According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 50 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050. In Washington State in 2014, we had 97,000 individuals 65+ living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. By 2025, the Alzheimer’s Association is projecting a 44.3% increase to 140,000 people in the state living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. When we talk about “dementia”, it is really an all-encompassing term used to reference a range of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. In the years to come, how will this growing epidemic impact our families, communities, and workplaces in Washington?
Dementia demands our creativity. While we don’t have control over the progression of this disease, we do have control over how we respond to it, the care we receive, and the places and people we surround ourselves with during our challenges along the way. At Sound Options, we are revolutionizing the way families think about senior care. Through the combination of Geriatric Care Managers and In-Home Caregivers, Sound Options provides an alternative to both families “doing it all” and institutional models of dementia care. Trained to respond with tact and skill, our caregivers recognize difficult behaviors as a symptom of the disease and not an expression of the person. With the right approach, they are able to meet each person where they are, focus on their abilities rather than their disabilities, and provide customized memory care in the comfort of home.
Aging in place with dignity is still possible for those living with dementia in Gig Harbor and throughout the Puget Sound region. According to a 2010 census, 25% of Gig Harbor residents are 65 years of age or older. Chances are you know someone in your community who is helping a loved one age well. With experience and expertise in senior care and planning for the future, Sound Options helps families create the financial, legal, healthcare, and social safety nets for their loved ones, ensuring the highest quality of life possible.
Give us a call to start getting care for today and the expertise for the decisions ahead. 800.628.7649.
Memory Care At Home
A Success Story...
Claire’s mother had been calling more and more often, forgetting when appointments were scheduled, where she parked her car, if she had taken her medications or not. Claire had been taking on more and more tasks for her mom. Claire finally got up the courage to ask the doctor about the changes she had been seeing in her mom. The results came back that Claire’s mother had Alzheimer’s disease.
Claire felt overwhelmed, and unprepared for the level of responsibility she now had to see to her mother’s care. How would she help her mother navigate this disease and the changes in her life? Could she afford to quit her job to become her caregiver? How would she help dad understand and cope with the loss? Where could she find help?
That is when Claire decided to hire, Sound Options, a Geriatric Care Management firm in the Puget Sound. A Nurse Care Manager came out and completed an unbiased assessment of Claire’s mother and her home environment and created a plan of care that would allow her to safely stay in her home and receive appropriate care. The nurse sat down with Claire and answered her questions about the disease, what to expect, and what she should be doing next.