There are many types of dementia, with different symptoms and behaviors, including Alzheimer’s. Because there are varied types of dementia, many times it is often misdiagnosed as a physiological issue. We understand and we are here to help. Each form of dementia – and each person – will show different personality and physical attributes. At Avalon Memory Care, we are focused on helping each person in our care based on their specific behaviors and who they are as a person, not their diagnosis. We get to know each person on a one-on-one basis, because each person is different. While medicine can help in some cases, we don’t rely on it at Avalon. Instead we work with each person finding ways to help them feel safe. In Addition to Alzheimer’s, Types of Dementia Common at Avalon Memory Care: Vascular Dementia – typically caused by stroke, coronary artery disease, or any number of conditions which narrow the blood vessels, depriving the brain of nutrients. Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) – this type of dementia is more known after the widow of Robin Williams shared he had been diagnosed with the disease. DLB is characterized by abnormal protein deposits called Lewy Bodies appearing in nerve cells on the brain stem, disrupting the brain’s functioning. Mixed Dementia – caused by multiple medical conditions, including individuals already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Parkinson’s Disease – a progressive disease that may or may not lead to dementia. If it does, it will likely be dementia as a result of Lewy Bodies. Frontotemporal Dementia – Pick’s Disease is the most common form of Frontotemporal Dementia and is rare. This form of dementia affects an individual’s personalities first and later begins to impact memory. Our [...]
Avalon offers a unique experience for each member of our community. Each resident has the opportunity to participate in fun and varied social and recreational programing. Residents enjoy exercise, gardening, baking, games, and other organized events on a regular basis. Robust activities help maintain communication skills, increase self-worth and enhance or maintain overall health. These opportunities are just one way we keep our residents engaged and participating in life. Our communities are designed for all individuals with memory issues and offer private apartments that can be decorated with your furniture and personal touches. By providing a welcoming, fun, engaging environment we ensure it feels like home. Avalon offers memory care for individuals who have dementia, suffered a stroke, Alzheimer’s and many other types of memory concerns. For information on Avalon and how we can help or to get your questions answered please, call us today at (214) 752-7050.
It’s important to know the facts about Alzheimer’s because it is a progressive disease — meaning it worsens over time. Knowing the signs, and being able to tell fact from fiction, can provide clues to help you or your loved one get the support you need sooner. Here are some common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Myth: Memory loss is just a part of aging for everyone. Fact: While it’s true some short-term memory function declines as we age, Alzheimer's is more than occasional memory loss. When someone has Alzheimer’s, their brain cells malfunction and eventually die. When this happens, the person may forget the names of friends and family members or even how to get home. Myth: Alzheimer’s and dementia are pretty much the same thing. Fact: While Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, not all dementia is Alzheimer’s. Only a doctor may be able to tell the difference. Sometimes similar problems are caused by medication, vitamin deficiencies, other types of dementia or related conditions, and some can be reversed with treatment. Myth: There are treatments to prevent the progression of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Fact: There is currently no treatment to cure, delay or stop the progression of these diseases. But there are medications for memory loss, and other treatments that can be helpful in managing cognitive and behavioral symptoms. Researchers continue to look for treatments to improve quality of life for individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Myth: Only elderly people can get Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Fact: Younger- or early-onset Alzheimer's can strike people as young as 30 years old. It is estimated 200,000 of the over 5 million people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are under 65 years old. Myth: Alzheimer’s can be caused by aluminum cans or [...]
Medication safety is a major issue for seniors and for those receiving Alzheimer’s care, it looms even larger. Memory loss can make medication management nearly impossible, which in turn can lead to serious consequences. These strategies can help all seniors and their families with medication management, especially those who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Create a Medication Routine Working with doctors and pharmacists, you should find out how each individual medication should be taken, and then create a routine for taking the medicines at the appropriate times. For instance, some medications should be taken with food in the morning, and the routine could be to take those pills after breakfast. To maintain the routine and ensure that no doses get skipped or taken twice, use a pill organizer. If you have a loved one that is transitioning to a memory care home, discuss the routine with the staff there so that it can be maintained. Practice Safe Storage Leaving medications out and readily available can be dangerous for someone living with dementia, who may not remember if he or she has already taken the pills or may not know how many to take. Keep medications stored in locked cabinets so that only the pills necessary for that day are available. This will reduce the risk of overdoses. Periodically check the supply of medications and discard any expired pills or medicines that your loved one no longer needs. Consider How the Medicine is Taken For people with Alzheimer’s disease, swallowing can become difficult. If your loved one is struggling to take his or her medicine, talk to the doctor or pharmacist about using a different form, such as a liquid, or [...]
