Deciding to move an aging loved one into assisted living can be a tough and emotional choice for families. It’s a decision made with the best intentions for their well-being and safety, but it definitely comes with its fair share of challenges. During this transition, families face different issues as they try to balance their loved one’s needs, preferences, and the changing dynamics.Dementia, a term that encapsulates a group of symptoms linked to declining memory or other cognitive skills, is a condition that can drastically impact an individual’s day-to-day life. Recognizing the early signs of this debilitating disease can be instrumental in managing its progression and preparing for the future. Understanding dementia and its early signs is the first crucial step towards effective management and coping strategies.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a term used to describe the general deterioration of cognitive abilities. It is characterized by memory loss, impaired thinking and reasoning skills, difficulty with communication and language, as well as changes in mood and behavior. Dementia is caused by damage or degeneration of brain cells and can be progressive or non-progressive depending on the underlying cause.
What are the Early Signs of Dementia?
There are often no clear warning signs that a person is developing dementia. However, there are some changes in behavior and mood that may indicate early onset of dementia. If you are concerned that your loved one may be developing dementia, watch for the following signs:
- Changes in mood or behavior, including becoming withdrawn, agitated, or depressed
- Misplacing things
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks, such as cooking a meal or paying bills
- Inability to follow directions
- Having trouble finding the right words
- Requiring cues and prompting to get involved in activities
- Impaired judgment
- Confusion about time and place
- Memory loss, especially forgetting recent events or conversations
- Changes in sleep patterns, including sleeping more or less than usual
Recognizing the early signs of this debilitating disease can be instrumental in managing its progression and preparing for the future.
What Can Avanti Senior Living at Peoria Do for Your Loved One?
Avanti Senior Living at Peoria offers personalized care for seniors who may be experiencing early signs of dementia. Our highly trained staff is dedicated to providing support to residents in a warm, compassionate environment. We take into account each individual’s unique needs, focusing on enhancing their quality of life and promoting independence for as long as possible.
We offer Salize, a comprehensive memory care program, which is designed to improve the quality of life for individuals living with this disease. Our program incorporates a variety of approaches, including cognitive therapies, physical activities, social engagement, and nutritional guidance, all designed to enhance cognitive function.
In our incredible community, we go above and beyond to provide more than just physical care. We prioritize the emotional and social well-being of our amazing residents, because we genuinely believe they deserve nothing but the absolute best. With a vibrant community and a wide range of exciting activities, residents can pursue their passions, ignite their spirits, and form meaningful connections. We are dedicated to creating an engaging and fulfilling environment where purpose and happiness flourish.
At Avanti Senior Living at Peoria, we truly understand that dementia is a journey that impacts not just the individual, but also beloved family members. Rest assured, we’re here to provide abundant resources and unwavering support for families, guiding them through the challenges associated with this disease. With Avanti Senior Living, your loved one is embraced by our caring and capable hands.