Over five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Another million suffer from related forms of cognitive impairment. While they all experience memory loss, the severity of the loss can vary widely. The good news is that the past ten years have brought tremendous strides in our understanding of how the brain ages, and why some people suffer dramatic changes in their ability of act responsibly, to care for themselves, and to retain memories. As a result, we’re now able to offer better care to people with progressive memory impairment. While we don’t yet know how to cure Alzheimer’s disease or how to stop its progress, we can slow it down. This means we can now help people with memory impairment to live useful, active lives longer and to continue to interact positively with their families. Realizing these possibilities is the goal of the MJM’s Canterwood Special Needs Assisted Living (SNAL) Program.
At Canterwood, we believe that:
- The progress of Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed. Our state-of-the-art “micro-environment” approach has already helped so many.
- When a person has a memory impairment, the entire family suffers. We offer support for all family members.
- There are always hidden skills and capabilities that can be uncovered if we research carefully, encourage participation and are patient.
- People, objects and places can all be kept familiar with the careful planning and placement of cues.
- Companionship remains an essential ingredient for successful ageing even for those with memory impairment.