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5th Annual Kansas Healthcare Ethics Conference

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 1:52:28 PM
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Comfort Care Homes joins the conversation about ethical decision-making in healthcare

Nurses, doctors, therapists, caregivers, health administrators, social workers, and family members are affected by ethical decisions in healthcare. For those who work in hospitals, medical offices, or care facilities, challenging ethical situations can be faced almost every day. These dilemmas can occur while providing care, making end of life care decisions, cost of care, honoring religious or personal beliefs, and the use of technology in providing care. As a providing of residential memory care, Comfort Care Homes faces these and other ethical issues.

The purpose of this year’s 5th Annual Kansa Healthcare Ethics Conference is to stimulate the discussion of real life ethical issues. Medical professionals and care providers are facing a variety of challenging, but similar challenges regularly. By learning about how to understand, approach, and resolve these issues, professionals across the U.S can provide better medical care to improve the lives of people throughout the country.

Event Speakers

This year’s conference features 9 speakers, all diverse in their educational and professional backgrounds, who will be speaking about a variety of topics. Chief Gordon Ramsey, Chief of Police for the Wichita Police Department, will open the conference by talking about the Homeless Outreach Team of the WPD. Next, Dr. Robin Walker will talk about the medical challenges faced by the homeless and his experiences led him to educate himself on the needs of the homeless population in Wichita, KS.

Other topics of interest include:

  • Ethical dilemmas with commercial and genetic testing
  • Ethical consequences of the technology in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Serious illness planning and end of life care decisions
  • Maintaining personal health while providing this important care for others

Vallerie Gleason, President and CEO of the Newton Medical Center in Kansas will also be speaking at this year’s conference. Comfort Care Homes was honored to hear Vallerie present last October when she was the keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Kansas Education Conference on Dementia. Vallerie has experienced first-hand that it takes a team of individuals working together to provide adequate Alzheimer’s disease care and dementia care. She was hundreds of miles away while both of her parents were dealing with a dementia diagnosis and learned the importance of having a support system of family, friends, professional caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

To learn more about Vallerie Gleason, read our blog “Working as a Team to Provide Alzheimer’s Disease Care”

Goals of Health Care Ethics Discussions

The topics of this year’s conference cover a variety of medical specialties and situations. While you may not work directly with the homeless, the elderly, or NICU patients, the topics discussed are meant to bring about new thoughts and solutions for participants. The truth is that these dilemmas occur every day in our healthcare communities, not only in Kansas but throughout the country. In order to provide a high standard of care, healthcare professionals need to understand the obstacles those in their field are facing.

Some of the goals of this conference are for participants to be able to:

  • Describe how to ethically provide basic healthcare to challenging populations
  • Assess moral and religious factors and how they impact a person’s approach to making medical decisions
  • Understand genetic testing and the importance of pretest counseling
  • Recognize the need for end of life care conversations within the family
  • Reframe frustrating or stressful situations to allow them to “roll off your shoulders”

Comfort Care Homes and other participants will receive tools kits that help conduct conversations about serious illness planning. These toolkits can be passed along to patients, families, staff, counselors, or colleagues. Taking the skills and tools learned in the conference back into the ‘real-world’ will help professionals and family members alike make more ethical healthcare decisions, provide better care, and live healthier lives without the overwhelming feeling that ethical dilemmas can cause.

Continuing Education

This event has been approved as a continuing education course for a variety of healthcare professionals. For nurses, MICT/EMT, RRT, social workers, adult health care home administrator/operator, physicians, and all other categories – refer to the Conference Brochure for complete qualification and reporting information.

The 5th Annual Kansas Health Care Ethics Conference will be on Wednesday, 28, 2018. Walk-in registration is available. The conference will be held at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th Street N. Room 180, Wichita, KS 67220. If you have questions about registration, please contact Teresa Carter at (316) 686-7172 or ethics@wmref-ks.org.

For complete conference information, please visit our Events page.

