The Kensington Sierra Madre understands how an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis impacts the entire family.
In efforts to continually share support, resources, and awareness, The Kensington Sierra Madre is pleased to present a dynamic panel discussion featuring Lauren Miller-Rogen of Hilarity for Charity and brain experts from Cedars Sinai, UCLA, Stanford, and more.
RSVP here to join us on Nov. 10 for the virtual event “Care. Cure. Prevent,” for expert discussions on the impact of brain disease on families, what to do after diagnosis, and how to navigate the challenges to come.
November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Read on to learn more about the latest breakthroughs in research and treatments, and how our community is there for you and your family every step of the way following diagnosis.
How to navigate life after a loved one receives dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis
An Alzheimer’s disease or dementia diagnosis can cause a range of difficult emotions in both those who are diagnosed and their families.
You may be wondering what’s going to happen to your loved one, and what you can do to make sure they’re safe and receiving the proper care throughout the progression of the disease.
During the event, panelists will explore how to navigate family dynamics following a diagnosis, as well as the myths and facts about Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The first step after diagnosis is to learn as much as you can about the disease, its progression, and how it will affect your loved one.
Consider creating a care plan for your loved one with your closest family so everyone understands their role and what to expect.
Understand that your family members will respond in different ways. Approach your loved ones with compassion and an open heart. You’re all in this together.
Connecting with a memory care community such as The Kensington Sierra Madre also will help you prepare for what’s to come. We offer several caregiver resources and events to help with the transition to memory care.
Alzheimer’s disease hereditary risk factors and their impact
If you have a parent or sibling who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, are you at an increased risk?
Panelists will discuss these factors during the Zoom event, plus tips to keep your brain healthy and strong.
Experts have identified genes that could potentially increase the risk of family members developing Alzheimer’s or dementia, but this does not mean you’re guaranteed to develop the disease.
Currently, there is no definitive cause of Alzheimer’s. Researchers believe Alzheimer’s develops as a result of several factors, including lifestyle factors, environmental factors, and genetics.
If you believe you’re at risk, experts say healthy lifestyle changes that support your overall health and wellness may help slow or prevent cognitive decline.
Lifestyle changes include a brain-healthy diet, regular physical and mental exercise, and frequent social activity.
The Kensington Sierra Madre offers numerous programs and services to help our residents boost their overall health and quality of life.
Our services include:
- Rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational, and speech therapies
- Life enrichment programs tailored to resident interests and preferences
- Nutritious gourmet dining
- Regularly scheduled outings in the community
We encourage independence and confidence while understanding when it’s time to step in to help and when we need to step back.
The latest breakthroughs in research and treatment
Scientists are making consistent strides in understanding and treating Alzheimer’s disease.
In the past year, two exciting breakthroughs in particular have made headlines in the Alzheimer’s and dementia community.
Early in the year, a study was released on a new blood test that’s able to detect the presence of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain.
These proteins are consistently found in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
In September, two pharmaceutical companies unveiled that a drug they are developing for Alzheimer’s was able to slow the rate of cognitive decline in a late-stage clinical trial.
How The Kensington Sierra Madre devotes care to benefit both seniors and their families
There are a lot of personalities and considerations involved in the care of a loved one.
Establishing a care plan soon after your loved one’s diagnosis will ensure that everyone involved understands their role, and receives the proper support.
Navigating family dynamics during the planning phase of a loved one’s care can be difficult.
To avoid conflict, make sure everyone involved feels heard, and try your best to understand where your family members are coming from.
Keeping communication open and kind will help those involved to feel as if they have a voice—including yourself.
Serving as a caregiver for a loved one experiencing memory loss is challenging. Make sure you have a support network built up to help you as you navigate the changes to come.
Lean on The Kensington community for support as well—we understand the unique challenges Alzheimer’s caregivers face, and can help you smoothly transition your loved one to expert memory care.
The Kensington Sierra Madre, partners in caregiving
The Kensington Sierra Madre Promise is to love and care for our residents as we do our own family.
Our memory care includes two specialized “neighborhoods,” Connections and Haven, that are designed to provide a full range of support and security.
In our community, your loved one will experience true “aging in place,” where no matter how their care needs change over time, they have a home with us.
Our team of loving, caring, talented individuals works tirelessly to ensure our residents are receiving the best, most personalized care, while also having fun and developing real relationships with each person.
Memory care is about meeting a person where they are and working together to achieve the highest quality of life possible.
Let your voice be heard in our community, and let us share with you our passion to serve.