June 21, 2022
“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”Mary Anne Radmacher
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, when those whose lives have been touched by memory-impairing diseases come together and raise awareness through education and support.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect over 5 million individuals in the United States alone. If we continue this current trajectory, this number is expected to triple by the year 2050. The impact of Alzheimer’s on individuals and those who love them is astounding. Memory, personality, problem-solving, safety awareness, decision making, relationships – all these things and more are affected through no fault or choice of the individual. For families, this can feel like a loss that never seems to end. While dementia is incredibly challenging for everyone involved, there are ways that each one of us can help make a difference.
Even if you aren’t a caregiver yourself, chances are you may know someone who is. Be intentional this month to reach out; ask for tangible and practical ways you can be a comfort and support to them as they provide care for loved ones who are living with dementia. Dropping off a meal, their favorite beverage, or sending a caring text or card are wonderful ways to show your love and support.
Think of ways you can volunteer your time and friendship in your community’s Memory Care Neighborhood. Relationships are a vital, life-giving part of care for individuals living with dementia. There are many ways you can make a difference – reading aloud, listening to music together, being a mealtime companion, or sharing conversation in the sunshine are just a few ways you can engage individuals or groups in Memory Care. There is no experience necessary, a caring heart is all that you need.
Knowledge is not only power, but it is also a form of care. Help and support the people in your community and attend one of our Arrow Memory Care Support Group calls or education events to learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia. The more you know, the more help and support you can give.
We offer many in-person and virtual dementia education events, as well as our virtual support group. Connect with an Arrow community near you for more information.
If you don’t have a lot of excess time, consider purchasing a special item for the Memory Care Neighborhood. There are so many wonderful dementia engagement items available, connect with your Memory Care Director for their “wish list” items.
Join Arrow Senior Living and our communities throughout this month to honor, love, and support not only those living with dementia but their families as well. If your life is personally touched by this disease, we are here for you.
Saint Charles, Missouri-based Arrow Senior Living manages a collection of communities that offer varying levels of care including independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Each and every senior living community supports residents by focusing on dignity, respect, and quality of life. The programs and amenities offered are selected to provide only the highest standard of quality and comfort.
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