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Finding Memories with Alzheimer’s

Finding Memories with Alzheimer’sIn 1906, about 25 years after Women’s Christian Association of Kansas City, Missouri was founded and about 20 years before Armour Oaks Senior Living Community was built, a German doctor named Alois Alzheimer first noticed a patient with a disorder that presented with memory loss and other cognitive issues. After the patient’s death, the autopsy revealed shrunken parts of the brain. This was the first official observance of Alzheimer’s disease.

We have learned many things over the years to decrease risk, prolong memory, etc. But we are still in the research stage for cures and aides. As a caregiver or loved one, we are constantly trying to alleviate our loved ones’ difficulties they have with Alzheimer’s and we find that patience and creativity seem to be a big part of that in the beginning to middle stages of Alzheimer’s. Here are a few examples of using some of today’s everyday resources to add small moments of joy to those with Alzheimer’s:

We found out that one of our residents (with a mild form of dementia) was into country/folk music. We began to invite him into the office every day or so and we would play a song or two on YouTube. He loved to see the old concerts and hear the music! It brought him back to a time that he could relate. He had been feeling so alone but those music breaks seemed to really cheer him up!!

Digital Photo Frames
A great idea that a family member had for one of our residents (with a mild-moderate form of dementia) was to get her grandmother a digital photo frame. We have WiFi included in the apartments and so the granddaughter regularly uploads photos onto the digital frame to keep current pictures cycling on a daily basis for her grandmother to take in. It has worked wonderfully and has made this resident so happy!!

About Armour Oaks
Armour Oaks Senior Living Community in Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City’s oldest continuous operating Not-For-Profit entity, is located in eclectic Waldo neighborhood at the corner of 81st and Wornall Road with easy access to I-435. This historic senior living community, just 15 minutes from the famous Country Club Plaza, offers a unique urban oasis with all levels of care, acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and a service minded staff to meet the unique needs of each one of our residents.

Armour Oaks is dedicated to providing a secure, homelike environment where seniors can live with dignity and independence while receiving the very best in personalized health and social services to meet their needs. The staff and Board of Directors share a commitment to the person-centered approach to senior care without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, handicap, disability or religious belief.

Schedule a Tour
We are confident that when you choose Armour Oaks as your new home for Kansas City senior living, you will experience the same quality of care that our seniors have received for decades. To learn more or to schedule a tour of Armour Oaks Senior Living Community, please call us at 816-363-5141.

8100 Wornall Road
Kansas  City, MO 64114

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