A New Era of Care
September 07, 2017
By Dale Russell, Gardens at Ocotillo
Alzheimer’s disease first entered medical literature in 1907, after being uncovered by German physician Alois Alzheimer. There is no current cure, but early recognition, appropriate treatment, and support can make life better for the 5.3 million Americans living with the disease.
Two out of every three people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries. The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigmatization and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem, that requires global action.
For the five million American families living with Alzheimer’s disease, 2011 started off a new wave of approach as President Obama signed into law a key piece of Alzheimer’s legislation called the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA).
NAPA creates, for the first time, a coordinated national strategy to confront one of America’s most feared and costly diseases. NAPA will provide an essential framework within the government that recognizes the Alzheimer crisis is no longer emerging but is truly upon us. The bill will lead to a national strategic plan to overcome the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic. It will establish an inter-agency council to work with the Secretary of Health and Human Services to give a full assessment of what needs to be done to address the threat of Alzheimer’s on multiple fronts, including care, research, and support.
NAPA ensures strategic planning and coordination in the fight against Alzheimer’s across the federal government as a whole. The National Alzheimer’s Project Act is the largest legislative victory in many years for the Alzheimer cause. While the bill that President Obama signed into law was reintroduced in February 2010, the groundwork for the victory started years before that.
While we continue to study Alzheimer’s Disease within the senior population, retirement communities across the nation are helping lead the charge in acceptance and understanding of this disease through innovative programs and care for those afflicted. Knowing the warning signs of dementia, versus those associated with normal parts of aging, can help educate those around you.
Spectrum Retirement Communities LLC offers residents suffering from dementia and other memory loss the proprietary Path to the Present® resident-directed program. This program recognizes your loved one’s abilities and preferences, and supports him or her in doing as much self-care as possible. So, whether he or she has Alzheimer’s Disease or another type of memory loss, your loved one can maintain independence and dignity.
Our unique approach…
- Engages your loved one in meaningful daily activities
- Helps him or her regain a sense of purpose
- Reconnects him or her with the larger worl
Each resident lives in a private and safe apartment in a special assisted living neighborhood devoted only to memory care. Each apartment is like a cottage with its own front porch and other design features to maximize your loved one’s independence.
At Spectrum Retirement, we know social and physical activities are important to help maintain independence as we age, so we offer a wide variety of activities for our residents’ enjoyment and participation including SpectraFit™, games, outings, special interest groups, and social get-togethers. Our community offers restaurant-style dining for our residents with plenty of options to suit both taste preferences and special diets. All of these options are available to make sure our residents are getting the food and hydration needed to better their health.
For more information, visit www.GardensatOcotilloSeniorLiving.com, call 480-359-3088 or stop by and take a tour today! We are located at 1601 W. Queen Creek Road in Chandler.
10 Signs of Dementia
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- Difficulty performing familiar tasks
- Problems with language
- Disorientation of time and place
- Poor or decreased judgement
- Problems keeping track of things
- Misplacing things
- Changes in mood and behavior
- Trouble with image and spatial relationships
- Withdrawal from work or social activities