Category Archives: Mind

What Are the 5 Types of Dementia?

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Memory Care Programs – Waging War on Dementia

While forgetfulness and episodes of memory loss may simply be a part of the aging process, you shouldn’t take these symptoms lightly since they may indicate a more serious problem – Dementia. Every year 50 Million people world-wide suffer from a form of Dementia. And the numbers are set to grow even larger as the baby boomers continue to age.  Yet for loved ones and those facing memory issues that seem to harken Dementia, the disease can be both scary and unknown. But for many, memory care programs such as those of Dogwood Forest, can mean peace, understanding and safety in knowing having Dementia does not mean a life no longer lived. Here are a few Dementia Facts to help you understand the 5 Types of Dementia and how they affect you. … Read more...

Five Great Senior Online Sites For Staying Mentally Active

Posted by The Mauldin Group on May 13th, 2020 in Acworth Ga, Dunwoody, GA, Grayson Ga., Mind | No Comments
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Stressed, confused and bored, these are the feelings we are all going through during this incredibly tough time of social distancing and isolation. For older adults, who might be at higher risk for COVID–19, the quarantine it appears, will be lasting a bit longer. Besides dealing with the loneliness, many seniors may develop resistance to challenging themselves mentally and staying active cognitively. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.  As the leading community in Acworth, and the Atlanta area, providing assisted living, we know that there are lots of online resources out there to keep your senior loved ones’ minds sharp. Here are five of our favorites. … Read more...

Making a Memory Journal, Keeping Family History While Building a Bond

Posted by admin on January 29th, 2020 in Acworth Ga, Dunwoody, GA, Grayson Ga., Memory Care | No Comments
Making a Memory Journal, Keeping Family History While Building a Bond

There’s a common misconception that keeping a journal is only beneficial or fun for young kids. However, journaling can be enjoyable for all ages and walks of life! In fact, journaling is proven to greatly improve mental health, reduce stress, boost your mood, and keep your memory sharp. So how can you bring the benefits of keeping a journal to your loved one in assisted living in Dunwoody? We recommend starting a memory journal! A memory journal is a great way to keep family memories intact and spend quality time with your senior in assisted living Dunwoody!

Step One: Choose a journal

This can be any kind of notebook you’d like! This can be a standard notebook used for school or a pretty journal. Craft stores like Michaels or … Read more...

No Love Lost: Caring for a Spouse Who Has Dementia

Posted by admin on April 26th, 2019 in Acworth Ga, Dunwoody, GA, Grayson Ga., Memory Care | No Comments
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Author Warren Adler Holds onto Hope and Memories with His Wife

Warren Adler, author of the 1981 novel The War of the Roses, is no stranger to the ups and downs of marriage. Adler’s novel captivated readers around the world with a story centered around the theme of divorce; however, he’s captivating hearts today with a story that just goes to show how far love will go. Adler, 91, spent his 57th wedding anniversary by his wife’s side. The plot twist this time: He visited his longtime wife in her new home, a care facility for dementia.… Read more...

Assisted Living Dunwoody Offers 10 Tips for Communicating with a Parent in Memory Care

Posted by admin on February 27th, 2019 in Acworth Ga, Dunwoody, GA, Grayson Ga., Memory Care | No Comments
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Communication is Key: Assisted Living Dunwoody Shares These Suggestions

We know you love and care for your parents. Transitioning into a new phase of life always takes difficult adjustments, especially when your parent’s capabilities change. Everyday life can suddenly change – all the way down to the small details such as talking. Communicating with your parent who suffers from memory loss can be difficult, which is why our assisted living Dunwoody specialists are here to give you a few tips to make the conversation easier.… Read more...

Top Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease to Watch Out For

Posted by admin on June 22nd, 2018 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments
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Family members become concerned when an elderly loved one begins to exhibit signs of memory loss. Alzheimer’s Disease is often the first thing that comes to mind.

If you believe that your loved one has become forgetful and confused, it’s important that you know the top signs of the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.… Read more...

Is It Time to Take the Keys from Grandma?

Posted by admin on January 30th, 2017 in Mind | No Comments
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Arguably one of the most American traditions is being able to hop in the car and drive wherever your heart desires. Road trips are inherent to our culture and are often considered a rite of passage. Even as we get older, that urge to hit the open road doesn’t really diminish. Luckily, many older individuals are perfectly capable of driving safely, even into their 70s and 80s. However, age does have an effect on our ability to be completely safe behind the wheel.

It’s a sad fact that advanced age usually diminishes reaction time. In addition, older individuals who are in an accident are much more likely to be seriously injured. Yet, asking our loved ones to give up the freedom of driving is often a difficult task. If you aren’t sure whether or not it’s time to take the … Read more...

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.

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Three Ways to Find the ALZ Support You Need

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 24th, 2016 in Mind | No Comments

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and we are doing our part to educate the community about this disease and what we can do to help. Recently we discussed the history and science behind Alzheimer’s Disease. Those elements are vital; however, another crucial key to fighting Alzheimer’s Disease is to find the support you need in your community.

Both caregivers and those who suffer from this disease need the right resources to help them navigate this difficult journey. We’ve compiled a few ways you can start:

Find an online support group.

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease can leave little time for attending support group meetings. However, there are forums online that you can join to find support and advice from other caregivers who can relate to your circumstances. Websites like www.alz.org are great places to look for online … Read more...

What We Really Know About Alzheimer’s

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 10th, 2016 in Mind, Research | No Comments

Chances are you know someone, either directly or indirectly, who has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Even if you don’t, you have read the stories and know just how devastating the condition is. Victims suffer from confusion, memory loss and even begin losing their sense of self. The brain slowly deteriorates and, eventually, claims the life of the person affected. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure.

However, June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. People across the country, including many celebrities, are banding together to bring awareness to this terrible disease and urging everyone to do their part in ending Alzheimer’s. While the most common way to help is donating to causes researching cures, you can also educate yourself on the warning signs of Alzheimer’s to begin the fight against it early on.

A History Lesson of Alzheimer’s 

Around … Read more...