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Signs Your Loved One May Require The Help Of A Memory Care Neighborhood

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Are you feeling intimidated by the thought that your loved one might need memory care? You are not alone. There is comfort in that fact and knowing senior living communities like New Pond Village have a memory care neighborhood for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

New Pond Village has the only memory care neighborhood in Walpole, Massachusetts, and offers tours and advice for family and friends looking for a place for their loved ones.

Do you need help knowing if and when your loved one may require the help and services of a memory care environment? Here are some signs you should look for in your aging parent or loved one.

  • Safety. It is common for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s to become confused or agitated. Some may wander away and get lost or get in situations where they are unsafe.
  • Memory loss. Some memory loss as we age is normal. Memory loss in people with dementia or Alzheimer’s could lead them to forget to take their medications or go to a doctor’s appointment.
  • Isolation. A feeling of loneliness or restlessness is a sign to take note of. People with dementia sometimes lack interaction with others because of new behaviors and habits.
  • Personal hygiene. If you notice a lack of bathing or hair not combed, it could be cause for concern. People with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease often fail to take care of themselves like they used to.
  • Fraud victim. If you find out your loved one has been a victim of fraud, it may be the result of impaired decision making. Older adults are more vulnerable and often targeted by juveniles and thieves.
  • Collecting too much stuff. Obsession with stuff and ensuring they have enough is a red flag and could be a sign of paranoia. Clutter can become a safety hazard as well.
  • Caregiver burnout. Caring for a loved one or friend takes time and patience and can be exhausting. Caregivers may also start to feel guilty for spending time away from their family.
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