Families often find that celebrations with their loved ones in memory care are easier when they embrace new traditions. For instance, it may not be practical to expect your loved one to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve. Instead, consider throwing a New Year’s Day celebration, complete with a countdown to the first noon of the year. Bring the festivities to your loved one’s assisted living home, with an array of holiday foods and beverages. Give every resident a party hat and party horn. Toast to the New Year with champagne glasses of milk or sparkling juice instead of alcohol. You could even show a pre-recorded New Year’s Eve countdown on the TV. Other possible activities include writing lists of New Year’s resolutions and doing simple craft projects. Families are always welcome to visit their loved ones at Avalon Memory Care, a home-like dementia care location in Dallas, Arlington, and Houston. Questions about our Alzheimer’s care services may be directed to a friendly staff member at (214) 752-7050.
As a loving son or daughter, you naturally want the best of care for your senior parent. The compassionate assisted living caregivers at Avalon Memory Care want you to know that while your parent is living with us, he or she will receive nothing less than respectful, loving care within our comfortable, safe, and fully-staffed homes. We invite you to take your time while visiting your loved one here, and please do let us know if you have any questions about your parent’s memory care. Visiting Your Parent Our locations have warm visitation areas for families and a beautiful sitting area, with plenty of natural light for enjoying some board games, puzzles, or crafts with your parent. If the weather permits, you and your parent might also like to relax on the covered decks, or take a stroll around our gorgeous garden areas. Many families prefer to visit during the morning or early afternoon hours, as some of our residents with Alzheimer’s experience sundowning symptoms later in the evening. Sharing a Meal Family members are always welcome to share a meal with their loved ones in our comfortable dining room. Our chef-prepared meals are as delicious as they are nutritious. You and your parent can enjoy a pleasant conversation while dining on fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and fish, poultry, or lean meats. Bringing Additional Visitors During the holiday season, families often wish to visit their loved ones in groups. We have found that individuals receiving Alzheimer’s support services tend to become overwhelmed easily when overstimulated. It may be wise to limit the number of visitors to two or three at any given time. Bringing Personal Items Please do feel free to bring personal [...]
By the time a person gets to the point at which dementia care is typically required, he or she has spent years taking care of the family and community. At Avalon Memory Care, we firmly believe in giving back to the previous generation. Seniors with dementia deserve more than the usual, institutional setting of nursing homes—they deserve a home-like environment that cultivates close-knit communities. Our memory care locations accomplish this by housing our residents in cozy homes with common areas that mimic the look and design of living areas in any other home. Our residents get to know each other and their 24/7 caregivers closely, enabling a companionable, family-like community to develop naturally. When they need some space to themselves, our residents will find the comfort and privacy they deserve in their own spacious rooms, which they can furnish and decorate any way they wish. Our Alzheimer’s caregivers in Dallas, Houston and Arlington are exceptionally warm, compassionate individuals who look forward to meeting your family. Call Avalon Memory Care at (214) 752-7050 to request information about our approach to Alzheimer’s support.
If you have a loved one who needs memory care for Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, his or her environment can have a significant impact on his or her overall well-being. Maintaining a positive environment is soothing and helps people receiving memory care learn new ways to navigate their worlds. Here is a closer look at the value of positive environments and how you can help your loved one feel at peace. What impact does the environment have on seniors with memory issues? When a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, a once-familiar environment can suddenly seem foreign. People and places become unfamiliar, which can be scary and confusing. When that environment is overloaded with loud noises, yelling, frustration and chaos, it can be even more alarming. A person who feels disoriented and unsure of his or her surroundings will become agitated and fearful. This fear and agitation can lead to dangerous behaviors. For instance, someone with Alzheimer’s disease may wander if he or she feels unsafe, or he or she may become physically aggressive in response to perceived threats. A chaotic environment also increases depression and anxiety. What makes an environment positive for someone in memory care? Memory care homes that are positive look like inviting homes instead of cold facilities. They typically have small groups of residents and maintain a daily schedule of meals, activities and bed. They welcome families for visits, and they involve residents in the running of the home. Medication management, bedside care, and other services are provided with patients and compassion. The more closely a memory care home mirrors a typical home, the more comfortable residents will feel. At Avalon Memory Care, we pride [...]
The Sandwich Generation is the term used for people who are both caring for children and at least one elderly relative. The demands of providing this kind of continuous care for loved ones can lead to anxiety, depression, and physical health problems, so having a support system and other resources, such as help with Alzheimer’s care, is essential. Watch this video to learn more about the pressures faced by those in the Sandwich Generation. For the caregivers who find themselves in this position, relying on the resources that are available through assisted living and other care services is an important step in managing the demands. At Avalon Memory Care, our memory care homes in Dallas, Houston and Arlington provide the kind of support family caregivers need when a loved one requires bedside assistance, medication management, and other types of ongoing care. To find out how our assisted living center can help your family, please call (214) 752-7050.
Memory care is a specialized form of Alzheimer’s support. As you will learn when you watch this featured video, people with Alzheimer’s require different levels of care at different stages of the disease. As the family’s ability to provide care declines, they may look for residential memory care. This video introduces a man who is in the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s. He often has problems with word recall, but he is still able to perform basic self-care tasks. When your loved one needs memory care in Irving, Arlington or Houston, your family can turn to the trusted providers at Avalon Memory Care. Call (214) 752-7050 to arrange a tour of our beautiful, home-like assisted living centers.