East Ridge Walks to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

East Ridge at Cutler Bay is joining Miami Dade County’s corporations and organizations and sponsoring the upcoming “2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on Nov. 3 in downtown Miami.  Employees, residents, families and friends will form the East Ridge team and join the walk that starts at 9 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. registration.

“Creating greater awareness of Alzheimer’s disease while supporting the fundraising efforts for this cause is a dual purpose in why East Ridge is joining the walk,” said Ken Cormier, executive director of East Ridge. “As a life plan community, we work with families every day who struggle with caregiving for a loved one with some type of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.”

East Ridge offers a special neighborhood within the Three Palms Health Center geared to offering memory support care. Trained staff provides specialized care for residents while the memory support neighborhood offers a calming environment designed to reduce residents’ anxiety. Features such as walking areas, family-style dining areas, secure outdoor courtyards and private residential suites are incorporated into Three Palms.

“We know how important it is to offer a special environment for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease as well as provide relief for spouses who play such an important role as caregivers,” he said.  “Our programming is designed to enhance residents’ lives and is based on the innovative Montessori techniques now used for dementia care.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, it is important to be aware of some important warning signs of the disease:

  • Unusual difficulty remembering things and organizing their thoughts. While the individual may not be aware of these changes, they may be noticeable to family members, close friends and co-workers;   
  • Often repeats statements and questions over and over, not realizing that they’ve asked the question before;
  • Forgets conversations, appointments or events, and not remember them later;
  • Routinely misplaces possessions, often putting them in illogical locations;
  • Gets lost in familiar places and are unable to find their way home;
  • Eventually forgets the names of family members and everyday objects;
  • Has trouble finding the right words to identify objects, express thoughts or take part in conversations;
  • Difficulty concentrating and thinking, especially about abstract concepts like numbers;
  • Becomes increasingly challenging to respond effectively to everyday problems such as food burning on the stove or unexpected driving situations;
  • Once-routine activities that require sequential steps, such as planning and cooking a meal or playing a favorite game, become a struggle as the disease progresses;
  • Advanced Alzheimer’s disease may cause a person to may forget how to perform basic tasks such as dressing and bathing;
  • Depression, mood swings, distrust in others, social withdrawal, wandering, delusions and other mood changes.

We encourage loved ones to come and learn about Three Palms and the care that is available for assisted living and memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call (305) 256-3564  or visit www.EastRidgeatCutlerBay.com

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