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“I’ll Be Me”: What We Can Learn About Alzheimer’s Care from Glen Campbell

Friday, October 20th, 2017 7:16:11 PM
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This November, the Kansas Education Conference on Dementia will host keynote speaker Kim Campbell. Wife and caregiver to country music star Glen Campbell, Kim will be speaking about the challenges her family faced during her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s. Glen passed away in August of this year and Kim has continued to share her honest, relatable experience with providing Alzheimer’s care for a spouse.

When Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, he and his family made the courageous decision to share their experience with filmmakers. The documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” follows Glen, Kim, and their 3 adult children on Glen’s Goodbye Tour. [Source]

Alzheimer’s is a progressive, irreversible and untreatable disease. While researchers continue their work, there is currently no cure. Many communities throughout the country participate in fundraisers like The Walk to End Alzheimer’s to contribute to the cause. But even with all of this awareness, few people truly see those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

ComfortCare Homes provides Alzheimer’s care to our senior Residents every day. Our caregivers support seniors as they forget how to do activities they once loved. We offer resources for family members who witness the drawn-out loss of loved ones who no longer recognize them.

The Glen Campbell documentary offers a unique, and often unseen, look into the wide scope of challenges brought on by Alzheimer’s disease. The “I’ll Be Me” documentary captures Glen’s final year on the road. No one knew how this decision would turn out; if Glen would be able to play, remember the lyrics, and function under the stress of tour. [Source]

Without giving away too much of the story, both Glen’s family and his medical team were astonished at how much the music seemed to benefit his Alzheimer’s care. While some of this may be attributed to his personal drive and determination, it seems that continuing to do what he loved helped Glen maintain some sense of self as his world became unfamiliar. [Source]

What We Can Learn From Glen Campbell’s Story

Although Glenn eventually passed away from Alzheimer’s disease, his story is not a hopeless one. The legacy of his career and music will live on in the hearts of Americans for years to come. His courage and that of his wife and children to share their experience has given the world a unique look into how Alzheimer’s impacts the lives of loved ones.

For those who provide Alzheimer’s care for a loved one or as a vocation, you are not alone. Feeling sad, lost, angry, and helpless are all legitimate. Finding care assistance for your loved one or participating in local support groups may help you deal with the grief of slowly losing someone to Alzheimer’s disease.

For those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or are close to someone who has, continue to do what you love. For Glen Campbell, he was still able to play the guitar even after his memory and verbal skills diminished, causing him to forget the lyrics to songs he had performed for 4 or 5 decards.

Continuing an active lifestyle surrounded by loved ones and those who provide Alzheimer’s care can help those battling the disease. This can mean maintaining hobbies like playing an instrument, knitting, reading, and taking walks. As the disease progresses, simply listening to favorite music can provide comfort.

What we can learn most from the Glen Campbell story is a breakthrough attitude about Alzheimer’s disease. Kim Campbell continues to share her insights on caregiving, particular what it is like to provide Alzheimer’s care for a spouse. She stresses the importance of caring for yourself and knowing when to reach out for help.

ComfortCare Homes proudly offers expert Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Wichita, KS. We are happy to speak with you about your care options and any resources you and your loved one may need. Continue to check our blog for updates and contact us with any questions!

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/

Why I Walk – Taylor Hutton

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 2:13:58 PM
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Taylor is the daughter of one of our Residents at Comfort Care Homes in Wichita, KS. Here’s her story:

Alzheimer’s is a word that has been around in my family since 1984 when my grandmother Jo Anna got diagnosed with Early On-Set Alzheimer’s at the age of 47. After that, 3 of her children were also diagnosed with Early On-Set, including my own mother who was diagnosed at the age of 49.

6 years later and she now has severe Alzheimer’s and has been in a home for the past 3 years. She still tells jokes, loves her dog, and loves spending time with her 3 daughters and 5 grandkids.

Even though Alzheimer’s has taken a lot of her, deep down she is still my mom who I love dearly.

She is my reason to end Alzheimer’s. #fightlikeaknight

Help Taylor by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

Seniors Can Find Comfort and Companionship at Alzheimer’s Facilities in Wichita, KS

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 6:22:48 PM
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Discover how pet therapy can help a beloved elder in your life

One of the hardest things in life can be seeing a friend or loved one suffer from the effects of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Fortunately, with Alzheimer’s facilities available, your loved one can get the care and support they need.

We understand the difficulties that can come with senior care, and one of the biggest is problems with memory and cognition. As we age, many things can get weaker, and our memory is no different. Fortunately, that’s where pet therapy can help. Pet therapy is when seniors or other people with assisted living needs are given a pet to take care of some of the time. Having an animal to take care of and spend time with has been shown to help seniors get through difficult days, as well as reduce the effects of depression and anxiety. Because of this, many Alzheimer’s facilities in the area offer pet therapy services and have many four legged friends to keep our guests company.

Additionally, pets have been shown to help seniors in several ways besides those listed above. Some of these include:

  • Pets can have a calming effect that can lower blood pressure and heart rate
  • Pets can reduce stress levels as well as increase serotonin production which helps mood stability
  • Exposure to animal dander can help improve immune system function
  • The friendly companionship of animals can help reduce feelings of isolation or anxiety
  • The presence of a pet can help curb behavior issues in many seniors
  • Several studies have shown that having a pet helps improve Alzheimer’s patient’s appetites, which can have long term benefits on their health

As you can see, having a pet around is good for everyone, and especially for those in Alzheimer’s facilities.

 

ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, KS provides memory care services to the following cities and neighborhoods:

Wichita, Derby, Augusta, El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson, Pretty Prairie, Kingman, Norwich, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, and the surrounding areas of Kansas.

The Healthy Link Between Fitness and Alzheimer’s Care

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 8:54:17 PM
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Exercise and Alzheimer’s Care, may not seem like it, but the two go hand in hand. Fitness is one of the few things that a person can do to not only help to prevent the oncoming symptoms of memory loss diseases, but it has been shown that there is a beneficial link when routine fitness is added to an individual’s care plan. More importantly, there is a link between increased fitness and decreased brain atrophy, which is so common with Alzheimer’s. This means that if you have a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s, you can be sure that improving activity levels for them can possibly help them fight off the symptoms of memory and cognition reduction.

Alzheimer’s Care Professionals Promote Active Lifestyles

The reason that professional eldercare aides promote active lifestyles for seniors is because fitness can have a positive impact on all health issues for an aging individual. Exercise and being active can improve blood pressure, lower glucose levels, increase natural tiredness that results in better sleep and even improve the brain power of an individual. Additionally, the added activity during the daytime can improve natural sleep cycles, and reduce the likelihood of sundowners.

Little Changes for Big Results

Over the last several years, more and more advanced studies have been done on what causes and may alleviate the symptoms of the disease. While research is still being done, many Senior care professionals believe that while exercise is crucial in Alzheimer’s care, it does not have to be a strenuous activity or require a lot of time. Rather, it is actually most effective in combating the disease when done on a regular basis, while combined with mental activity, increased social activity, and a diet that supports healthy brain function.

Integrating Fitness with Alzheimer’s Care

There are many exercise options available that can be done by seniors on their own, or with the help of a caregiver. We recommend 20-30 minutes a day, but speak to your primary care provider before starting a fitness regime. Some of these options include Water aerobics for a low impact option in a class setting, walking or hiking for an easy way to get activity, or daily stretching or geriatric yoga to help restore balance and flexibility.

ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, KS provides memory care services to the following cities and neighborhoods:

Wichita, Derby, Augusta, El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson, Pretty Prairie, Kingman, Norwich, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, and the surrounding areas of Kansas.

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