Alzheimer’s Care at Dogwood Forest: 5 Ways We Fight Dementia


Posted by Kia Crawford on November 23rd, 2016 in Memory Care | No Comments

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When your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to make sure that they have the proper care they need in order to keep them active, happy and safe. The medical community has discovered that the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease can be delayed by an average of six years through the incorporation of clinically proven non-drug therapies, even after the disease has begun.

As an industry leader in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care at Dogwood Forest, we pride ourselves in giving the best possible care in the fight against the progression of dementia. Our Memory Care program and innovative living environments center around the most promising medical science in the fight against dementia.

Below, learn how we help prevent the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease:

We provide a healthy and balanced diet.

 Eating a healthy diet benefits both your body and your brain. For a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia, an unhealthy diet or poor nutrition could increase behavioral symptoms and cause weight loss.

At Dogwood Forest, we make sure each resident maintains a nourishing diet to keep them healthy. In fact, those suffering from dementia or early-to-moderate stages of Alzheimer’s could have their cognitive impairment slowed or even reversed by switching to a healthier diet.

We encourage socialization.

 Having friendly interactions and general social engagement can benefit memory and cognitive function for everyone, no matter their age. Many scientists believe that social interaction is key to maintaining good mental health and warding off diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Every day, our residents at Dogwood Forest lead very social lives as they enjoy activities such as games, community events, volunteering, reading and exercise. All of these things can help enrich their lives and improve their emotional well-being.

We cultivate a stress-free environment.

 While you may think behavior problems are an inevitable part of your loved one’s dementia, these problems can be made worse by their environment or their inability to deal with stress. Stress management is a very important factor in treating Alzheimer’s.

At Dogwood Forest, we provide our residents with the proper environment to keep them calm, but also engaged to help lower their stress levels.

We foster physical activity and healthy lifestyles.

 Scientific evidence points to a positive relationship between brain health and cardiovascular system health. Regular walking, dancing, seated exercises and overall physical activity can have a positive effect on many problem behaviors related to Alzheimer’s such as aggression, wandering, and difficulty sleeping.

Our physical and wellness programs provide our residents with the activities they need to help improve their mobility, fitness and overall wellbeing.

We offer support groups and community activities.

 Caring for a loved one that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be hard on everyone, especially the families. It’s important to find support and comfort during such a difficult time.

At Dogwood Forest, we make it possible for families in the same situations to connect with each other and share their stories. Having a support group can provide essential needs and comfort to families to coping with their loved one’s diagnosis.

These are just a few of the ways we provide Alzheimer’s and dementia care to improve and enrich the lives of our residents and their families. At Dogwood Forest, we embrace what science has proven effective in the fight against dementia.

If your loved one is struggling with dementia, or if you are deciding whether assisted living is the right step for him or her, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter to find out how we can help.