Go Purple For Alzheimer’s This June

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month to support those living with memory loss, recognize their caregivers, raise awareness and funds for research to end Alzheimer’s.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 47 million people worldwide are living with dementia. In Virginia Alzheimer’s cases are expected to increase 35.7 percent from 140,000 in 2010 to about 190,000 in 2025.

Everyone at the The Memory Centers in Virginia Beach, Richmond and Atlanta encourage you to learn the facts,  recognize the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and help spread the word to friends and family.

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The Alzheimer’s Association makes it easy to learn more about this disease, get involved and show your support. 

Wearing Purple and Getting Social

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Wear purple any day in June or better yet, take a photo of you, your friends, family or even pets wearing purple. Share your photo on Twitter on Istagram with the hashtags #ENDALZ or #MyAlzStory then head to alz.org/abam/#takeAction to see your in the gallery. 

You can even use this graphic as your profile picture on social media and encourage your friends to do the same.

Forming or Joining a Longest Day Team

The Longest Day is an event to raise funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the journey of those living with the disease, their caregivers and loved ones.

Anyone can form a team and create an event, no matter where you live. Just choose the activity for your team then start fundraising. On June 21st your team will work together from sunrise to sunset. You can sing, kayak, walk, paint, crochet – you name it. Click for a list of ideas from the Alzheimer’s Association.

If you miss the deadline to form a team you can still join a team. Click to find teams near you.

Learning More

Don’t miss your chance to help. Gather your friends and visit alz.org/abam/#goPurple to find out more about turning the world purple in June, get the facts and find out what you can do to help.
















Don’t Be Embarrassed About Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult for children, teens, children even adults to understand. There will be times you grandma doesn’t seem like she used to. Or without warning she may get confused, agitated or even angry to the point of accusing you of stealing. And it may happen when you are out in public, at church, the grocery store, or at a family gathering.  Even though you know Alzheimer’s is the cause, it is common to be embarrassed about it. 

While you can’t stop behavior changes due to Alzheimer’s, there are tips to help you better manage the situation.

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Think About It From Their Perspective

Alzheimer’s progressively destroys brain cells over time, so during the early stages many people living with the disease do recognize something is wrong.  They may know they are supposed to recognize you, but they can’t. Imagine how frustrating and scary that would be. 

It is important to put yourself in their shoes and think about how you might react if your world suddenly didn’t make sense or you were in a position where you realized you should know someone – even a close family member – but just couldn’t remember who they were or what they meant to you.

Adjust Social Routines

Everyone needs social interaction, even those living with memory loss. But as the disease progresses unfamiliar places and social interactions can become scary and more become difficult to manage.

Consider hosting the monthly family dinner at your house, or the home of a close friend instead of meeting at a new restaurant. Consider a familiar locale for the family vacation and stick to visiting favorite landmarks and attractions.

While each day is different, through many stages of Alzheimer’s it is likely your loved one will feel more comforted and peaceful with the familiar vs. something new that might trigger fear or agitation.  

Have A Sense Of Humor

While Alzheimer’s and dementia are serious, as a family member of friend keeping a sense of humor makes a big difference. Let’s face it, there are times you just have to find humor in the situation. It can lighten the mood not only for yourself, but also for your family and your loved one suffering from memory loss. 

And don’t forget is human nature to pick up on the emotions of others around you and this is no different for those living with memory loss. Getting embarrassed or anxious when grandma says the wrong thing can even make the situation worse as she picks up on your rising level of anxiety.

Sometimes it is just best to whisper a quiet apology, laugh and move on.

Don’t Argue

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys memory.  If someone can’t remember, recalls something differently, or is convinced the neighbor stole their favorite pen, don’t spend time arguing or trying to convince them otherwise.  Even if they end up agreeing with you today it is no guarantee they will remember it tomorrow.  Instead try reassuring them or even asking questions about the memory they are recalling. 