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/

Music and Memories Program at Comfort Care Home Wichita KS

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 8:52:16 PM
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Unique approach to Alzheimer’s care may help manage the behavioral and cognitive symptoms of dementia

While medical researchers continue to work to find ways to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease, millions of Americans suffer from dementia or care for a loved one who has a memory illness. Families and caregivers make use of the tools and resources they have to help loved ones manage the behavioral and cognitive symptoms of dementia. One such tool is music, the application of which is used at memory care residences across the country – including Comfort Care Homes Wichita KS.

Music therapy has been studied in psychology as a way to elicit a behavioral or emotional change in individuals. [Source] This is true of most people – even those without Alzheimer’s or dementia. Think about it: you probably have a favorite song from your teenage years that makes you think of summer days, a romantic ballad that reminds you of your first love, or even a retro song that brings back memories of riding in the backseat of Dad’s car. Certain music may make you feel tired, sad, or serious. A single song can cause a multitude of memories to surface and, as a result, create an emotional response.

How Music Therapy Works

For a long time, music has been known to calm us down and provide relief from stress. Given recent medical advancements that allow scientists to scan our brains, new research about the effect of music on our mental state has occurred. They discovered that music engages areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in memory. Recent research also showed that listening to music releases dopamine in the brain sending, pleasure signals to the rest of the body. [Source]

While comprehensive music therapy involves a participant and a therapist who has completed an accredited music therapy program, the bases of these findings can be applied to seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Music can help to calm an agitate senior, release built-up tension, or release “happy-hormones” that cause comfort and joy.

The Roth Project: Music and Memories for Seniors

Inspired by the award-winning documentary “Alive Inside,” Wichitan Dave Roth brought a unique music program to his home state. Dave, whose own mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, loaded an iPod with popular songs from her teenage years and early twenties. According to the documentary, music from these formative years often have the strongest memory attachments, even for seniors in late-stage Alzheimer’s.

“My mother at the time had four words she could say. She had a language of four words” says Dave Roth. “I put the iPod on her for the first time and she started singing lyrics with me.” [Source]

Together with the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Dave brought the music and memories program to Comfort Care Homes Wichita KS. This program bring iPods helps individuals and families suffering from the effects of dementia to manage difficult behaviors, improve communication and cognition, and connect with one another. At Comfort Care Homes Wichita KS, our care providers can provide the support and assistance to senior Residents to make sure the iPod works properly. [Source]

Developing Your Loved One’s Dementia Care Plan

Comfort Care Homes Wichita KS creates a home-environment for each of our Residents. We are constantly learning about new tools and treatments for dementia care and educating our care staff. We proudly offer music programs as part of our comprehensive Life Enrichment Activities offerings. As a professional memory care facility, we understand that the types of activities that may be popular for other seniors may not be realistic (or enjoyable) for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease.

We will work with you, your family, and your senior loved one to create a dementia care plan that will improve their quality of life. Comfort Care Homes Wichita KS helps seniors live rewarding, comfortable, and enriched lives – even while living with dementia.

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/

Delirium: Assessing Mental Wellness When Symptoms Are Unclear

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 5:47:14 PM
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Recognizing the difference between dementia symptoms and other mental health issues can make dealing with dementia challenging

There are many symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia which vary as the disease progresses. If you care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you probably notice how their behavior, abilities, and mood change even just throughout the day. Because Alzheimer’s disease causes physical changes in the brain, it impacts all facets of person’s brain function, not just their memory. With all the symptoms and changes brought on by Alzheimer’s disease, dealing with dementia can be extremely hard for family caregivers.

Some of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia include confusion, sudden changes in mood, temporary or permanent short and long-term memory loss, disinterest in activities, and physical pain. Unfortunately, these symptoms overlap with serious mental illnesses like depression and delirium.

Read our blog Differentiating Depression from Dementia to learn more about how to identify symptoms, seek medical advice, and find the support you and your loved one need.

