Alzheimer's Awareness Month: Honoring Those Impacted by Dementia
November is a special month at The Village at Woods Edge as we join the global community in observing Alzheimer's Awareness Month and strive to shed light on Alzheimer's disease, its impact on individuals and families, and the crucial need for support and understanding. In this article, we delve into what Alzheimer's disease is, its signs and symptoms, and how you can support your loved ones. Plus, we share how The Village at Woods Edge is committed to raising awareness and providing helpful resources to seniors and families affected by dementia.
What Is Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 6 million individuals across America are living with Alzheimer's, and that number is projected to reach nearly 13 million by 2050. It's the most common cause of dementia among older adults, and its impact on individuals and their families can be profound. Alzheimer's disease typically starts slowly and worsens over time, leading to difficulties with everyday tasks and ultimately affecting a person's ability to communicate and function independently.
Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease is crucial for early intervention and support. While the disease affects individuals differently, some common indicators include:
- Memory loss: Alzheimer's often involves difficulty with memory, including forgetting recent conversations, events, or appointments. Individuals may also ask the same questions repeatedly.
- Disorientation: Another common sign of Alzheimer's is disorientation. This can lead to seniors getting lost in familiar places or developing a sense of confusion surrounding details, such as the time, date, or location.
- Difficulty planning and solving problems: Individuals with Alzheimer's may face challenges with everyday tasks. Activities such as following familiar recipes or managing finances may become difficult. Seniors might also experience trouble concentrating and making decisions.
- Changes in mood and behavior: Alzheimer's can bring about mood swings. Seniors with dementia may exhibit unexpected emotions, including depression, anxiety, or aggression. It can also lead to social withdrawal and loss of interest in previously enjoyed hobbies.
How You Can Support a Loved One With Dementia
Alzheimer's Awareness Month serves as a reminder of the significant impact of this disease and the importance of early detection and intervention. By increasing awareness, we can reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer's and encourage individuals to seek help when needed. It's also an opportunity to educate the public about the latest research and treatments. If you suspect a loved one may be exhibiting signs of Alzheimer's disease, approach the situation with empathy and understanding. Here are some steps you can take:
- Seek medical evaluation: Encourage your loved one to see a health care professional for a comprehensive assessment.
- Open communication: Have open and honest conversations about their feelings and concerns.
- Create a supportive environment: Make necessary adjustments at home to ensure their safety and well-being.
- Explore support groups: Consider joining a local support group or seeking professional advice to cope with the challenges of caregiving.
At The Village at Woods Edge, we understand the importance of providing comprehensive support to residents with Alzheimer's and their families. Our dedicated Memory Care program offers a secure and nurturing environment tailored to the unique needs of individuals with memory impairments.
The Village at Woods Edge's Contribution to Alzheimer's Awareness
In October, The Village at Woods Edge hosted its annual special fundraiser to support the Alzheimer's Association. We're proud to announce that the event was a resounding success, thanks to the support of our residents, their families, and the broader community. The donations raised will go a long way in funding research, advocacy, and support for individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease. With the support of our community, The Village at Woods Edge was able to raise $18,500 through the event!
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated in this event and contributed to the cause. Click here to learn more and see some photos from the event on our Facebook page.
Dementia Summit at The Village of Woods Edge
As part of our commitment to Alzheimer's awareness and support, The Village at Woods Edge recently hosted a Dementia Summit. Our residents, their family members, and members of the greater community took part in this event. The summit began with staff training, equipping our team with the latest knowledge and best practices in dementia care. The day concluded with a support group session that provided a safe space for sharing experiences and gaining valuable insights.
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, we're exploring extending this as an ongoing support group, to offer continued support and education for all those affected by dementia in our community.
How You Can Get Involved
As we observe Alzheimer's Awareness Month, we invite you to learn more about Alzheimer's disease, its challenges, and the importance of early detection and support. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Alzheimer's. You can get involved during Alzheimer's Awareness Month in several ways:
- Educate yourself: Learn more about Alzheimer's disease, its symptoms, and available resources. Knowledge is a powerful tool in raising awareness.
- Support Alzheimer's organizations: Consider making a donation to Alzheimer's organizations or volunteering your time to support their efforts.
- Share your story: If you or a loved one has been affected by Alzheimer's, sharing your personal story can help reduce stigma and inspire others to seek help.
- Attend awareness events: Look for Alzheimer's Awareness Month events in your community, and participate to show your support.
If you have questions, would like to learn more about our Memory Care program, or are interested in taking a tour of The Village at Woods Edge, please don't hesitate to contact us at 757-517-2791. Our team is here to provide information and support on topics and programs ranging from Independent Living to Memory Care, ensuring you and your loved ones have the resources you need to age with grace and dignity.