Read more tips from The Memory Center or read more about activities that can help ease Alzheimer’s boredom.  


What To Expect In Middle Stage Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease is typically referred to in three stages. Early, middle and late stage.  Many people are familiar with the early (or mild) and the late (or severe) stages, but not sure what to expect from the middle stage. 

Moderate, or middle stage, Alzheimer’s is generally the longest stage of the disease with some living in the stage for several years.

As the disease progresses family members and caregivers may notice behaviors such as:

  • Needing assistance performing daily tasks such as bathing or dressing
  • Difficulty following a conversation or remembering details about what day it is or their family history
  • Withdrawing from social situations
  • Behavior or more frequent mood changes including becoming agitated, suspicious of others
  • Changes in sleep patterns such as wanting to sleep more during the day, and difficulty sleeping at night

Safety concerns become an issue at this stage and caregivers or loved ones may have to initiate tough alz communities in virginiaconversations.  Taking away car keys, moving in with family members or hiring around the clock care for example. Wandering, a typical Alzheimer’s behavior, may appear and should be taken as a serious safety concern. 

Caring For Someone In Middle Stage Alzheimer’s

Caring for someone at this stage becomes increasingly demanding.  As the disease progresses caregivers become responsible for day-to-day tasks such as helping the person get dressed, grooming, shopping, meals, household chores, transportation, keeping them occupied and much more. 

Many caregivers become so busy taking care of their loved one they start to ignore their own needs such as not getting enough sleep, not exercising, not socializing with friends, or taking the breaks they need.  To be a good caregiver you need time away and shouldn’t feel guilty about asking trusted friends, neighbors or even hiring help on a regular basis to give you a break.

If you haven’t already, develop a daily schedule and try to stick to it the best you can.  Life with Alzheimer’s often comes with surprises, but having a routine helps makes sense of the day and can provide reassurance to your loved one.  Each day should also include activities that provide a sense of purpose and can be adapted to the person’s abilities or mood. 

Activities such as taking a walk, working in the garden, listening to music, sorting playing cards, clipping coupons or folding laundry are ideas.

Read more about daily activities at The Memory Center communities or tips for Alzheimer’s caregivers.







How Long Can Someone With Alzheimer’s Live At Home

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If you have a spouse or family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia you are probably wondering  how long they will be able to live at home and how much help they will need.

Alzheimer’s disease can progress slowly and during the early to mid-stages of the disease living at home with help is possible.  Even so, many caregivers find it necessary to enlist family members, nurses or home health-care aids to help.  Not only so their loved one can remain at home longer but also give the caregiver routine breaks to rest, exercise or catch up with friends.

alzhiemer's care johns creek gaAs Alzheimer’s continues to progressive it impacts more than just memory.  It affects brain functions including sense of perception and balance, behavior, bodily functions and other systems.  Eventually the person will no longer be able to live without around the clock care.  They may no longer be able to dress themselves, feed themselves or even use the restroom without help or supervision. 

At this stage even with hired part-time help, living at home becomes less of an option.  It and can even become a safety concern and care in a residential facility becomes necessary.

Even though most caregivers find it a hard subject to discuss, it is important to research residential care options early, even if you think you won’t need them.  Waiting to research options until there is a crisis, such as a fall, can leave you scrambling to find quality care quickly.  

Most residential facilities have a waiting list so it is a good idea to find one that best suits your needs and get on the waiting list early.  In most cases if a room becomes available and you aren’t ready to move in, you can remain on the waiting list and have the community contact you when the next room becomes available.

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About The Memory Centers

The Memory Center communities in Richmond, Virginia Beach and Johns Creek provide exceptional care for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  Founded as the first assisted living facilities devoted specifically to memory care, our program is designed to meet the challenging conditions of an aging brain with a caring, interactive community.

Our custom programs and activities are designed to inspire purpose, validate actions and invigorate while providing the highest quality of life for residents.  Functional and fun are key components of our activities – and we encourage family members and spouses to take an active role in their loved one’s care or join us for daily activities.

