MorningSide Residence maintains “Specialty licenses” with the Department of Social and Health Services of Washington State, The licenses are:
• Dementia Specialty
• Mental Health Specialty
NORMAL MEMORY LOSS VS. MEMORY IMPAIRMENT
As we age, the process of recalling information slows down. It is normal to experience memory loss such as not being able to recall an acquaintance's name or appointments, or not remembering what you wanted in the kitchen once you get there. Occasional memory problems may result from stress, distractions, grief, fatigue, poor vision or hearing, use of alcohol, an illness, or trying to remember too many details at once. Clinical depression also may cause poor concentration, sleep disturbance, or other symptoms that lead to forgetfulness in persons who do not have Alzheimer's disease.
WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
Dementia is the loss of intellectual functions (such as thinking, remembering and reasoning) of sufficient severity as to interfere with a person's daily functioning. People with dementia experience short-term memory lapses and confusion that are more persistent, more severe, and more disabling than normal forgetting. These memory problems affect performance of everyday activities such as handling finances, doing household chores, and maintaining good hygiene habits.
WHAT IS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE?
Alzheimer's disease is the most common of the dementia disorders. It is a progressive, degenerative disease that attacks the brain and results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior. Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease :
• Recent memory loss – forgetting more often and not remembering later
• Difficulty performing familiar or routine tasks – meal preparation, doing laundry
• Problems with language – trouble finding the right word, forgetting simple words, substituting inappropriate words
• Disorientation of time and place – getting lost in your own neighborhood, not knowing how to get home or to familiar places
• Poor or decreased judgment – dressing inappropriately, layering clothing, disrobing in public, leaving stove burners on
• Problems with abstract thinking – balancing a checkbook, coming up with a reasonable plan to an everyday problem like a toilet that is overflowing
• Misplacing things – putting things in inappropriate places and cannot remember where to find common items, putting frozen items in oven
• Changes in mood or behavior – rapid mood swings for no apparent reason
• Changes in personality – becoming confused, suspicious, fearful and may think family members are stealing things
• Loss of initiative – becoming very passive and requiring cues and prompting to become involved