Memory care is a vital aspect of senior living that many senior living communities do not pay much attention to. As your parents age, you need to be more interested in watching out for memory issues often associated with old age, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
This doesn’t mean that you have to become agitated about your parent’s health. No, far from it. It only means that old age sometimes comes with certain issues and you should prepare for them, whether they come or not.
If you are looking for a senior living community that provides intensive and specialized care that addresses senior mental health, cognitive abilities, and cognitive functions in seniors, then you have come to the right place.
Rittenhouse Village communities offer the best senior care programs available in the country. You can contact us online or call us at to learn more about SHINE® Memory Care for your parent today.
What Is Memory Care?
Memory care offers assisted living to seniors or retirees battling Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other types of memory issues. Memory care programs typically provide resident-focused health and wellness programs to seniors.
It’s important to know that memory care is regulated differently from place to place and doesn’t have the same quality everywhere. To know the memory care programs that best suit your loved one, you should make proper inquiries about the regulations that guide their operations.
Triggers for Impairments to Cognitive Abilities and Cognitive Functions in Seniors
The World Health Organization and the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation lists the following points as potential triggers for mental illness in the elderly:
- Chronic pain
- Medication interactions
- Poor diet or malnutrition
- Alcohol or substance abuse
- Illness or loss of a loved one
- Dementia-causing illness (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease)
- Long-term illness (e.g., cancer or heart disease)
- Physical illnesses that can affect emotion, memory, and thought
5 Major Symptoms of Senior Mental Health Issues
Many older adults in the U.S. are affected by mental health disorders. Sadly, however, research shows that one in three of those seniors doesn’t receive the treatment and care they need.
Giving proper attention and care to seniors is now even more essential in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, anxiety-related issues associated with the coronavirus outbreak can affect anyone, but older adults are more susceptible to mental disorders at this time. For instance, isolation during this pandemic can have an adverse impact on senior mental health.
While there are several signs of senior mental health issues in the elderly, below are five major symptoms of such issues:
1. Changes in weight caused by decrease or increase in appetite.
2. Problems with concentration and decision-making resulting from confusion and disorientation.
3. More than two weeks of extensive bouts of depressed moods.
4. Suicidal thoughts emanating from feelings of worthlessness, undue guilt and helplessness.
5. Memory loss, particularly short-term memory challenges.
What Can You Expect from Rittenhouse Village?
Located in Indiana and Pennsylvania, our Rittenhouse Village communities offer a unique blend of amazing amenities, comfy homes, and wonderful recreational activities. With our one-of-a-kind programs and services, as well as our dedicated team members, you or your loved one will experience the warmth and compassion of a home here at Rittenhouse.
Whether you are interested in a maintenance-free independent senior living facility, or a more personalized type of assisted living, we are what you need. Our programs and services include but not limited to:
Learn More About Memory Care at Rittenhouse Village Communities
At any of our Rittenhouse communities, you will enjoy the amazing services of caring and well-trained team members, resort-style amenities, and complimentary transportation.
Our locations include the following:
- Rittenhouse Village At Lehigh Valley
- Rittenhouse Village At Michigan City
- Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg
- Rittenhouse Village At Northside
- Rittenhouse Village At Portage
- Rittenhouse Village At Valparaiso
You can learn more about memory care at any of our Rittenhouse communities by scheduling a tour, contacting us online using our secure form, or calling us at .