Read more about Alzheimer’s and dementia care or ask us a question or schedule a tour.

Dealing with Alzheimer’s Sleep Changes

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Sleep problems aren’t uncommon in the senior population, but for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia   sleep changes including insomnia or late-night restlessness are more common.  

As Alzheimer’s progresses, it can cause the individual’s circadian rhythm to get off-kilter, reversing or rotating the body’s natural sleep/wake cycles.  Then, there is the lack of physical exercise, or other health issues which can result in a body that can’t seem to ever get a good night’s sleep. 

As a caregiver, coping with an Alzheimer’s sleep problems can be taxing.  Nighttime is often a trigger for  sundowning which can lead to agitated or even angry, resentful or disturbing behavior from a patient or loved one.  Additionally, lack of sleep can exacerbate the side effects Alzheimer’s side effects, while a night of restful sleep can result in a person who is more calm, relaxed and peaceful the next day.

If Alzheimer’s sleep changes are an issue, these tips can help you establish healthier sleep habits.

Get Enough Exercise

If the individual is physically able, work within their ability and interests and aim for at least 30-minutes of physical activity every day.  This may be as simple as a walk around the block,  gardening, or attending a yoga class. 

For those in a wheelchair or bed-bound, stationery exercises will get their muscles moving.  Stationary exercises  can be done in a chair or bed – using weights, stretching, manual motion and exercise bands. When done correctly, these exercises can maintain or even improve muscle tone, bone density and range of motion.  We recommend reading, Chair Exercises and Limited Mobility Fitness to get started. You can also a doctor for a physical therapist who specializes in Alzheimer’s and/or senior care for a list of appropriate exercises and equipment.

If the person has been completely or mostly stationery up to this point, adding regular exercise can also lead to positive change in mood, digestion and even cognition as the result of increased circulation and engagement.

Limit Caffeine, Nicotine and Alcohol

Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol are all stimulants, known to interrupt sleep and relaxation patterns. 

While limiting caffeine intake after lunchtime helps, remember caffeine may remain in the bloodstream for eight or more hours.  Thus, cutting it out completely – replacing teas and coffees with decaf versions – is recommended. Keep in mind that even decaffeinated coffee or black tea contains small amounts of caffeine.

Natural Light Is Important

Human circadian rhythms evolved in the presence of sunlit days and dark nights. Evidence from multiple studies, shows artificial light can muck up this system. Even dim lights at night will interrupt the brain’s melatonin production, essential to experiencing healthy sleep cycles.

memory care midlothian vaGetting your patient or loved one outside is optimal, but even spending a few hours each day next to a window – or using natural daylight as the predominant light source before sunset – can help to preserve the body’s natural rhythm.  At The Memory Centers our Town Center is filled with natural light, one during nice weather we take advantage of our secure walking paths and courtyard.

Once the sun sets, find the balance between dim lighting that facilitates the brain’s natural sleep cycle and safety lighting. Or consider using red night-lights that are often less likely to disturb the body’s biochemical sleep processes.

Maintain Regular Schedules

Consistency is key in maintaining healthy sleep patterns. If a patient struggles to sleep soundly, make it a practice to wake them up, observe mealtimes and begin the bedtime routine at the same time each day. This helps to “train” the circadian rhythm.  Read more tips on developing a schedule.

Limit Screen Time Before Bed 

The blue light and images emanating from TV, tablet and smartphone screens can act as a stimulant and make it more difficult for the brain to wind down. Sleep experts recommend turning off all televisions and ceasing any other screen activity for at least 30-minutes before bedtime.

Make The Bed A Sleep-Only Zone

If eating, watching TV and staying in bed too much during the day the becomes the normal habitat, it can make bedtime a more restless experience. 

If possible, make the bed a sleep-only zone, and have your loved one move to their chair or a couch if they’re awake or feeling restless. This promotes a healthy, sleep-oriented relationship with the bed.