Dealing with Dementia: When is a change in behavior delirium?

Delirium is a medical condition that results in confusion and other disruptions in thinking and behavior, including changes in perception, attention, mood, and activity level. Seniors living with delirium are susceptible to delirium, but this condition can occur in adults without dementia as well. For this reason, delirium is often unrecognized by healthcare professionals because the symptoms are shared by dementia. [Source]

Seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia typically experience changes in memory and behavior slowly over time. As researchers continue to learn more about the disease, doctors are better able to recognize symptoms of early-stage, middle-stage, and late-stage Alzheimer’s and recommend appropriate action. Dealing with dementia can be more manageable once families understand what stage of the disease they loved one is at, expectations of progression, and symptom treatment options.

Delirium is different from dementia in that the changes in intellect, behavior, and activity level happens suddenly. Unlike the subtle decline of Alzheimer’s disease, the confusion of delirium fluctuates throughout the day, often very dramatically. Delirium may make it impossible to speak coherently or cause sudden drowsiness.

Some of the causes of delirium include:

  • Acute medical illnesses, such as a urinary tract infection or the flu
  • Stroke
  • Bleeding in the brain from an unrecognized head injury
  • Adverse reaction to a medication, mix of medications, or alcohol

If you suspect your loved one is experiencing delirium, contact their doctor. Delirium may be the first indicator that a medication or mix of medications is causing a negative reaction. Once you have contacted medical professionals, create a calm environment that helps your loved one relax. Managing temporary delirium is similar to dealing with dementia symptoms in that you want to create a quiet, relaxed environment that doesn’t overstimulate or overwhelm your loved one. [Source]

Mental Wellness and Living with Dementia

For seniors who have Alzheimer’s, distinguishing the differences between the symptoms of dementia and other mental illnesses is difficult. Even medical professionals continue to struggle to correctly assess mental wellness in adults with dementia. The most important thing to remember is that reporting new symptoms as soon as they appear is crucial to correct diagnosis. Keep track of your loved one’s behavioral, emotional, and cognitive changes. When sudden symptoms appear, it may an indication of something other than Alzheimer’s or dementia. Doctors, therapists, and memory care professionals are specially trained to assess the mental wellness of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Unlike most mental illnesses that can be treated and even cured by compressive mental health services, dementia has no cure. The progressive nature of this disease means that your loved one’s condition will continue to deteriorate. When your loved one’s needs become too great for you to manage at home, the time may come to place them in a memory care home. ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, KS, offers a unique Residential approach to specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care. In addition to providing safe, comfortable, comprehensive memory care, ComfortCare Homes also supports families and loved ones dealing with dementia.

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/

How Residential Alzheimer’s Facilities Differ from Assisted Living

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 4:07:56 PM
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Residential dementia care and memory-focused care can meet the unique challenges of seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia in Wichita, KS

Choosing the best type of care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia depends on a variety of unique factors. Some things you and your family may consider include the level of care they currently need, future care needs, personal living preferences, and proximity to friends and loved ones. As you research senior care options in Wichita, KS, and the surrounding areas, it is important to understand the difference between memory-focused Alzheimer’s facilities and general assisted living facilities.

As our senior loved one’s age, it is expected that they will need some extra assistance. This may include transportation, help with meal preparation, light housekeeping, and companionship. Remaining active and social is an essential aspect of senior wellness, so participating in family events, maintaining hobbies, and getting regular exercise are important. For seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia, daily activities and personal care are more challenging. Dementia can cause decreased mobility, damaged cognitive function, and confusion that can make cooking, driving, and social activities impossible.

Because seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia respond differently to senior care services and activities, memory care Alzheimer’s facilities were created to meet their unique needs. Understand how memory care facilities differ from traditional assisted living. This will help your family choose the best care setting for your loved one.

