Health Info & Resources for Seniors
The Village at Palmerton, a personal care home in Palmerton, is converting an area of their existing senior living building into a secure memory care community called Evergreen. This is good news not only for Carbon County but also northern Lehigh County residents in Schnecksville, Slatington, Walnutport and other towns that trust the care of their loved ones to the Village at Palmerton.
The Evergreen Memory Care Community will offer personalized dementia care for up to 12 individuals. The community will offer private and semi-private rooms and have a specialized 24-7 staff experienced in caring for those with memory issues.
The community will be secure so that residents cannot wander. In addition, residents will be engaged with specialized activities, therapies and attention necessary to address each resident’s dementia needs. Evergreen is slated to open by this summer.
“We are very excited for our Evergreen Memory Care Community,” says Violanda Gonzalez, Marketing Director at The Village at Palmerton. “There is a lot of need out there and we will be fully equipped to address the needs of those with dementia.”
Is It Dementia Or Just Old Age?
With the opening of Evergreen Memory Care, here are some details on recognizing the changes you see in your aging loved one.
As we get older things change. We maintain our intelligence, but our brains change. We are less physically and mentally flexible, and we take more time to process information. Our memory changes as well, and it’s more difficult to remember names, places and other things as we age.
So what are specific examples of normal, old-age forgetfulness? Recently, Harvard Medical School identified several normal memory problems:
The tendency to forget facts or events over time. You are most likely to forget information soon after you learn it.
This type of forgetting occurs when you don’t pay close enough attention. You forget where you just put your pen because you didn’t focus on where you put it in the first place.
Someone asks you a question and the answer is right on the tip of your tongue — you know that you know it, but you just can’t think of it.
Misattribution occurs when you remember something accurately in part, but misattribute some detail, like the time, place, or person involved.
Suggestibility is the vulnerability of your memory to the power of suggestion — information that you learn about an occurrence after the fact becomes incorporated into your memory of the incident, even though you did not experience these details.
In your memory, your perceptions are filtered by your personal biases — experiences, beliefs, prior knowledge, and even your mood at the moment.
The persistence of memories of traumatic events, negative feelings, and ongoing fears is another form of memory problem.
If you suspect any memory issues with your aging loved one then seek the counsel of your doctor. If you are interested in memory care living then schedule a tour at The Village at Palmerton 610-824-7406, thevillageatpalmerton.com.