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Alzheimer’s Care | January 31, 2010 | By Jonita Dixon

Coping with Dementia – Professional Help in Northern California

Memory Care for Seniors with Alzheimer's & DementiaAs Americans, we place a very high value on independence and the ability to work hard and enjoy the benefits of our labor. When something interferes with our ability to take care of ourselves or the people that we care the most about, it can be very frustrating, and sometimes downright unsafe. Coping with dementia in the life of a family member or loved one is not something that anyone looks forward to or plans for, so when it strikes, it can send you reeling. That’s why it’s so important to realize that there are professional Alzheimer’s and dementia care resources available to you throughout Northern California.

Dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia can be so overwhelming that you don’t even know where to start looking for help, and if this is how you currently feel, you should know that you’re not alone. Often the symptoms of Alzheimer’s or other debilitating conditions will manifest themselves slowly over time, and the things that you once dismissed will start to stand out to you as glaring departures from how your loved one typically spoke or acted. The important thing is not to react with fear or anger, and to make sure that you start to look for help right away.

Depending on your current living situation, you might feel that the best thing to do is have your loved one or family member come to stay with you. This is a common reaction, and it can be the best thing in certain circumstances, but you have to understand that this will place a big demand on you and will encroach on your own relationships and personal life. If you’re interested in monitored health care and comfortable surroundings for your loved one, you should know that the Alzheimer’s and dementia facilities in the Bay Area are some of the most sophisticated in the country.

The most important thing about picking a facility in which you can confidently place your relative with dementia is that they need to understand that your loved one is not a number or a statistic- they are a living person with needs and desires. Our Assisted Living and Memory Care facilities are specially designed to handle these patients, and each staff member is carefully trained to help your loved one maintain a firm grip on the memories and experiences that they’ve had in their life. Each resident is encouraged to bring photos with them to help trigger memories, and we enjoy talking with them about their experiences when the moment is right.

Carlton Senior Living specializes in assisted living, Alzheimer’s and dementia care  in Sacramento, San Jose, San Leandro, Davis, Elk Grove and Pleasant Hill with a dedicated memory care community at Pleasant Hill – Poet’s Corner. For more information call 800-227-5866.