help enrich the lives of your loved one:
Every individual is unique and different. That’s why we believe that each resident deserves to live in a welcoming community that is best for them and their individual degree of memory loss. To ensure that our residents receive the best care most appropriate for their individual circumstances, we distinguish our community into two different “neighborhoods.”
An intimate and comfortable environment, Connections is designed for residents who are experiencing early-to-middle stages of dementia. As such, the neighborhood is made to care for those who are showing steadily increasing signs of memory loss.
In Connections, we work diligently to help residents be independently engaged in their interactions and socialization, guiding them to find purpose and meaning each and every day. We stay attuned to our residents’ maximum cognitive abilities and recall in order to build upon their current strengths and abilities, supporting them and their families.
Designed for those residents who are showing more advanced signs of memory loss, Haven provides peace and security for those with middle-to-late stages of dementia.
Since these individuals require more assistance and an increased level of care, we strive to create a safe and soothing space with minimal agitation and an abundance of compassion.
Looking at life differently isn’t always easy, but it can always be beautiful. This is a journey that you and your family do not have to go through alone. Although dementia may deeply impact our lives, it doesn’t have to be allowed to take away our happiness.
At Kensington Park we are committed to helping you and your family care for your loved one, so that you can spend more time with them, enjoying the happy moments. We encourage family and friends to come and visit your loved one as often as possible, though you can rest assured knowing that when you are not here, your loved one is in compassionate, capable, and expert hands.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia and is experiencing memory loss – no matter what stage – Kensington Park is here to help make a positive difference.
Become a Dementia Friend today! Kensington Park is proud to be involved in the Dementia Friendly America initiative.
Montgomery County, Maryland is an exceptional place for dementia awareness and expertise in thanks to a partnership with Dementia Friendly America, a nationwide network of communities that provides resources and support for people living with dementia as well as their caregivers. In 2015, Montgomery County joined the movement and officially became “Dementia Friendly.” Since then, the government, local businesses, and individual advocates have worked in unison to educate themselves and the public on the ins and outs of what it means to be age friendly. For example, the police department now trains all its officers extensively on best practices in dementia care—an initiative so successful it has become a national case study! We are so proud to be embedded in a county that is leading the way in dementia awareness. Truly, no community can thrive unless all its members are thriving!
Kensington Park’s staff, family and friends are already certified Dementia Friends. You can become one too!
Please help us make this campus and our county a more inclusive one. We ask that you Become a Dementia Friend today. The certification takes less than 10 minutes:
Visit the Become a Dementia Friend webpage.
Step 1: Watch the Overview Video. Then confirm that you have watched the video in its entirety by checking the box and select “next.”
Step 2: Watch the first video short: “In Your Community.” Then, confirm that you have watched the video in its entirety by checking the box, scroll all the way down to the bottom and select “next.”
Step 3: Fill in your information and select “I am a Dementia Friend” to make it official.
Step 4: Request a certificate (it will be emailed to you).
Thank you for participating!
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