Dementia progresses at different rates in different people. Alzheimer’s can progress slowly for years, and then a person can experience a quick decline, for example, and he or she becomes unable to recognize loved ones or an environment. Parkinson’s has its own symptoms, which can cause dementia as well as tremors, inability to speak or physically function. While the progression of these diseases are unpredictable, new approaches to resiliency aim to build strengths where the weaknesses lie.Continue reading
The weather is mellowing, which makes autumn the perfect time to take outings in Kansas City, Leawood or Overland Park with a loved one who has dementia. Planning an outing with someone who has dementia might take a little more time, but the benefits of staying engaged with life are worth it. Here are some of our favorite places to visit in the Kansas City metro area in the fall.Continue reading
Through thick and thin, sickness and health—words that indicate a lifelong vow; but marriage isn’t the only relationship that requires commitment. Keeping families together sometimes means making an effort to maintain bonds.Continue reading
Early onset dementia is a diagnosis that changes everything, but it doesn’t have to be a path walked alone. At Thoughtful Health Care, we are here to make planning for the progression of dementia more logical. We can help take the mystery out of the future, so that you and your family can be confident that quality, in-home care is available for you.Continue reading
A myth about in-home memory care is that it is unaffordable to many families in Kansas City, Overland Park and Leawood. Before deciding that affording in-home memory care is impossible for your family, consider the Thoughtful Health Care model.Continue reading
It gets hot in Kansas City and Overland Park in the summer, there is no denying that. But it’s still important for seniors with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of dementia to get out of the house and see the world.
Dementia is a progressive disease. When Alzheimer’s or Parkinson ’s disease move into advanced stages, even dialing a phone can become a challenge.
This is why our skilled caregivers at Thoughtful Healthcare help their clients use technology to help assist them every day. Some of these innovations are for the comfort and peace of mind of a person who has dementia, but some technologies are used to keep people safe. Continue reading
Case Study: Sara’s Father
“No matter what happens to me, I don’t want to go into a nursing home,” Sara’s* father told her.
She remembered visiting her Aunt Rose in a nursing home, where her aunt had lost her bearings entirely, since dementia had wiped her mind clean of memories. Sara’s father must have recalled this image as well: a once capable, active, intelligent woman who had turned into a terrified elderly lady in a wheelchair, parked in the nursing home hallway.