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Facts About Alzheimer's

Today, Alzheimer’s is one of the most common diseases of older adults in the United States, with approximately 5 million Americans diagnosed. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that causes memory, thinking, and behavior complications. This disease generally affects adults age 65 and older, though 5% of those diagnosed experience early onset Alzheimer’s which appears around ages 40-50. Throughout its three-stage progression, Alzheimer’s can cause loss of memory, confusion, and physical inabilities. Alzheimer's disease cannot be prevented, nor has research found exactly what causes it, but precautions can be taken. Choosing to stay well informed on this disease that is becoming more and more prevalent may reduce your risk in developing it. Alzheimer’s experts recommend maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, both physically and mentally, and following a heart-healthy diet to keep yourself and your brain in good condition.

See below for more facts about Alzheimer’s disease …

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At various Walker Methodist communities, we offer Memory Care for you or your loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Our certified nurses tailor their care to meet the specific needs of each resident within the program. We offer assistance with daily routines, engage residents in a variety of cognitive and physical activities, monitor the health and medication per resident, and offer a 24/7 licensed healthcare staff. Each staff member who provides care for Memory Care residents have been thoroughly trained in Alzheimer’s and dementia symptoms, communication techniques, treatments, and methods to engage residents in daily activities.

Within our Memory Care, we also offer therapeutic programs that include Music & Memory, Aromatherapy, and Dignity Quilt Remembrance. These programs have been designed to bring life and happiness to residents who may feel lost, as well as give comfort to the families of our Memory Care residents.

The ultimate goal for all Walker Methodist residents is safety, engagement, and tailored care. These programs help us to stay true to these goals, along with our mission of Life. And all the living that goes with it. Enhancing the lives of older adults through a culture of care, respect, and service.

 

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Anneliese Peterson

Written by Anneliese Peterson

As the Vice President of Operations, Anneliese Peterson manages the operations and services provided by Walker Methodist’s housing communities. This includes providing leadership and vision for each site in their effort to offer the highest quality customer service.

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