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Understanding Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Sep 15, 2023 8:00:00 AM | 7 minute read

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative condition that develops over time in different stages. Known most for its association with motor skills, which can lead to tremors and slowed movement, many people don’t realize there is a strong link between Parkinson’s and dementia that can affect cognitive abilities.

About half of those with Parkinson’s will be affected by some form of cognitive impairment. As the disease progresses, people living with Parkinson’s will develop more severe memory and thinking problems. This is where Parkinson’s relation with dementia begins. 

Unfortunately, one risk factor for Parkinson's disease is age. Although most people with Parkinson’s first develop the disease around 60 years old, about 5 to 10 percent of those with Parkinson's have "early-onset" disease, which can begin before the age of 50. 

While Parkinson’s disease and memory loss may not be commonly associated with each other, recent studies have shown that anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of those with Parkinson’s may develop a form of dementia.

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Topics: Memory Care, Health

4 Questions to Ask During Your Assisted Living Search

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Sep 1, 2023 8:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

Assisted living communities are about embracing a new chapter of life. Gone are the misconceptions of senior living that have long prevented older adults from making the move to a community. 

Today, you can expect to find exceptional amenities, enriching courses and programs, and plenty of exciting activities at any given assisted living community, all of which are put into place to provide a higher quality of life.

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How Assisted Living Can Enhance Quality of Life

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Aug 15, 2023 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read

What comes to mind when you think of “quality of life?” Is it the measurement by which you gauge your happiness? Your health? Your independence? The actual definition of a person’s quality of life is the standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by an individual.

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Topics: Assisted Living

ADLs and iADLs: Understanding the Difference

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Aug 1, 2023 8:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

Activities of Daily Living, otherwise known as ADLs, are the essential and routine tasks that a person must complete every day to maintain a safe and independent lifestyle. ADLs are typically made up of personal care tasks, like grooming and bathing, and when a person is no longer able to handle these routines, it can lead to unsafe living conditions and health concerns. 

However, did you know there’s another form of ADLs? These are known as Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (iADLs), and they measure a person’s ability to complete various planning tasks. While these aren’t necessarily required to be done every day, they are still vital to healthy and safe living. 

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Topics: Health

3 Steps to Take Following a Dementia Diagnosis

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Jul 15, 2023 8:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

Receiving a dementia diagnosis can be an emotional and overwhelming experience for the individual and their family. However, there are steps you can take to ensure a better quality of life for everyone involved.

In order to navigate this challenging time with grace and compassion, you should educate yourself on your loved one’s condition, gather a supportive system, and ensure you and your family are prepared for the future. 

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Topics: Memory Care

How Does Age Affect Hydration?

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Jul 1, 2023 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read

 

Brickmont Assisted Living proudly offers exceptional senior living in Atlanta and its surrounding areas, and we know Georgia has never been a stranger to the heat. In fact, from January to July 2022, the state saw some of the highest summer temperatures in almost 93 years

As we get older, various age-related changes occur in our bodies. So how does age affect hydration, and how can you prevent yourself or someone you love from becoming dehydrated?

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Topics: Health

Navigating Senior Care: How to Develop a Caregiving Plan

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Jun 15, 2023 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read

When a parent or family starts to require extra support and assistance, you might find yourself taking on the role of caregiver. In this case, a caregiving plan can help you outline your loved one’s needs, determine how to meet them, and plan for the future. 

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Are There Signs of Dementia Other Than Memory Loss?

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Jun 1, 2023 8:00:00 AM | 6 minute read

Many people associate dementia or Alzheimer’s disease with memory loss. While it’s true that memory loss is a significant component of these conditions, they can involve other symptoms as well. Experiencing memory loss does not always mean you have dementia, and vice versa; having dementia does not mean you will only experience memory loss.

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Topics: Memory Care

4 Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on May 15, 2023 8:00:00 AM | 3 minute read

The April showers have officially brought along May flowers, and now is the perfect time to get outside and start planning your own garden! Gardening connects us to the beauty of the natural world, but for older adults, it can also provide a variety of wellness benefits. 

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Bringing the Benefits of Physical Therapy to Brickmont Assisted Living

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on May 1, 2023 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read

Whether due to a health condition, injury, or recovering from surgery, a physical therapy program can help an individual restore mobility, independence, and wellness. 

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