As seniors age, it can become more difficult to know when a move to memory care is on the horizon. In fact, the signs of dementia can be confusing or very easily missed. Unlike many other health conditions, dementia can progress gradually, leaving you to not see many changes at first or even realize your loved one may be facing other health problems that symptoms of dementia can cause. This is why it’s important to talk to your loved one’s doctor and pay very close attention to their behavior, especially if you become suspicious that they may be dealing with dementia.

According to Cynthia Villalovoz, Family Advisor at Astoria Senior Living at Oakdale, an assisted living and memory care community in Oakdale, CA, dementia can impact seniors differently than you’d expect. “Dementia does not affect all seniors in the same way. Depending on the form of dementia your loved one may have, its progression and various symptoms, your loved one may act differently than anyone you’ve known who has been diagnosed with dementia,” says Cynthia. “While common symptoms can include memory loss that interferes with everyday life, confusion, difficulty completing familiar tasks and poor judgment, your loved one may also face issues such as sundowning, agitation, wandering and personality changes. It’s important to know what you could expect in order to determine if your loved one may be dealing with memory loss or not.”

When to Consider a Memory Care Community for a Loved One with Dementia

If your loved one’s memory loss begins to impact both you or your loved one’s daily life, it may become necessary to look into a memory care community for your loved one. Because dementia can be different for everyone, you may be unsure when it’s time to search, but generally, the sooner the better. This not only can help to involve your loved one in the plans but it can also ensure everyone is on the same page as their disease progresses. If you begin to notice the following signs, consider searching for a memory care community.

  • Safety is beginning to decrease. Are you beginning to worry about your loved one’s safety more and more? The number one concern families have about a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is their safety. This is because seniors with dementia often become confused, wander and may easily become agitated or aggressive, putting them into all sorts of unsafe or dangerous situations. Are you noticing more falls and accidents? This can be a sign they may no longer be safe at home.
  • You are experiencing caregiver burnout. If you or a loved one are caring for a senior with dementia, it’s likely you could be suffering from caregiver burnout and stress. Unfortunately, caring for a loved one with dementia can be exhausting, overwhelming and difficult, which could leave the caregiver’s physical and mental health to suffer over time. This can affect the care your loved one receives, so if you are finding yourself burnt out, a memory care community can help you ensure your loved one receives the care they deserve.
  • Health needs are beginning to increase. Is your loved one still able to take care of themselves? If not, consider a memory care community. If they can no longer dress or bathe themselves, remember to take medication, get around on their own or remember where they are, it’s a sign their memory loss has progressed to a point they should no longer live alone.
  • Your loved one is feeling isolated or depressed.  Do you notice you can’t take your mom out to eat or shop because her behavior is unpredictable? Do others visit your loved one less because they don’t know how to act around someone who has dementia? Is this causing your loved one to become depressed? Looking into memory care can help. Professional memory care staff are trained to use distraction, redirection and other techniques to keep residents calm and safe, and they also provide appropriate activities and stimulation – including frequent outings – that can help your loved one feel less isolated and connect more.
  • Unexplained physical changes are occurring. Are you noticing that your loved one looks different? If you begin to notice weight changes, frailty, hunched posture and difficulty moving, it could indicate your loved one’s health is declining. If they are forgetting to eat, caring less about their appearance and their confidence is lacking, it may be time to look into memory care.

If you believe your loved one with dementia may benefit from a memory care community, talk to the team at Astoria Senior Living at Oakdale. They can help you determine if memory care will be a good option for your loved one and help you explore your options, including their secure memory care community. Call to schedule a visit today at 209•395•0900.

Be inspired to live a vibrant lifestyle.

Offering supportive assisted living and memory care, Astoria Senior Living at Oakdale is Oakdale’s only assisted living residence and one of the few memory care communities in the area to offer a secure neighborhood. Located in one of the friendliest small towns in California, near the Sierra Nevada foothills and Yosemite National Park, Oakdale was the perfect area to place our vibrant, life-enriching and supportive community.

At Astoria Senior Living at Oakdale, we provide assisted living and memory care set in an active, engaging environment that not only meets our residents’ needs but makes them, as well as their families, feel more at home. Although we believe our gorgeous community is a plus, we truly believe it’s our programming and caring, dedicated staff that makes Oakdale home. With our person-centered approach to care, our residents experience days full of joy and meaning. Whether we are learning each resident’s life story, their values, preferences and their likes and dislikes, we can easily customize care and make meaningful connections that help to provide our residents with the inspiration to make the most of each day.

Our LifeCycles wellness programming encourages residents to connect, engage and enjoy each day. Designed to focus on the four dimensions of wellness: physical, social, spiritual and intellectual, LifeCycles programming engages residents, which allows them to connect and embrace their sense of adventure. Through our daily activities and routines, which can include daily bus rides, cookouts, trips and other special events, the peace of mind of care and the personalized approach of our team, our residents have the tools and care they need to make each day fulfilling, engaging and vibrant. Contact us to learn more today!

Call us at 209•395•0900 for more information or to schedule a personal visit.

Astoria Senior Living is part of the Agemark family of senior living communities.