Helping to change the standard of care for those with Alzheimer's or dementia
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When a loved one is stricken with Alzheimer’s or dementia, life can become pretty difficult. Thankfully, care homes like Hale Kūʻike specialize in and raise the standard of memory care here on Oahu.
Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Each person living with dementia is unique, but in general they start to show signs of not being able to do things they used to be able to do easily. When you start to see patterns of changes, such as getting lost going to a familiar place, repetitive questions, or changes in judgement, don’t write it off to just old age. It’s important to get your loved one to a geriatrician do get a good cognitive workup. The physician can help figure out if the changes you are seeing are dementia or something else.
Dorothy Colby is a certified trainer in memory care and the director of community engagement at Hale Kūʻike. Having worked there since 2005, she has helped residents and their families navigate through the course of the disease. If you’re a caregiver, or if someone in your family is experiencing memory loss, she says it’s important to start with understanding that the person living with dementia is doing the very best they can each and every day.
“They cannot help the changes that are happening to their brain and how it affects their perception of the world around them,” she explains.
As a family member or caregiver, having a loved one who needs this type of specialized care can be stressful, and that’s why it’s important to build a personal support team as early as possible in the journey with dementia. No one person can go it alone without getting burned out and suffering the physical and emotional consequences of stress. Finding those around you who can help give you breaks to be able to care for yourself and recharge is crucial.
For more information: Halekuike.com