Residential Alzheimer’s Facilities

An easy way to approach residential memory care is by breaking the name into parts. Part one of this type of care setting is “residential.” This means that seniors live in a home setting or communal style living. This often includes a private room, sharing living spaces, and activities all within one facility or unit. Part two of this type of care setting is the focus, which is Alzheimer’s or dementia care.

Residential memory care facilities are designed to meet the needs of people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and other memory-related diseases. Trained staff members may include skilled caregivers, nurses, occupational therapists, and medical doctors. Using an interdisciplinary approach, residential Alzheimer’s facilities will utilize the expertise of various fields to care for the physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual well-being of residents. [Source]

To learn more about a person-centered approach to memory care, read our article “Interdisciplinary Approach Improves Dementia Care”

How Memory Care is Different

In assisted living communities, residents are often more independent and require little supervision. This type of care setting may be a good option for those with middle-stage Alzheimer’s who require some care assistance on a daily basis. When determining the best care option for your loved one, there a few big differences between basic assisted living and Alzheimer’s facilities:

  • Safety Checks and Supervision

Due to the cognitive and behavioral changes that come with dementia, memory care facilities keep a closer eye on the safety and security of residents. The care provider staff will form close relationships with residents and learn how to best communicate with them.

  • Enrichment Activities & Socialization

Assisted living facilities often have social activities such as bingo, card games, movies, or shared meals. For seniors with Alzheimer’s, these types of activates may be frustrating, cause anxiety, or simply unenjoyable. Residential Alzheimer’s facilities create activities that are stimulating and meaningful for those with dementia. This might include sensory objects, puzzles, music therapy, or light exercise.

  • Skills, Training, and Number of Staff

Memory care facilities often have a lower patient-to-staff ratio in order to best care for residents with dementia. Consistency is key when providing memory care and seniors may become agitated or confused by new faces every day. Having the same care team will not only help your loved one be more comfortable but also allows the staff to truly understand their personality and unique needs to provide personalized care and attention.


Determining When It Is Time for Memory Care

Making the decision to start memory care for your loved one is a difficult decision, one that often involves the whole family. The first step is recognizing that there are options for specialized, residential Alzheimer’s facilities close to home in Wichita, KS. If you think that your loved one could benefit from part-time adult day care services or complete residential dementia care, consider ComfortCare Homes. When it comes to long-term memory care, ComfortCare Homes is Wichita’s best alternative to traditional nursing home facilities. We provide our Residents with individualized memory care, driven by their own unique behavioral needs, in a real home, surrounded by well-trained and loving people who genuinely care for them.

Alzheimer’s Care Resources

> > Checklist: When is it time for memory care?

> > Life Enrichment Activities

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/

Clinical Trials and Dementia Treatment: Fighting for a Cure

Friday, February 23rd, 2018 7:52:18 PM
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Learn about clinical trials and studies that are improving dementia treatment and leading scientists closer to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease

In the not so far off past, doctors and medical researchers knew very little about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Maybe you remember a grandparent or great-grandparent who was deemed “confused” or “delirious” as they aged. Along with your family members, you may have recognized behavioral changes, memory loss, or just overall confusion. In the past, families tried to care for loved ones at home or moved them into nursing homes. While no cure for Alzheimer’s has been found, dementia treatment has come a long way. These advancements are due in part to clinical trials and studies.

Types of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Treatment Research

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies conducted in people to determine whether treatments are effective and safe. Human volunteers are the best way to improve dementia treatment, discover prevention methods, and eventually cure Alzheimer’s disease. [Source]

Diagnostic Studies

These types of clinical studies focus on finding better ways to accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stages. The goal of diagnostic studies is to create an easy-to-follow method for doctors to diagnose people at risk for dementia, even before they begin showing symptoms

Quality of Life Studies

Unlike the other two research methods mentioned so far, Quality of  Life Studies are less medical and more socially scientific. The goal of this type of research if to better understand how Alzheimer’s and dementia impacts those with the disease, their family members, and caregivers. Using this information, researchers can figure out the best type of support, education, or training needed to solve some of the challenges faced by these people.

