September is National Alzheimer’s Month. To encourage awareness, Galerie Living’s Regional Clinical Director, Leisa Cawthon, shares signs and insights on how to care for a loved one who is experiencing cognitive decline.
Spotting The Signs of Memory Decline
“As our residents age, they may exhibit signs of cognitive decline, such as forgetting conversations or forgetting the time of appointments. Physical decline can often present as difficulty standing from a sitting position, being unable to walk long distances, experiencing a change in daily habits, or facing a loss of balance, and unable to navigate stairs.”
How to Support a Loved One With Dementia
“It is important for families to remember that being patient and meeting their loved ones where they are cognitively is imperative. Oftentimes, group meetings such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia Groups are helpful for families to be able to vent and listen to others’ successes and challenges.”
Beyond that, it’s important to be proactive when you recognize changes in your loved ones behavior, health, or circumstance. Not only do you want your loved one to be in a safe environment, you want them to be in one that will provide the best care. If you’re weighing your support options, see this recent blog from Leisa Cawthon and Galerie Living’s other communities, Village Park.
How Corso Atlanta’s Memory Care Works Holistically
“At Corso, we maintain open, spacious, vibrant memory care environments with specialized engagement in activities. As the clinical director, I enjoy working with dementia and assisting families in making the difficult decision to consider memory care for their loved ones. I maintain certification in long-term care and am a certified dementia practitioner to support our team in caring for residents with cognitive impairment.”
Our memory care neighborhood is meticulously crafted to promote success in all areas of health, notably in physical, cognitive, and social development. Our spaces are luxurious and familiar, but they also offer a level of engagement and connectivity that you won’t find anywhere else.
For peace of mind in knowing that your loved one with dementia will age gracefully, enjoy the comforts of dignified living, and celebrate more good days, schedule a visit with us today at (678) 541 – 7839.