Address Comfort Concerns

Any pain or discomfort can exacerbate insomnia. Test the patient’s bed – is it comfortable? Is the room too warm or too cold? Are they hungry or thirsty?  Do they have the right amount of pillows?  All of these factors can make it difficult to sleep.  Also pay attention to movements or facial expressions to assess if pain might be an issue. 

You Aren’t Alone

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is challenging – but it helps to know you aren’t alone.  Talking to friends or family on a regular basis, taking breaks, or even participating in an online resource board such as ALZ Connected is recommended. 



Common Challenges for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia is challenging, and caring for a spouse or family member add the emotions of seeing a loved one in a state of decline.

While there are no easy answers or fool-proof way to get through a day as a caregiver without any frustration, there are practical tips that can help you prepare for common challenges.

Handling Alzheimer’s Frustration & Agitation

Agitation is common in people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  It can be caused by boredom, new situations, fear stemming from trying to make sense of a world they no longer understand, or basic needs like being thirsty.

While caregivers can’t completely eliminate agitation there are steps you can take to get ahead of it.

Take note of when agitation seems to occur.  Is it a a specific time of day around mealtime?  Perhaps they are hungry or thirsty.  Is it at a busy time of day when other family members are coming home from work? If so try to limit noise or outside distractions and engage them in an appropriate activity.

Try incorporating activities that provide a sense of independence and purpose  – especially with those in the early stages of the disease.  Familiar activities like setting the table, gardening, folding laundry, helping in the kitchen (with supervision), or a favorite craft. See our ideas for different activities or  these tips from the Alzheimer’s Association.

alzheimer's care tipsFeeling Like There Is No Routine

Even though it might sound impossible, developing a basic schedule around your loved one’s mood and daily needs is beneficial for everyone. 

Knowing what to expect such as eating breakfast at the same time each day, taking a walk after lunch, sorting cards in the afternoon helps everyone feel more at ease with the day and also eliminate blocks of time where it seems like there is nothing to do (which can quickly lead to agitation).

Plan to schedule appointments, bathing and other activities during the time of day when your loved one is usually more rested, has more energy and is more agreeable.  For most people with memory loss, this is in the morning.

As late afternoon approaches many will begin wandering and can become agitation from sundowning.  During this time of day plan easy, soothing activities such as listening to music, watching a familiar movie, clipping coupons or looking through old photos. 

Not Getting Enough Help and Support

Caregivers often feel isolated and it is important to know you are not alone!  Many others are in the same situation so don’t be afraid to reach out and attend support groups where you can share your feelings and learn from others. The Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations also offer online forums and support where you can connect with others 24 hours a day.

Caregivers are under a lot of stress and often don’t take time to keep up with friends, exercise routines or their own needs.  Not taking breaks can easily lead to fatigue and caregiver burnout which isn’t good for you or the person you are caring for.

Even if someone with Alzheimer’s objects, caregivers need to schedule time away on a regular basis.  Ask another family member for help or consider using respite services who can provide caregivers experienced working with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  The more you enlist the same person to help on a consistent basis the more comfortable everyone will become.

Safety Issues & Concerns

In addition to memory loss, Alzheimer’s also affects other brain functions including sense of perception and balance.  Create a safe place in the home where they can walk without trip hazards such as rugs, cords, or sharp corners is highly encouraged and can reduce falls or other accidents.

Another safety concern is wandering, which is a common behavior for people with memory loss. Even if your loved one isn’t wandering, you should still take steps to prevent wandering before it starts.Consider installing locks high up on doors and adding an alarm system, or a simple bell mechanism, that will alert you if a door has been opened.  ID bracelets and other tracking devices like Medic Alert can help identify your loved one should they wander off.