Dementia Treatment Trials: Hope for a Cure

There are two main types of clinical studies that test new dementia treatment options. The first type is treatments that are aimed at reducing the symptoms. During this type of trial, new drugs and variations of the drug are tested. The second type is treatments that are aimed at slowing or stopping the disease. Some of the experimental drugs being tested in these types of trials are entirely new ways of treating Alzheimer’s. [Source]

The benefits and risks of participating in a dementia treatment trial are serious and need to be greatly considered. These types of trials often need volunteers who have dementia, are at risk for developing dementia, and healthy individuals with no dementia issues. Here are some things to consider before participating in a clinical trial:


  • Take an active role in your or own health care
  • Gain access to potential dementia treatment before it is widely available
  • Receive access to expert medical care and attention, free of cost, while participating
  • Help future generations by contributing to meaningful research

[Clinical Trials: Benefits, Risks and Safety, National Institute on Aging]


  • Unpleasant or even serious side effects related to the treatment being studied
  • The treatment may not be effective
  • You may not be part of the treatment group, rather receiving a placebo as part of a control group
  • Potential for inconvenience, including frequent medical exams or overnight hospital stays

Do Your Research & Make Informed Decisions

Making the decision to involve yourself or a senior loved one in an Alzheimer’s or dementia treatment clinical trial is a major decision. Carefully consider the benefits, risks, and safety concerns. Talk extensively with doctors and medical professionals who are familiar with your loved one’s background. Only utilize accredited and legitimate research trials, such as the trials conducted at the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

> Find Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Clinical Trials

The fact is participating in a clinical trial is not the best option for every person with dementia. For those with middle or late-stage Alzheimer’s, the constant medical examinations and busy schedule may cause more harm than good. If you’re searching for non-medical dementia treatment that helps seniors manage the behavioral and cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s, consider ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS. Our unique approach to dementia care is focused on meeting the needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s, not simply placing them in general assisted living.

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/

Antioxidants & Brain Health: Do Our Diets Increase Alzheimer’s or Dementia Risk

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 7:50:31 PM
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Consider managing the behavioral and cognitive symptoms of dementia rather than following unscientific remedies

Although no cure for Alzheimer’s or dementia is yet available, many people who are genetically predisposed or are in the early stages of these diseases look for alternative treatment methods. For many adults, memory and brain health become a primary concern. Memory games, such as puzzles or matching games, are one way seniors try to work their brains. While physical and cognitive exercises are good as we age, are there other lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease?

Alternative Methods: What’s the big deal?

With a simple online search, you will quickly be bombarded with “natural” supplements, herbal remedies, and claims about home treatments for Alzheimer’s or dementia. These so-called treatments and prevention methods are harmful for a number of reasons. For one, these products and treatments are based on non-scientific research. There is no reputable proof that these memory enhancers or dementia-delay strategies are effective. Because these claims are not supported by science, the safety and effectiveness are not known. [Source] At worst, these false claims may cause more damage than good.

Does Increasing Antioxidants Have an Impact?

In the past, research seemed to indicate that increasing antioxidants in your diet could reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. The theory was that because Alzheimer’s is caused by damages to the brain’s pathways, fatty acids and antioxidants could repair early damages or prevent future deterioration. More recent studies indicate that antioxidant supplements do not have a significant impact on dementia prevention. [Source]

Positive Steps You Can Take

Although there is no treatment or way to entirely prevent Alzheimer’s or dementia, there are still many proactive ways to maintain brain health. Early detection and frequent check-ins with your senior’s doctor can help you both prepare for the future. Medical professionals and memory care facilities can offer advice and treatments for the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of dementia.

There are positive lifestyle changes you and your senior loved one can take to make living with Alzheimer’s or dementia more positive. Consider researching local memory care facilities and the services and resources they provide.

