November 18, 2022

The Kentridge Senior Living Concentrates on Alzheimer’s Awareness

Category: Memory Care

Author: Lisa Moore, Memory Care Director

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, bringing the plight of those facing the diagnosis, and the need for a cure, to the forefront. Today, there are more than 6.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease, and while research continues, a cure is yet to be identified. Arrow Senior Living is working to heighten awareness of Alzheimer’s disease during the month of November through discussion and education.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and progressively worsens. A common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events. As the disease advances, problems with language, disorientation, mood swings, loss of motivation, self-neglect, and behavioral issues occur. Gradually bodily functions are lost, and the results are terminal.

Currently there isn’t a cure for Alzheimer’s. There are medications that can treat the symptoms and help slow the progression, but nothing to reverse the effects or cure the disease. In the meantime, interventions to prevent the onset and progression are thought to be important, such as intellectual activities (playing chess and word games) as well as social interaction.

We can help and engage individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. For me, getting to know my residents is the most important thing I can do to help them navigate their journey. By knowing as much as possible about them, their past, and their family will enable me to gain and build their trust and the ability to work with them. It’s like reaching into a magic bag and bringing up a name, an experience, or a memory that can turn a stressful situation into a calming one.

Our Memory Care Neighborhood is very family-like, which I feel is a huge benefit for those that live here. There is a sense of belonging, where names of everyone are known and families are welcomed. Visiting members often interact, care about, and include the other residents in their visits. The many events we have keep them engaged, active, feeling important, and purposeful. 

At The Kentridge Senior Living we continue to increase our knowledge of Alzheimer’s through ongoing education, so we can better empower those living with the disease and help their families to better cope. Our Memory Care Neighborhoods maintain awareness of this disease, while offering engagement, safety, and comfort to our residents.

The KentRidge Senior Living in Kent, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near University Hospital Portage Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation Inc, Stow-Kent Shopping Center, Kent State Univeristy Museum, The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, and Mad Cap Brewing Company.

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