Category Archives: Memory Care

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...

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...

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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Is It Dementia Or Just Old Age?

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 19th, 2015 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments

As a loved one ages, it can be hard to tell whether they are developing the early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s or if changes they face are a normal part of aging. However, it’s important to catch signs of dementia as soon as possible so that treatment can help slow the progression and improve quality of life. Not sure how to tell the difference? Here are five signs that your family member is facing more than just old age:

Memory loss is disruptive: Almost everyone experiences some difficulty with memory as they grow older. Even middle-aged individuals may find themselves forgetting details or little things. However, in a healthy older person this memory loss is minor and often temporary. An individual might forget something they were told but then recall it, or remember it instantly when reminded. With dementia,… Read more...

What is Memory Care?

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 16th, 2015 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments

Until an older relative is in need of assistance, many people aren’t aware of the different levels and kinds of care communities that exist for seniors. But the number of Alzheimer’s patients in the United States is on the rise, and many families find themselves facing a need to educate themselves quickly on the care options available. For a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia, that often means memory care.

Memory care involves a care environment designed entirely around the needs of seniors with dementia. It is a form of assisted living, where seniors have their own room, apartment or suite in a community but also have 24/7 attention from staff so that their care needs are met. The difference between memory care and assisted living more broadly is that the staff at a memory care community are specially trained … Read more...

How Environment Affects Alzheimer’s

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 14th, 2015 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments

Alzheimer’s is one of the most devastating and yet most widespread diseases affecting older adults. However, there are ways to slow or even reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. While genetics play a major role in determining who gets Alzheimer’s disease, environment can be a significant contributing factor. Here are five things a senior’s environment should provide to potentially minimize the effects of Alzheimer’s:

Mental stimulation: Mentally stimulating activities reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s and can slow the progress of dementia once it has set in. An environment that allows for new experiences, stimulation and changes of routine can thus have a profound effect on mental health as you age. In particular, intellectual activities like reading are recommended to help prevent or slow Alzheimer’s. Social interaction: A healthy social life is one of the best tonics against the advance of… Read more...

How Does Music Help Alzheimer’s Patients?

Posted by Kia Crawford on January 13th, 2015 in Memory Care, Mind | No Comments

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that affects roughly 6 million people in the United States alone. While not everyone will develop Alzheimer’s disease as they grow older, it is one of the most common illnesses relating to old age. It’s a disease of the brain which starts in the frontal lobe, in the area where information is first processed before it becomes memories. Thus, Alzheimer’s affects memory, sense of place and time, and even mood and personality. 

Alzheimer’s is incurable, but that doesn’t mean there are no treatments for it. Memory care, a good environment and a variety of therapies can help substantially in slowing Alzheimer’s progress and improving quality of life for those who have it. Perhaps the most widespread and one of the most effective therapies for Alzheimer’s is music therapy.

Many people have heard of music therapy … Read more...