Memory Loss – What’s normal?

Mild memory loss is perfectly normal as we age. Forgetting where you put your keys or temporarily “losing” the car in a parking lot happens to many of us and is no cause for concern. But when memory loss begins to disrupt daily life, it may be time to see a doctor. According to the Alzheimer’s Association website alz.org, there are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s…

The Alzheimer’s Association defines Alzheimer’s as a “brain disease that causes slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.” There’s no cure for the disease, but with early detection, you can get the maximum benefit from available treatments. You can also plan ahead. Different treatments focus on different aspects and may even slow or delay the symptoms of the disease. By treating common behavioral symptoms like anger, anxiety or depression, people living with Alzheimer’s can be more comfortable and enjoy a better quality of life.

10 warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s from the Alzheimer’s Association:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

*Information on the 10 signs from Alz.org, the Alzheimer’s Association.

 


Asa’s Neighborhood — our specialized Memory Care Neighborhood

Welcome to an environment specially designed for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss. The spaces are warm and comfortable and feel much like a household in Asa’s Neighborhood. Sunny, light-filled Double, Single and Corner floor plan suites open up to friendly social areas that include a family room, dining room and kitchen, a sunroom and an activities room.

We’ve taken advantage of the latest in memory care research and considered all the options and breakthroughs to create a place that feels just right. Highly specialized care in Asa’s Neighborhood begins with an individualized evaluation. From this study, our team learns the likes, dislikes and level of function for each person. They create a personalized plan of care based on each person’s preferences. Stimulating programs and meaningful activities are incorporated into everyday life. And the focus is always on building confidence and success.

To learn more about our philosophy and person-centered programs, please call Texie Marks, our marketing director, at (757) 772-0155, or fill out a contact form online.

See how residents spend their days by going to the Activities and Events Calendar for a look at a month’s worth of fun at Asa’s Neighborhood.


Memory Care Neighborhood Waiting List Now Forming

Construction on our new memory care neighborhood —named Asa’s Neighborhood (in honor of Asa Johnson, a longtime friend, supporter, board member and resident of The Village) — is nearing completion this summer.

Staffed with warm, welcoming professionals who will treat residents like they were family, this new memory care neighborhood will introduce a whole new dimension to senior living in Franklin. Based on a neighborhood model, and utilizing the very latest in memory care concepts and programs, Asa’s Neighborhood will allow men and women with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia to live in a familiar-feeling environment where they can thrive while feeling both secure and valued.

Advance reservations are now being accepted for the 15 available suites.  Call The Village at 757-562-3100 to schedule a personal visit.