On Tuesday evening, Judson teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter for an informative presentation on understanding and responding to dementia, along with information on the memory care services that Judson provides. This educational program provided useful caregiver tips and strategies to respond to some common behaviors exhibited by individuals living with dementia.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in the United States alone, more than 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers. “The disease is a global crisis that impacts numerous families right here in our community,” says Kelsey Ott, Cleveland Walk Director at the Alzheimer’s Association. “However, no one has to face this disease alone or without information”. The Alzheimer’s Association’s program “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” covers the basics of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to provide a general overview for people who are facing a diagnosis as well as those who wish to be informed.
The Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia program:
- Explores the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
- Examines what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s.
- Details the risk factors for and three general stages of the disease.
- Identifies FDA-approved treatments available to treat some symptoms.
- Looks ahead to what is on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research.
- Offers helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources.
After the Alzheimer’s Association discussed caregiver strategies and the Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia program, Judson Sales Director Pam Trevis shared more information on Judson’s history and offerings as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), which encompasses independent and assisted living, memory care, short term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing care, home care, and hospice.
To finish off the presentation, Jessica Kulczycki, Community Life and Care Director at Judson, gave an overview of Judson’s memory care program and the five key components of the Comfort Matters® approach to memory care.
This engaging program was full of useful information for those supporting and aiding loved ones living with dementia. To watch the full program, click here (use passcode wg@@!P@0).