24 Jun Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Since Park Springs Health Services offers industry-leading Memory Care for seniors, we wanted to share some key things to know about Alzheimer’s and the ways we attempt both early-stage prevention and ongoing support for those who are experiencing the disease.
As we age, our risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia increases. But, there are ways to help prevent the possibility. Healthy monitoring and proper care for high blood pressure and cholesterol can play a large role in helping decrease the likelihood. If you have any questions about how to monitor these things, feel free to schedule an appointment with our Wellness Clinic to learn more. Additional ways to help decrease the risk is through regular exercise and a balanced diet. We encourage our members to take advantage of our fitness center and instructor lead training, as well as our dining venues’ selections of healthy cuisine. Finally, emotional and intellectual stimulation can help keep the mind sharp and engaged. While we are currently practicing safe social distancing, still make time to talk to your neighbor from across the yard or set up a game night with friends.
Maintaining Health For Those With The Disease
For those with family who may be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, Park Springs Health Services offers a number of programs to help. Our Adult Day Program is meant to engage Members who are still in Independent Living but need daily care and supervised activities. Our River Household in Cobblestone is also intentionally designed to help slow the decline of memory through cognitive training technology, physical exercise programs, therapeutic art workshops and the encouraging of social engagement. At Pebblebrook, we have two Memory Care households that focus on different stages of dementia, both of which practice the Butterfly Model of Care. This model is shown to dramatically increase the quality of life for those living with memory loss
A key aspect of cognitive health is talking about it! We hope that this will encourage you and your family to seek out opportunities to actively engage in preventative care or to reach out to our team of experts at Park Springs Health Services to learn more.