According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million people in the United States live with Alzheimer’s, which doesn’t even count the Americans suffering from other dementia-related issues. If you’ve received a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s, you may be feeling worried or scared. At Maple Ridge, we want to help equip our residents with the tools to take care of their emotional and physical needs. Take a look at our blog post for some possible next steps after receiving your diagnosis.
Consult with Your Doctor
While there’s currently no cure for dementia, there are ways to treat the symptoms. Mayo Clinic lists cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine as possible medications, although these should be prescribed by a doctor. Your physician may also recommend a drug-free, therapeutic approach to help you prepare for the future of the disease.
Change Your Environment
Memory loss may make it more difficult for you to navigate your home, and lots of stimuli can cause confusion. We recommend making changes to your environment to better suit your future needs, including the following:
- Add lighting and make sure it’s accessible.
- Remove tripping hazards like rugs.
- Get rid of mirrors.
- Clearly label doors and cabinets.
- Find reminder tools.
Create a Plan for the Future
As your dementia progresses, your symptoms may worsen, and you might require additional help. We recommend planning for this eventuality by finding the right assisted living community.
While you may want to spend the remainder of your golden years at home, dementia can make this dangerous. Fortunately, Maple Ridge provides a home away from home for seniors and others with dementia. Located in Essex Junction, we are a memory care community specializing in dementia care and Alzheimer’s care in a comfortable environment. We can create a safe home where you can receive the care you need.
Call us today to schedule a tour and meet with us. We would welcome the opportunity to tell you more about our memory care services and show you around our beautiful community.