Accepting Each Day Is Different

Even with a schedule every day will be different and sometimes you just need to be flexible.   Those with Alzheimer’s, and their caregivers, will have better days than others.  There may be days you feel like you didn’t get anything accomplished – and it is OK to feel that way.  Keeping someone fed, safe, bathed and occupied is a big job and an accomplishment in itself.

Get More Alzheimer’s Tips

All Memory Center communities are dedicated to meeting the challenging conditions of an aging brain with a caring, interactive community designed around the individual.  We are here to support our current residents, future residents and their families by providing resources and exceptional programming to those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Fill out our contact form to receive more tips and information on how to live well with Alzheimer’s and dementia or find out more about our communities in Virginia Beach, Richmond/Midlothian or Atlanta/Johns Creek.


Affording Alzheimer’s Care

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The costs associated with caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be surprisingly high.

After considering the cost of medications, incontinence supplies, time to transport someone to appointments, hiring help at home or moving to an assisted living facility – it isn’t uncommon for caregivers or family members to feel overwhelmed.  Many wonder how they will provide quality care for their loved with the limited time and available funds. 

While the cost and need for Alzheimer’s care isn’t expected to decrease, planning ahead and utilizing available resources case help ease the burden.

The Alzheimer’s Association website is an excellent place to start.  Their planning tools help you consider employee benefits, government assistance, retirement benefits and more. 

Explore What Insurance Will Pay For:

Carefully review your insurance handbook and reach out to your benefits coordinator who may be able to help uncover hidden benefits, or prevent a surprise bill later.

Medicare and many insurance plans will typically cover some costs for prescriptions, annual wellness visits and health risk assessments, some medical equipment, health workers/help in your home, skilled nursing home care in certain circumstances, some medical equipment and assisted living.

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Plan ahead for long-term care.

If Caring For Someone At Home

Ask friends and neighbors to help by running errands, or caring for your loved one once a week to give you a break without the added cost of hiring help.

Consider reaching out to local churches or houses of worship.  They may have people looking to volunteer and help in the community by helping in your home, with yard work, delivering meals or other household necessities.

Plan As Early As Possible

If your loved one was recently diagnosed now is the time to plan.  Get personal finances and assets in order, look at available savings – even consider the value of their home.  Most want to stay in their home for as long as possible, but downsizing or selling a property can be an option to pay for long-term care.

There will probably come a point when care at home isn’t enough and moving to a residential facility becomes necessary.  Even though most caregivers find it a hard subject to discuss, it is important to research residential care options early, even if you don’t think you will need them for months or years to come. 

Waiting to research residential options, or how to pay for them, until there is a crisis situation can result in settling for a community or limiting your choices.  Many residential care facilities have waiting lists, and looking for an immediate placement means you might have take what you can get.

Making a choice too quickly could mean settling on a community that isn’t what you had in mind, is outside your budget, too far from home, or just not a community you feel comfortable with.

Tour several residential care facilities early, even before you need them.  When you find one right for you, and in your budget, get on the wait list if possible.  In most cases if a room becomes available and you aren’t ready to move in, you can remain on the waiting list and have the community contact you when the next room becomes available.

Most assisted living and memory care communities require a deposit to secure a spot on the waiting list. These amounts vary so make sure you fully understand the deposit amount and the refund policy.  In most cases, deposit amounts are refundable if you end up not needing residential care.

About The Memory Centers

The Memory Center communities in Richmond, Virginia Beach and Johns Creek provide exceptional care for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  Founded as the first assisted living facilities devoted specifically to memory care, our program is designed to meet the challenging conditions of an aging brain with a caring, interactive community.

Our custom programs and activities are designed to inspire purpose, validate actions and invigorate while providing the highest quality of life for residents.  Functional and fun are key components of our activities – and we encourage family members and spouses to take an active role in their loved one’s care or join us for daily activities.

Read more about Alzheimer’s and dementia care or ask us a question or schedule a tour.


Cold Weather Tips for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers

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Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia comes with unique challenges.  But when the weather turns cold there are even more factors to consider.   

