Alzheimer’s is the most common type of Dementia in the UK, with around 500,000 people today living with the condition. ‘Dementia’ describes the loss of mental ability due to the gradual death of the brain cells. Although the exact cause is still not known, your risk of developing Alzhiemer’s increases with age, a family history of the condition and heart disease. Minor memory problems are usually the first sign of Alzheimer’s Disease, but as the condition progresses, more severe memory problems develop as well as symptoms such as:
- Confusion and disorientation
- Personality changes – becoming more demanding, suspicious or aggressive
- Communication problems
- Hallucinations and delusions (seeing things not there and believing things that are not true)
Although there is no current cure for Alzhiemer’s, new medication is coming to the market slowing down the development of the condition.
Marbrook is where feelings matter most. When someone has Dementia they may lose a sense of what is going on around them, which can lead to more confusion and fear. Taking time to get to know people and find ways of helping them feel safe and to enjoy their selves goes a long way to reducing anxiety. We want to see people in Marbrook enjoying themselves, both staff and residents. There will be lots to do, including spending time in the café, out and about in town or further afield. Relatives are a key part of the team and are not only welcome, but encouraged to take part in their loved one’s life in Marbrook.