> Life Enrichment Activities

> Family Resources


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/

ComfortCare Homes Hot Topics Continuing Education: Cardiovascular Disease

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 1:30:34 PM
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Join us February 20th for a free on-going education event

February is American Heart Health Month and Comfort Care Homes has made Cardiovascular disease the topic of this month’s Hot Topics continuing education program. Our theme of the Cardiovascular continuing education program is “The Heart of the Matter.” The program will address various aspects of heart health and identify multi-system risk factors. Our 4 speakers will present information on heart health, surgical interventions, podiatry, and cardiac rehabilitation outcomes.

Who Should Attend Continuing Education Programs?

The Hot Topics continuing education program is aimed toward health care professionals who are required to complete on-going education courses. Typically, this includes registered nurses, physician assistants, LPNs, and LMSWs. Comfort Care Homes is excited to offer fun, unique, and thought-provoking education events through the free Hot Topics program.

If participates stay for the whole 4-hour event, they will obtain 4 free Continuing Education credits at one time. Each attendee much sign-in to the session in order to obtain credits.

Event Details: “The Heart of the Matter”

Four speakers will be presenting on Cardiovascular health and wellness for adults. Check out their topic summaries below.

1. “Heart Health 2018” Shilpa Kshatriya, MD, FACC – Heartland Cardiology

An overview regarding knowledge and guidelines on management of hypertension. Additional recommendations of the role of physical activity and exercise in heart disease prevention will be addressed.

2. “Aortic Stenosis-TAVR” Renee Davis, Np-C – Wesley Healthcare

A presentation on Aortic Stenosis, valvular heart disease identification, management and treatment options and how advancements in these have improved outcomes for patients.

3. “Podiatry and the effect CHF had on healthy feet” Thuy Duong Thi Le, DPM – Midwest Podiatry

It is critical to consider the whole person when considering the effects of cardiovascular disease. Understanding these effects, on other systems can assist in preventive measures, early sign recognition, and proper treatment plans to meet the holistic needs of the patient.

4. “Successful Quality Outcomes Through Cardiac Rehab” Jennifer Scott Koontz, MD, & Heather Porter, RN – Newton Medical Center

This hour will help multidisciplinary teams understand the history of Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR), indications for CR, challenges and limitations, general effectiveness of exercise on health, research and background on CR effectiveness and impact on quality outcomes.

RSVP today!

If you are interested in this Continuing Education course, please contact Comfort Care  Homes today. You can reach our team by calling (316) 219-3062 or email robertm@comfortcarehomes.com

We meet at the Wichita State University Hughes Metropolitan Complex. For complete event details, including the information to include in your RSVP email, view the event brochure here.

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

Alzheimer’s Disease: Advice for Effective Communication

Friday, February 2nd, 2018 8:23:21 PM
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A person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia faces a barrage of changes as their disease progressed. Some of this includes cognitive abilities, such as memory loss. Communication skills can deteriorate and the ability to properly express oneself can become a major challenge. If your loved one has dementia, they may not be able to say how they feel, what they need, or ask for help. This situation can become frustrating for you both.

Communication is important for practical matters and personal or emotional needs. As a caregiver, you need to understand if your loved one is in pain, needs to take medication, or has eaten today. To maintain that important bond, you want to know how they feel, what they’re thinking about, that they are comfortable. Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia is challenging, but there are steps you can make to increase understanding.

Know What to Expect

Alzheimer’s damages pathways in the brain, making it difficult to find the right word or to understand what others are saying. Sometimes the right words are there but in the wrong order. Professional providers of memory comfort care Wichita, KS, are familiar with these difficulties and can help family caregivers anticipate changes. [Mayo Clinic]

Senior loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia may lose their train of thought, struggle to organize words logically, speak less often, or repeat the same word or question constantly. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, people are often able to engage in meaningful conversations but repeat the same story or feel overwhelmed by excessive stimulation.