Everything from minimizing fall risks in parking lots to preventing confusion and fear during a winter storm are factors to consider.

These cold weather tips can help you get prepared to keep your loved one safe and comfortable.

Preventing Winter Falls

During the winter, ice is often an issue and can be very dangerous. Even the smallest amount of ice lead to a fall – especially for those who may not be as steady on their feet as they once were. But when you have to get to the grocery store or a doctor’s appointment there are times icy steps or sidewalks just can’t be avoided.

Proper Footwear – If you must take your loved one out in inclement or icy weather make sure they have warm footwear with plenty of traction.  They may insist on wearing their favorite bedroom slippers but safe footwear is critical to preventing slips or falls.

Parking – Whenever possible pull your car into a garage or as close to a non-slippery surface as possible. Help them in and out of the car to a safe, non-slippery space. If possible, recruit a friend or family member to help your loved inside while you park the car.

Many hospitals, doctors offices and shopping areas offer low-cost or free valet parking so you can get as close to the entrance as possible and walk your loved one inside without having to deal with slippery parking lots or walking too far from a parking space. 

memory care facilities richmond vaSafety at Home – Monitor your outdoor space for hazards inkling icy steps, uneven sidewalks, tree branches or anything that could facilitate a fall. Keep a supply of ice melt on hand and follow best practices to use it effectively and safely including storing it away from children, pets, or anyone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Staying Active

Even in winter months getting outside and staying active can be fun and help everyone stay healthy.  Even a walk around the block or around the back yard can boost someone’s mood and keep boredom away – it just takes some extra precautions. Caregivers will need to help those with dementia to dress for colder weather including:

  • Hats, scarves, mittens or gloves that are easy to get on and off
  • Wear appropriate shoes or non-skid boots
  • Pay attention to slippery stairs sidewalks, ice falling off trees, slippery or slush snow that could cause someone to easily lose their balance

Too Cold To Get Outside?

Those living with memory loss struggle to separate memory from the physical state of present-day living.  They can often become bored overwhelmed or agitated which can lead to Alzheimer’s wandering. When it is too cold outside it is still important to try and stick to your daily schedule to prevent these behaviors.

If your daily walk isn’t feasible because of cold weather, plan ahead and have other activities ready.  Chose those that will help promote movement and inspire purpose. Such as playing cards, appropriate crafts or even walking around the house or looking out the window at bird feeder.

Winter Storm Coming?

If the forecast calls for winter storm or severe cold take precautions early. You will be more relaxed and so will your loved one.  If they sense you are worried and nervous they can easily pick up on your behavior.

Plan ahead by stock up on supplies including food, medications, incontinence supplies, flashlights, batteries, hats and blankets. Plan for some fun activities including puzzles, listening to music, making snowflake crafts or clipping coupons.

Power Outages at The Memory Center

Both the Memory Center Richmond and Virginia Beach have several cold weather safety features in place including snow removal, backup generators, emergency food supplies and plans to maintain fully staffed. 

Contact us for more information about our dedicated memory care communities in Atlanta (Johns Creek), Richmond and Virginia Beach or to schedule a tour.



Holiday Traveling When A Loved One Has Dementia

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The holiday season is when most families get together, which often involves travel. Traveling can be hectic and stressful on its own, and traveling with a family member or loved who has dementia can add to the stress, but planning ahead can go a long way to making the trip safer and more enjoyable.

Travel at the Optimal Time of Day

If you are caring for someone with memory loss you have probably noticed certain times of day when they are more apt to participate in activities or just seem happier – usually in the morning.  As the day progresses many people with Alzheimer’s can become tired, agitated or suffer for sundowning – exhibiting behaviors such as confusion, anxiety and aggression.

Try and coordinate your travel to the times of day the person is more rested and often in a better mood for a more comfortable trip.


People suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia are prone to wandering, which can be extremely dangerous for the person and very worrisome for family and friends. There are many reasons someone may wander, including agitation and confusion – especially if they aren’t used to a room full of people or a crowded airport during the holidays.  Even when surrounded full of family and friends someone with dementia can wander off without someone noticing.

When traveling keep a close eye on your loved on and pay attention to the signs of wandering such as insisting they have to be somewhere or becoming anxious and restless.  Make sure they have an ID bracelet or a GPS monitoring system such as Medic Alert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return along with your contact information just in case.

Consider the Best Mode of Transportation for Your Loved One

alzheimers care midlothian vaFlying might be a faster way to get your destination, but is it necessary or the least disruptive?  Going through airport security, finding the right gate, the boarding process and crowded, noisy airplanes might not be the best option for someone struggling with memory loss.

If your destination is close enough, consider driving which will offer more control over how often to stop for breaks, easier access to luggage, food or drinks and is generally less hectic. 

Comfort Measures

No matter what mode of transportation you decide on, bring along items that are comforting or familiar.  Having their favorite slippers handy, playing their favorite music, sorting playing cards or other activities can be soothing, pass the time and keep agitation away. 

Stay Flexible and Plan for Breaks

Recognize that plans may change, a trip may take longer than expected or you may spend more time than planned comforting your loved one or explaining where you are going. 

Once you reach your destination, keep your itinerary light and allow for several breaks during the day.  Planning a visit to a familiar place or family member is likely to be easier than planning a sight seeing tour to a new destination. 

Get More Memory Care Tips

Read more tips on caring for those living with memory loss, or residential care from The Memory Center in Richmond and Virginia Beach

Our communities provide focused programming and activities to promote the highest quality care for those in cognitive decline including Alzheimer’s and dementia, and offer every incentive to celebrate life and find purpose in each day.  Learn More.







The Memory Center Atlanta Press Release

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Contact: Katrina Parker, Corporate Director of Marketing The Memory Center A Memcare Community
Phone: (757) 362-3300
katrinap@thememorycenter.com www.thememorycenter.com

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The Memory Center, Atlanta

Johns Creek, GA – The Memory Center Atlanta located next to City Hall and Emory Hospital Johns Creek at 12050 Findley Rd. is currently under construction and scheduled to open by late spring 2017. Upon completion it will be among the few stand-alone communities in Georgia dedicated exclusively to memory care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

“This facility will set a new standard in the city of Johns Creek when it comes to looking after the wellbeing of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive loss, and how to design for implementing that level of care” states Kevin A. DiBona, chairman and CEO.

The community will be comprised of 48 residential suites designed and constructed around an innovative “Town Center” concept.” The Town Center is a centralized interactive area that will feature a movie theater, library, general store, bank, tavern, ice cream stand and salon along with icons to represent historical Atlanta. The design concept divides into four neighborhoods of 12 suites, each with its own residential environment that includes living rooms and dining areas. Within a short walk of their apartment each resident will discover multiple amenities throughout the neighborhood, yet will have no trouble finding their way back. Residents will have access to landscaped secured outdoor courtyards and walking paths for freedom and movement in a safe and secured environment.

The Memory Center Atlanta will also be equipped with the latest technologies offering full medical over-site, a 4 to 1 resident to staff ratio and coordinated therapy services. “Memories in Motion” is a comprehensive activities program which provides the residents with multiple activities every day of the week.

The Memory Center Atlanta will offer a mix of private, semi–private and deluxe suites for residents living with early, mid-stage, and late-stage Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia

The Memory Centers are known for its upscale memory care communities offering a broad range of premier services, care to its residents and other amenities. The professionally trained staff provides care and attention to those residents needing a supportive environment, as well as specialized care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

About The Memory Center a MemCare Community: Corporate office is located in Virginia Beach, VA. For additional information please visit our website at www.thememorycenter.com or contact Katrina Parker, Corporate Director of Marketing (757) 362-3300 or email: katrinap@thememorycenter.com



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