Alzheimer's patients have special needs when compared to many other seniors. While Alzheimer's sufferers are not physically impaired at first, confusion, the tendency to wander, and mood swings make these patients a challenge for loved ones to manage at home. When the disease becomes too much for family members to cope with, sometimes the best option is placement in a memory care facility. Q: In what ways are memory care facilities different from standard assisted living facilities?
The holidays are usually a cheerful time of the year when friends and family come together to catch up and look back at memorable occasions. Spending the holidays with someone who has dementia can be stressful, as they may not remember certain people, things or events and may portray aggressive or irrational behavior and mood changes. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, up to 5.1 million Americans age 65 and older have Alzheimer's disease, a form of dementia.