November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
To emphasize the importance of Alzheimer’s awareness and continue our dedication to community resources and education, The Kensington Reston is proud to present “Care. Cure. Prevent,” a panel discussion on the latest breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research and treatments.
RSVP and join us on Nov. 10 for a virtual event hosted by Lauren Miller Rogen of Hilarity for Charity and featuring Alzheimer’s experts from Cedars Sinai, UCLA, and more.
Read on to learn more about the event and the latest information and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
How to navigate life after a loved one receives dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis
During the event, the panelists will address the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia on families, and how to navigate life following a diagnosis.
Receiving an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis can be stressful and challenging for both those who are experiencing symptoms and their families.
Learning as much as possible about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can help empower families to seek the right care, treatments, and resources.
Understanding the progression of the disease, the full range of symptoms, and what to expect will help everyone involved feel more in control and better able to navigate the changes to come.
If you or your loved one are struggling with depression or anxiety following the diagnosis, be sure to discuss how you’re feeling with your doctor.
Also, understand that your family members may be struggling with similar feelings, so it may be helpful to openly lead the discussions to support each other.
Remember that you are never alone.
Alzheimer’s disease hereditary risk factors and their impact
Following a loved one’s diagnosis, other family members may begin to worry whether they are at a higher risk for developing the disease.
Experts have been able to identify several genes that could increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. However, it’s important to understand that there is currently no definitive cause of Alzheimer’s.
Instead, researchers believe it is a combination of factors, including genetics, environmental, and lifestyle factors.
If you have a parent or sibling with Alzheimer’s, there is research to support healthy lifestyle changes that have the potential to reduce the risk of developing cognitive decline.
The Kensington Reston supports healthy aging through our extensive services and programs that improve social and physical activity and overall quality of life.
We offer the following services to our residents:
- Nutritious gourmet dining
- Rehabilitation services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy)
- Life enrichment programs based on each resident’s unique talents, interests, and preferences
- Regularly scheduled outings
There is strong evidence to suggest that a brain-healthy diet, physical exercise, and social engagement have the potential to improve cognitive abilities and keep the mind and body healthy and strong.
These topics will be discussed in detail during the Zoom event.
The latest breakthroughs in research and treatment
Alzheimer’s and dementia experts are excited at the latest breakthroughs in research and treatment options.
Earlier this year, a study was released on a new blood test that’s able to detect the presence of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, which are the proteins that are found in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
In September, two pharmaceutical companies revealed that a drug they’re developing for Alzheimer’s was able to slow the rate of cognitive decline in a late-stage clinical trial.
How The Kensington Reston devotes care to benefit both seniors and their families
One of the most difficult aspects of new dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis is navigating the family dynamics to make the best decisions for our loved ones.
It also can be difficult to decide who is able to step up as a caregiver, how involved the family is able to be, and how long they are able to maintain their level of care as the disease progresses.
The Kensington Reston is here for these families and understands the unique challenges they face.
We’re dedicated to a level of care that serves both seniors living in our community as well as their family members. We encourage family participation and support and help to guide families as they learn how to be there for their loved ones in new ways.
We also offer numerous caregiver support resources for those who are working hard at home to serve their loved ones with everything they have available to them.
The Kensington Reston, partners in caregiving
At The Kensington Reston, Our Promise is to love and care for our residents as we do our own family.
We are built from a team of dedicated individuals who bring with them a passion to love and serve our residents every single day.
We offer enhanced assisted living and memory care to accommodate a full range of clinical support to our residents, including two memory care “neighborhoods,” Connections and Haven.
No matter what our residents’ care needs are, we will always have a home for them.
Let us share with you our passion to care for and serve your family.