Dementia Care – Improving Quality of Life
Harmony is dedicated to providing not only care and comfort, but also a true “human connection” for people living within the world of dementia. Providing exceptional dementia care is a goal that Harmony strives to achieve each and every day. In essence, we are committed to ensuring the individual “personhood” of each resident who lives at Pheasant Ridge Memory Center by trying to see and understand the world through their eyes rather than expecting them to adapt to ours.
Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to diseases that cause memory problems. There are about 60 different diseases that cause dementia.
The most common are:
- Alzheimer’s- (most common form)
- Vascular (strokes)
- Lewy Body
- Pick’s Disease-(frontal lobe)
- Korsakoff Syndrome-(alcohol induced)
Dementia is a disease; it is not something that is a “normal” part of the aging process. There is no cure for dementia, however, quality care by knowledgeable caregivers, a pleasant, stimulating environment and certain medications can provide symptomatic relief.
- Over 4 Million people in the U.S. have a disabling cognitive impairment
- 1 in 25 people age 65 to 74 will develop dementia
- 1 in 5 people age 75-84 will develop dementia
- 1 in 2 people age 85+ will develop dementia
Dementia is not a contagious disease. There is a hereditary link, but environmental factors, diet, and lifestyle are believed to contribute to the development of the disease as well.