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Shedding Light on Alzheimer’s: Our Role in the Fight

As the summer solstice approaches on June 20th, marking the longest day of the year, communities and people all over are getting ready to come together to raise both funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care. Coordinated by The Alzheimer’s Association, The Longest Day® is a fun and creative initiative that invites people of all ages to get involved and promote advocacy. Participation is easy, there’s an activity for everyone to turn into a fundraiser; from sports tournaments, community walks, and bake sales, to craft workshops, talent shows, virtual dance parties, and trivia nights.

At Benchmark Senior Living, we stand alongside The Alzheimer’s Association in its mission to accelerate research and maximize quality care and support for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Here, we believe in the potential of every new day.

Understanding Alzheimer’s: A Growing Crisis

Alzheimer’s isn’t just a disease; it’s an epidemic affecting communities and families everywhere. With approximately 7 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the impact is profound. 

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common cause of dementia. Dementia, an umbrella term for loss of memory and other thinking abilities, significantly interferes with daily life. While researchers believe Alzheimer’s develops from multiple factors like genetics, lifestyle, and environment, recent breakthrough treatments offer a glimmer of hope in the ongoing battle against these obstacles.

Prevention & Hope

Recent research supported by the NIH has shown three encouraging strategies for preventing or slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). While these approaches show promise, further research is needed to fully validate their effectiveness.

Blood Pressure Management: Studies have highlighted the importance of controlling blood pressure, particularly by lowering systolic blood pressure, or the ‘top number,’ to below 120 mmHg can reduce the risk of dementia. Dementia risk was also reduced when high blood pressure was effectively managed with medication.

Increased Physical Activity: Regular exercise has been associated with a decreased risk of age-related cognitive decline and an increase in how well one can think, learn, and remember;  highlighting the importance of staying physically active as we age.

Cognitive Training: Structured cognitive training activities, focusing on memory, reasoning, and processing speed have demonstrated positive outcomes in improving cognitive function in older adults. Examples of these activities include reading, playing games, learning new skills, and socializing.

Mind & Memory Care at Benchmark

At Benchmark Senior Living, we are committed to providing exceptional care and support to individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our Mind and Memory Care communities offer a safe space for our residents with cognitive challenges, where compassion meets innovation to create an environment of dignity, respect, and understanding.

No two people are the same, and neither are their journeys with Alzheimer’s and dementia. That’s why our Mind and Memory Care communities offer tailored care plans designed to meet the unique needs and preferences of each resident. From cognitive exercises to sensory stimulation activities, our programs are thoughtfully crafted to promote cognitive function, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life.

Together, We Can Make a Difference

At Benchmark Senior Living, we measure moments, not time. This means that we focus on the quality of each interaction and experience, ensuring that every moment is meaningful for our residents. Committed to providing the highest quality of care and support to our residents and their families, we navigate the complexities of Alzheimer’s and dementia with compassion and expertise.

As new research sheds light on strategies for preventing and managing Alzheimer’s and dementia, ongoing clinical trials and research initiatives require our support and funding. Your actions, whether through participating in The Longest Day®, supporting organizations, or spreading awareness, play a crucial role in making a meaningful difference in the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Together, let’s create a future where Alzheimer’s is overcome with research, innovation, awareness, and compassion.

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