How to Recognize Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month


As we age, our bodies go through many changes. That includes our brains. Reflexes tend to slow, and we may not remember or process things as quickly as we once did. Memory issues are part of the aging process, but drastic changes can indicate something more significant. This June, our Southview Senior Communities want to recognize Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month with tips and information to help spread the word and encourage others to learn more.

Watch for Signs and Symptoms

Oftentimes, small lapses in memory and simple forgetfulness are common with advancing years. But there may be cause for concern when memory loss becomes more pronounced and begins to affect daily activities and routines. Watch for certain signs and symptoms in yourself or a loved one, including:

  • Inability to plan, work with numbers, or problem solve when it comes to paying bills, calculating finances, or even reading a recipe. We all forget things now and again. But if routines consistently take longer and concentration presents a struggle, it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor.
  • Difficulty judging images, space, and distance due to increased change in vision. This could present issues with balance, reading, and driving.
  • Confusion with time, dates, and places from an inability to comprehend the passing of time. Someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia may not understand the difference between now and later or may not know where they are or how they got there.
  • Misplacing items or putting things in unexpected places and not being able to backtrack to find them.
  • Problems with verbal or written expression because the words don’t make sense. Those with Alzheimer’s or dementia may stop mid-sentence, struggle to find the right word(s), or repeat themselves.

These are just a few of the signs that may indicate something more than typical memory issues. If you or a loved one are experiencing daily difficulty related to memory, consider making an appointment with a doctor.

When Someone You Love is Diagnosed

Learning of a loved one’s Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis can be challenging and emotional. And all those feelings of fear, grief, anger, confusion, or denial are completely valid. Understandably, the news often takes time to process and accept. Taking that time is important for determining how to adjust and plan for life changes going forward.

Process. Keep in mind that your loved one is going through similar emotions but that this diagnosis is merely a part of your loved one’s life; it’s not who they are. The sooner you’re able to process and accept their diagnosis, the sooner you can be there for them and help develop a game plan specific to their needs. Practice patience with your loved one and assure them that they aren’t and won’t be alone.

Encourage. Something to consider early on is to encourage your loved one to stay active and involved in activities that bring them joy. Starting and sticking to a routine can be helpful with repetition and memory later on. Continuing with activities and interests can help your loved one focus on purpose and a sense of identity.

Support. Your loved one will look to you for support, but you will likely need support, too. Lean on family and friends for help with appointments and errands, or even for someone to talk to. Search your community for support groups and programs, or look online to connect with others who can share their experiences.

Southview’s Memory Care Living Options

Almost all of our Southview Senior Communities offer memory care living options for residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other forms of memory loss. And two of our locations—The Willows of Arbor Lakes and The Willows of Ramsey Hill—are dedicated to exclusive care for memory loss.

When it comes to providing care for memory loss residents, our Southview Communities staff focuses on helping residents live their best happy and healthy lives. Our skilled team and trained nurses are here to assist with personalized activities and services to meet the ever-changing needs of those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

In our Southview communities, you’ll find care that promotes memory preservation in a comfortable, safe, and warm environment. Our team members connect with residents to encourage interaction and promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. We also offer smaller group activities designed for all abilities, so residents feel at ease and more inclined to participate. Our memory care packages vary and can be designed to support your loved one’s unique needs.

We’re Here for You

A big part of recognizing Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month involves learning more about memory loss and providing or finding support for those living with it. The more people talk about Alzheimer’s and dementia, the more inclined they are to understand the need for care and finding a cure. If you or a loved one need assistance with memory care living options and amenities, our Southview Senior Communities offer a warm, inviting, and supportive environment to call home. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a tour at the location nearest you.