A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease or dementia is life changing for seniors and their families. The cognitive impairments associated with these disorders — including problems with memory, language, judgement, sleep and mood — can be difficult to understand and manage. In a reversal of roles, you may find yourself worrying about your parent's ability to safely and independently care for themselves, especially as the disease progresses.
1.) Specially Designed Apartments
As Parkinson's disease and dementia progress, a person's abilities change. Memory care environments are creatively adapted to safely support these changes while maintaining a senior's sense of independence. For example, floors, walls and chairs may be covered in contrasting colors to make it easier for them to see. Signs with simple instructions may be posted to help seniors complete tasks or remind them where to go.