“When the world is so complicated the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.”
In this life, we learn early on, that acquiring knowledge is the best way to keep ourselves informed. It would come as no surprise that when we or someone we love receives a diagnosis of a health related ailment we instinctively begin to enlighten ourselves on what potentially could happen, what might have caused this diagnosis and ultimately how best to proceed forward with the treatment of it. At this time there are 327,178,060 Americans living in the United States and 5.7 million of them have been diagnosed and are living with Alzheimer’s. The devastation of facing a diagnosis such as Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t permit them to expand their knowledge. In fact, it is truly a disease that in its entirety is selfish. It robs the person of not only their memories from years past, but also sabotages their ability to gain insight on the situation, thus hindering them from making new memories.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most recognized cause of dementia. The symptoms progress from on-set and impede upon the person’s ability to maintain memory, think and therefore engage appropriately in social situations. Although we have become aware of the progression of this disease and the potential for what it can create, we have yet to find a cure. The treatments that exist allow the dementia related symptoms to temporarily slow in their development thus creating a slightly higher quality of life for the patient.
At Carlton Senior Living we understand that Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia present a unique and difficult set of care challenges for seniors and their families. Many families caring for loved ones with memory loss and cognitive impairment find, however, that when the stress of daily care is removed by moving a loved one into memory care, loving relationships often can be re-established and can flourish.
Carlton Senior Living’s person-centered approach to memory care values all people as unique, we recognize individual viewpoints and honor the connections between us all. We use best practices in dementia care as well as state-of-the-art sensory integration and therapeutic programming.
It is imperative, during the initial time of diagnosis to seek out support that can strive to uplift our spirits, help to maintain our strength and ultimately give us something greater than ourselves to believe in and be a part of. This need for support is why the Alzheimer’s Association exists; it is the leading voluntary health organization in care, support and research of Alzheimer’s.
“Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.” – Alzheimer’s Association
In the Sacramento, East Bay Area and Silicon Valley, during the month of September and October Carlton associates, residents, family members and friends will join together to take a step forward. The commitment we will make to unite on Saturday September 29th, October 13th or October 20th will symbolize not only that we intend to spread the power of awareness but that we share in the hope for a cure. Therefore we walk and we remember their love when they can no longer remember themselves. If you are interested in joining a walk, please consider signing up with a Carlton team.
In a world that becomes extremely complicated, as the mind begins to deteriorate, we are reminded that a smile can provoke a smile, a handshake can trigger a response and a hug is still the kindest gift that one person can give another. Maria Shriver said it best, the simple gift of friendship is truly within all of our hands to be extended out and received by one another.