Persons with dementia have a very unique journey. We at The Green House at Calvary wish to walk along side the elder and their family as they journey through the many stages of memory loss.
At The Green House at Calvary Personal Memory Care Home, we strive to nurture relationships with all involved – the elder, the family, the staff, the visitors. We understand dementia and know that it affects each person differently. Deep knowing of each individual person is the key to success.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is the progressive decline in cognitive function due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from normal aging. Particularly affected areas may be memory, attention, language and problem solving. In the later stages of the condition, affected persons may be disoriented to time, place and person. Early symptoms of dementia often consist of changes in personality or in behavior. Dementia can affect language, comprehension, motor skills, short-term memory, ability to identify commonly used items, reaction time, personality traits, and executive functioning. Even without signs of general intellectual decline, delusions are common in dementia.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive cognitive deterioration together with declining activities of daily living and neurosychiatric symptoms or behavioral changes. It is the most common type of dementia. The most striking early symptom is loss of short term memory which usually manifests as minor forgetfulness that becomes steadily more pronounced with illness progression, with relative preservation of older memories. As the disorder progresses, cognitive impairment extends to the domains of language, skilled movements, recognition and those functions (such as decision-making and planning).
Imagine a place where Elders can gather around a hearth and share stories while the scent of baking drifts throughout the house. Perhaps some swap cooking tips and favorite recipes in the kitchen with the staff. Others may prefer to sit in the garden and enjoy the sunset. The Green House makes this vision a reality.