Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: How to HelpJune 26, 2020
Here at Blue Harbor Senior Living, we are passionate about providing exceptional Memory Care. Our team works hard to create programming designed to improve brain health and help create a better quality of life for aging adults affected by Alzheimer’s.
Within our Memory Care programs, we always find ways to make sure our activities areenjoyable and accessible to those who may be struggling with memory loss or dementia-related symptoms. Activities like listening to music or engaging in crafts like knitting can be so healing!
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. We want to share some ways to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s, resources for how to get involved in the prevention, and ways to improve the quality of life for those impacted by Alzheimer’s.
When it comes to understanding Alzheimer’s, education is a top priority! Take the time to learn more about Alzheimer’s and brain health.
What are some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and what causes Alzheimer’s?
A few resources include:
Join the fight against Alzheimer’s! If you are a healthy adult, you can join clinical trials to help medical specialists learn how to prevent and treat this progressive disease. Alzheimers.net talks about 7 things you can do to stop Alzheimer’s in 2020.
Additionally, when we look at some of the causes of Alzheimer’s, we can start to identify different ways to prevent the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s—or at least find ways to slow its progression.
Some risk factors for Alzheimer’s include social isolation, depression, a sedentary lifestyle, and heart disease. A few resources to address these risks include:
- Benefits of community as we age
- Benefits of lifelong learning (learning new things is a great way to ‘flex’ your brain!)
- Benefits of knitting for brain health
- See exercise, sleep, & nutrition tips in sections below (all ESSENTIAL parts of self-care and prevention!)
#3 Stay Healthy
One way to improve your brain health is to eat well, exercise regularly, and sleep soundly.
Looking for ways to do all 3? Let’s take a look at some True Blue blogs to check out:
- Superfoods to incorporate into your diet
- Add foods that are designed to help fight inflammation, such as ginger, lemon, and turmeric. On our blog, here’s a great list.
- Get regular exercise. Check out our ideas for staying active in quarantine!
- Keep a great morning routine.
#4 Empathize & Communicate
Learn different ways to improve the way you communicate with those who may be facing memory loss. You can review our tips for caregivers and loved ones here.
Also, find activities that help seniors facing memory loss. A few ideas include cooking, hand massage, or singing. Feel free to check out our list of fun activities on our blog!
To improve your ability to care for a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s, be sure to review the tips for preventing wandering, too.
#5 Donate & Walk
You may want to donate to Alzheimer’s organizations, or find a Walk to End Alzheimer’s in your neighborhood. You can read this heartwarming story about our resident Janet who inspired her Blue Harbor community to start raising money for the cause! She’s featured as the main image on this blog for a reason; what a rockstar!
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