What You Can Do to Help

When a loved one isn’t able to express themselves or say what they need, it is often frustrating for family caregivers. A once simple question may become a long explanation or hassle. What is important to remember is that your loved one’s brain simply cannot comprehend words as they once did. Your loved one, even if they were stubborn and independent before Alzheimer’s, isn’t trying to upset you. Chances are they are frustrated as well, which makes communicating all that more difficult for them.

For this reason, patience and simplicity are key. Tell you’re loved one that you are listening and trying to understand. Do not interrupt them or repeat the same question multiple times. Try to limit distractions by having one-on-one conversations in a quiet place. Simplify requests into single steps.

Comfort care Wichita, KS, advises family caregiver to remain respectful and agreeable. Avoid talking down to your loved one or talking about them as if they aren’t there. Arguing or correcting a loved one with Alzheimer’s is often futile, as they may not understand a situation as clearly as you do. Even if they are wrong, moving on to something else can be better than correcting them. [Source]

Utilize Professional Comfort Care Wichita, KS

When your loved one is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, they may lose their verbal communication skills entirely. It may become time to look into professional memory care and comfort care Wichita, KS, options. Memory care professionals are trained to utilize touch, sounds, and gestures to help seniors communicate even in late stage Alzheimer’s. Being in a community setting and simply being around others can also be beneficial for seniors who are nonverbal. The sights and sounds are stimulating and can provide comfort.

If you’re considering professional memory care services for your senior loved one, please consider ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS. Our residential homes offer a safe environment for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s to receive the specialized care they need in a welcoming environment.

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/

Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Drug Testing in Kansas

Thursday, January 25th, 2018 2:11:41 PM
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Dr. Jeffrey Burns, M.D., M.S., leads innovative research trial at University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center

For the millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their family members and loved ones, perhaps the most difficult aspect of the disease is a lack of treatment. Neurologists and medical researchers have learned an incredible amount about Alzheimer’s in recent years. Symptoms have been identified and doctors are able to more accurately diagnose the disease. However, there is still no way to completely prevent Alzheimer’s or cure it after a diagnosis.

The truth is that it’s not just those immediately affected by Alzheimer’s disease that feels the frustration caused by the mysteries that still surround the disease. For Dr. Jeffrey Burns, he views the current situation as an opportunity for research and advancement.

Dr. Burns is the co-director of the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center. His research programs at the ADC supports clinical trials testing new approaches to treating Alzheimer’s disease. A most recent program that began accepting participants in November 2017 looks to explore how Alzheimer’s can be prevented altogether, not simply treated after a diagnosis. [Source]

The research program looked to enroll 10 to 20 people in the Kansas City area in a trial for a new drug meant to delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. [Source] Dr. Burns, along with the entire KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, is one of 180 sites worldwide chosen to participate in the trial. The trial, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health, will be open to people 60 to 75 who are at high risk of Alzheimer’s because they carry a certain gene: the e4 type of the apolipoprotein E.

“People with a family history have a higher chance of having this gene,” Dr. Burns said. “That could be a signal.”

What to Know About Genetics and Alzheimer’s disease

Based on the research up to this point, scientists and medical professionals know that genes are involved in Alzheimer’s. Most experts believe that in the majority of cases, Alzheimer’s occurs as a result of genes and other risk factors such as head injury and heart health. [Source]

Genetic testing is available for individuals with a family history of Alzheimer’s or those who just want to know whether they are likely to develop the disease for other reasons. The Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry is one certified resource that helps connect individuals with a genetic disposition to Alzheimer’s disease to trials and research opportunities. To learn more about The Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry and other resources, visit their website here: https://www.endalznow.org/

Alzheimer’s Care Options in Wichita, KS

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other memory illnesses, contact ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS, to learn more about care options in your area. ComfortCare Homes has a wide network of resources for patients, family members, and caregivers. We’re happy to discuss your care options and support you and your loved one as your needs progress.

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/

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/

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