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Assisted Living for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

3 Ways Assisted Living Helps Residents with Alzheimer’s

Taking care of a loved one who has dementia can be difficult, considering all the time and energy required to give proper and adequate attention. Fortunately, assisted living can help.

Living with Dementia: An Overview

According to the latest data gathered by the Alzheimer’s Association, it is estimated that 5.5 million Americans are living with dementia, of which 200,000 are under the age of 65; the remaining 5.3 million are 65 years old and older. With these numbers, one out of 10 seniors have this condition; as a result, there are more than 15 million Americans who are making an effort to care for a family member with dementia.

Memory loss is only one of the many symptoms of Alzheimer’s. When someone has dementia, he or she can become aggressive, can become incontinent, and can lose their way, among others. These signs and behavior can lead to safety concerns, warranting the need for constant supervision to avoid accidents and injuries.

Due to the progressive nature of the disease, Alzheimer’s dementia tends to get worse over time. There is also no cure. However, proper treatment and care can help slow the advancement of the stages, and can greatly improve the quality of life of the individuals who have the condition. If you have a family member who has dementia, you have several aged care options to choose from when the burden becomes unbearable on your own. If a nursing home is not an ideal choice, then consider selecting an assisted living facility for your loved one.

The Benefits of Assisted Living for Residents with Dementia

Here are the top three ways assisted living helps people with Alzheimer’s:

  1. Emphasis on non-medical aid

Generally, Alzheimer’s has three stages: mild, moderate, and severe. When the disease reaches middle- and late-stage, the affected individual will most likely face mental, emotional, and psychological difficulties, such as:

  • Problems performing daily tasks
  • Misplacing or losing valuables
  • Trouble with planning and organization
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Confusion
  • Bladder control issues
  • Major changes in sleep patterns
  • Getting lost

These behavioral changes can drastically affect daily life. While nursing homes give more emphasis on medical care, assisted living focuses more on addressing the non-medical aspect of aged care, thus giving seniors with Alzheimer’s the help they need in planning and completing everyday tasks, such as bathing, laundry, dressing, and more.

  1. More autonomy and social interaction

The primary goal of assisted living is to offer aged care while giving residents more freedom than other facilities may provide. This allows seniors who have dementia to be able to regularly interact with others, and enjoy the things they love to do. Doing so can help them better maintain good mental health and cognitive functions due to the following reasons:

  • Loneliness and cognitive decline are linked.
  • Interaction provides mental stimulation.
  • Having social support helps individuals stay independent.
  • Self expression soothes feelings of frustration that come with the condition.
  1. Specialized memory care programs

There are many assisted living facilities that provide memory care programs for residents who are living with Alzheimer’s. These specialized programs are designed to address and meet the specific needs that come with the increasing severity and comorbidity of dementia. In addition to that, the staff are also highly trained for the job. By transferring residents from the regular population to the memory care department, seniors who have Alzheimer’s can receive the protection and care they need for their condition.

Assisted living services can be done in a facility or in-home, giving you the option to provide a more comfortable setting for your loved one.  Geriatric care management services, including problem resolution, case management, and the like, can help improve the quality of life of seniors. To learn more about how we can assist your family member, contact us.


Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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