REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 7 The statistics are staggering whenconsidering what an impact Alzheimer's disease has on many American lives.Already nearly five million people in this country alone have been diagnosedwith the disease, and the number is expected to triple by mid-century.Fortunately for many families, research, care and treatments are moving intonew horizons. Today there is more information and support, providing betterunderstanding of the disease and those it afflicts than ever before. Inparticular, an area that is dramatically changing is that of assisted livingprograms designed specifically for those with Alzheimer's disease and otherforms of dementia.
AegisLiving, a national leader in retirement, assisted living and memorycare communities, is just one such example of a company that is changing theway those afflicted with the disease are cared for and supported.
"We are constantly seeking new and better ways to make life better for ourresidents who have Alzheimer's disease. We edge closer to this accomplishmenteveryday by being more creative, compassionate and flexible, giving us theability to move beyond traditional care and find breakthrough treatments,"said Dwayne Clark, Chairman and CEO of AegisLiving. "Everyone at Aegis hasspecial training in dementia and age sensitivity, understanding it is best tolive in the resident's moment. While there is no cure, significant strideshave been made to better understand the disease and identify new programs andcare options that make a real difference."
To deal with Alzheimer's, AegisLiving has developed innovative communitiesdesigned specifically for people with memory loss. In Life'sNeighborhood(TM), AegisLiving offers an innovative program that is nationallyrecognized for its ability to enhance the quality of life and increaseenjoyment for residents dealing with memory loss issues. Often in Life'sNeighborhood, a smaller more intimate setting represents a large family homeof the 1940s to encourage socializing and is a setting they feel comfortablein. Special "Life Skills" stations and Snoezelen techniques are used to helpcombat the affects of this the disease.
AegisLiving incorporates the Snoezelen (pronounced "snoozlin") philosophyof care into its memory care communities. Snoezelen techniques encouragestimulation as a method of relaxation and redirection allowing for communitiesto reduce the use of medication to soothe residents. In a Life's Haven room ormobile cart, light, shapes, textures, aromas, music and colors are used togently stimulate the senses, calming residents into a place they feel secure.
Safety and security are extremely important. At AegisLiving, apartmentsare designed with systems that ensure residents safety. Communities aredesigned so residents can enjoy the outdoors and the community but not wanderoutside of a secure area.
Caring for a family member with Alzheimer's can be extremely difficult.The increased responsibility and emotional burden can easily cause stress andanxiety. This is why AegisLiving takes a neighborhood approach. The tasks ofcaring for a loved one are shared by a number of dedicated individuals trainedin caring for Alzheimer's and dementia. With the knowledge that a loved one iswell cared for, a caregiver can enjoy more fulfilling time together and lessstress.
AegisLiving is a national leader in retirement and assisted living,offering a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growingneeds of today's aging population. Founded in 1997 and headquartered inRedmond, Washington privately held AegisLiving operates 34 communities inWashington, California and Nevada. More information about AegisLiving isavailable at http://www.AegisLiving.com.