What is a typical day like at a Maple View memory-care community?
For the most part, residents are free to do whatever they choose, which means each day is unique and exciting. Residents can get up when they choose, which is usually between 6 am and 8 am. Our friendly staff will help with personal care and dressing for those who need it. Breakfast is served at 8 am. The fun begins 9 am with a wide array of activities until 12 pm. For those who are not interested in activities, our staff will provide one-on-one time. Lunch is served at noon and is our biggest meal of the day. Typically, the early afternoon is our quiet time and many of our residents spend it relaxing. At 2:30 pm, we serve a snack, and the activities start up once again. Late afternoon is a popular time for family to visit. We serve dinner at 6 pm. The evenings are quiet and peaceful with lots of visiting families.
What is the admission process like at Maple View communities?
Our admission process is quick and simple. After you have completed the Resident Application, we will contact you to start the screening process. The screening process merely consists of Maple View community directors meeting the individual and their family. We will ask a few simple questions and determine that the individual meets our requirements (e.g., residents must be able to walk on their own). Overall, the screening process is relaxed and non-invasive. After it has been determined that the individual and the Maple View community are a good fit together, we will go through a small amount of paperwork with the individual's family. At this time we will also review any physician's orders and prescriptions. The overall admission process can go quickly, and in some cases, we have been able to admit new residents the same day. With that said, we also want the families to have as much time as they need to finalize the decision to have their loved one join the Maple View community. We allow families to take as much time as they need and to ask as many questions as they like.
What is Montessori-based Dementia Programming®?
Maple View communities are the first in the state of North Dakota to incorporate Montessori-Based Dementia Programming (MBDP), a method of working with older adults living with cognitive and/or physical impairments based on the ideas of the educator Maria Montessori. MBDP is a rehabilitative approach to the treatment of dementia. They are not meaningless exercises aimed at merely keeping residents occupied, but are effective tools for improving and maintaining residents' cogitation and fine-motor skills. For example, MBDP activities are provided as a means to enhance the skills required to perform basic tasks such as self-feeding, dressing, bathing and actually lead to increased independence and self-care. MBDP has been researched extensively by Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D. and the staff of the Myers Research Institute in Beachwood, Ohio. Camp's research has provided clear evidence of increased levels of engagement and participation in MBDP activities.
What is the treatment for Alzheimer’s disease?
Currently, there's no cure for Alzheimer's disease. Doctors sometimes prescribe drugs to improve symptoms that often accompany Alzheimer's, including sleeplessness, wandering, anxiety, agitation and depression. There are two varieties of medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that have been proven to slow the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's.
When is the right time to call a doctor about Alzheimer’s?
Individuals showing several symptoms of Alzheimer's should see a physician for a complete examination. Some illnesses may look like Alzheimer's but are caused by other problems (e.g, drug interactions or thyroid problems). It is important to get a physician's diagnosis so your loved one can receive appropriate treatment and care. Doctors use several tools to diagnose Alzheimer's, including:
- Questions about the person's general health, past medical problems and ability to carry out daily activities.
- Cognitive tests to measure memory, problem solving, attention, counting and language.
- Medical tests such as tests of blood, urine or spinal fluid.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, which is the loss of intellectual and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. Dementia occurs in people with Alzheimer's disease because healthy brain tissue degenerates, causing a steady decline in memory and mental abilities. View a brief animation of the progression of Alzheimer's disease
What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?
According to the Mayo Clinic, dementia refers to a set of symptoms, not the disease itself. In other words, when an individual is said to have dementia, they are exhibiting certain symptoms, such as difficultly with language, short-term memory loss and poor judgement. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia and accounts for 60-70 percent of dementia cases. Other disorders that cause dementia include Vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy Bodies and Frontotemperal dementia.
Does my loved one have normal forgetfulness or is it Alzheimer’s?
Everyone has occasional lapses in memory. It's often quite normal to forget the names of people who you rarely see. However, it's not a normal part of aging to forget the names of familiar people and objects. Here are several warning signs of Alzheimer's disease, according to the National Institute on Aging:
- Asking the same question over and over again.
- Repeating the same story, word for word, again and again.
- Forgetting how to cook, or how to make repairs, or how to play cards – activities that were previously done with ease and regularity.
- Losing one's ability to pay bills or balance one's checkbook.
- Getting lost in familiar surroundings or misplacing household objects.
- Neglecting to bathe or wearing the same clothes over and over again, while insisting that they have taken a bath or that their clothes are still clean.
- Relying on someone else, such as a spouse, to make decisions or answer questions they previously would have handled themselves.