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LEAP! University of Kansas Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer’s Prevention Program

Friday, January 19th, 2018 8:47:41 PM
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Dealing with dementia is difficult – LEAP! helps put prevention research into achievable everyday actions

The University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center is a leader in Alzheimer’s research and education. The KU ADC is one of just 31 nationally designated Alzheimer’s Disease Centers and is made up of two divisions, the Research Division and a separate Memory Care Clinic. Some of the research conducted at the KE ADC includes prevention, treatment, an investigational medication, and lifestyle interventions.

Click here to learn more about the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center Team.

LEAP! Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer’s Prevention Program

LEAP! is one specific program aimed that preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dealing with dementia for those who are either predisposed to getting Alzheimer’s later in life or are facing early-onset symptoms now. This innovative program translates the latest, most innovative Alzheimer’s disease prevention research into actionable recommendations for everyday life. [Source]

Earlier this month, LEAP! hosted a workshop focused on New Year’s resolutions for those dealing with dementia or interested in Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Coach Erin Blocker lead the event which helped participants with successful goal-setting. Goals were centered around brain health and included both short-term and long-term daily actions that supported a healthy lifestyle for those dealing with dementia.

These workshops act as a partnership between the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center and our community. The KU ADC offers a variety of classes, including physical fitness, that all support a brain-healthy lifestyle. It is easy to think of out wellness in terms of weight, blood pressure, calories consumed, or miles walked. However, the health of our brain is impacted by so many factors and can easily be overlooked. The KU ADC aims to help our community consider out brain health in conjunction with our physical health, not in addition to it.

If you’re interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s prevention, brain health activities, or smart aging in general, consider participating in a LEAP! event. The next LEAP! workshop will be on Wednesday, May 16th. It will focus on all 6 Alzheimer’s prevention lifestyle factors: social engagement, cognitive engagement, healthy eating, exercise, stress management, and sleep hygiene. Click here to view complete event details.

Taking personal steps to live a healthy lifestyle as we age is essential for brain health and overall wellness. If you are dealing with dementia or are seeing a loved one struggle, consider the local resources available. You are not alone in this journey and there are organizations, education centers, and memory care facilities available to provide the support and services you need.

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Support for Adults Diagnosed with Early Stage Alzheimer’s

Friday, January 12th, 2018 5:37:18 PM
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Attend Memory Café on the second Thursday of each month!

As a residential senior assisted living facility, ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS provides specialized memory care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. However, our Residences are not the only type of care services we provide. We also make an effort to support and provide resources for spouses, family caregivers, and adults in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. While these individuals do not need full-time care that can be found at our Residences, ComfortCare Homes recognizes their needs and aims to support them.

On the second Thursday of each month, the Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Kansas Chapter hosts “Memory Café.” This program is a social event for adults who have received an early-stage Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Memory Café aims to engage adults and their families who are dealing with this difficult diagnosis. Centered around conversation, coffee and doughnuts, this informal gathering helps provide emotional support for those in our community affected by early-stage Alzheimer’s.

Memory Café also integrates senior assisted living activities into each gathering. Art therapy is part of this monthly program. This unique self-expression in a group setting is a good conversation starter, allowing those who have received an early-stage Alzheimer’s diagnosis a natural start to discussing their feelings, doubts, hopes, and concerns. The Memory Cafe is part of the JW & Reola Stark Arts and Inspiration Program.

For complete event information, including how to RSVP, please view the brochure here.

Building a community of care early on in the Alzheimer’s process can be instrumental for family members, caregivers, and those who are suffering from the disease. Knowing that there are others in our community experiencing the same situation as you can be comforting. Social events such as Memory Café encourage sharing of resources, educational events, and more. It is helpful to have friends by your side when things become difficult.

While the Memory Café is an event specifically for adults who have received an early-stage Alzheimer’s diagnosis, events, groups, and senior assisted living programs are available for all types of people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. To learn more, please contact ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS, today.

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Caregiver Resolutions: Care for Yourself This New Year

Thursday, January 4th, 2018 3:49:50 PM
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Memory care and Alzheimer’s services can provide the professional help your loved one needs

After the stress of the holidays has calmed and we return to our normal schedule, it can be easy to fall back into bad habits. However, the start of the new year is an excellent opportunity to set goals and recommit to our personal health. For family caregivers or those providing memory care to a loved one with dementia, finding the time for self-reflection and personal improvement is challenging.

In this week’s blogs, we will explore Three Caregiver Resolutions that can be implemented by family caregivers. But first, let’s take a look at who a caregiver is, what the job entails, and common challenges faced:

Fact 1: Emotional support makes up a big part of caregiving

While the role of family caregiver often includes tasks such as meal preparation, laundry, transportation to appointments, and medication reminders, emotional support is a significant part of the job as well. According to the Pew Research FactTank, in 2015 68% of adult family caregivers say that they sometimes support their aging parents emotionally. [Source]

Fact 2: Caring for an aging parent can become a full-time responsibility

On average, family caregivers spend 24.4 hours providing care. When providing memory care for a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia, family caregivers on average will provide care for 1-4 years. [Source]

Fact 3: The average caregiver is middle-aged, with a career and family of their own

Of the 43.5 million unpaid, family caregivers in the U.S., the average age is 49 years old. 42% of family caregivers are providing memory care or other senior care services for a parent.

With a better understanding of who family caregivers are and the role they assume, it is easy to see some of the challenges they face. Providing care for a loved one is not only time consuming but can become expensive. Travelling and time spent away from work or children can take a toll. The emotional and physical difficulties of providing memory care can become overwhelming.

If you or someone you love is a primary caregiver for a senior loved one, consider these Three Caregiver Resolutions to start the new year off right:

1. Make your mental and physical health a priority

Family caregivers are loving, compassionate, and often selfless people. However, always caring for others can lead to neglect of yourself. Remember that you can only help others if you are at your best. Prioritize your mental wellness by building a support system, knowing when to ask for help, or seeking a therapist to help you cope with stress. Promote physical wellness by getting enough sleep, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly.

2. Spend quality time with loved ones

As a caregiver, especially to a parent or other family member, it can be hard to separate your caregiving responsibilities from your relationship. Spend quality time connecting with a loved one through an activity, exercise, or trip where you are a son, daughter, sister, or friend but not a caregiver. Many Alzheimer’s facilities and senior centers offer adult day programs for families to interact while professionals provide care assistance. Spending quality time takes you both out of the daily care routine and can be very beneficial [Source]

3. Plan for future care

If you provide memory care for an aging parent, there will come a time when you are no longer able to offer the care and support they need on your own. As Alzheimer’s or dementia symptoms advance, seniors will need more specialized care. Researching memory care homes in Wichita, KS, can help you reduce stress now and in the future. While you cannot predict what will happen, understanding the options and support resources available to you and your family will be helpful no matter what the future holds.

 

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

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