As the caregiver or family member of a senior who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you likely have questions and concerns.
The Kensington Redondo Beach has partnered with Lauren Miller Rogen, co-founder of Hilarity for Charity, to host a virtual panel discussion on brain health, including the care, cure, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, on Nov. 10.
During this event, there will be special guests, including:
- Doris Molina-Henry
- Assistant Professor at the USC Keck School of Medicine Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute
- Sarah Kremen, MD
- Behavioral Neurologist and the Director of the Neurobehavior Program at the Jona Goldrich Center for Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center
- Sharon Sha, MD
- Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University and Medical Director of the Stanford Neuroscience Clinical Trials Group
- Charles Windon, MD
- Assistant professor of neurology at the University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center
- Leila Parand, MD
- Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
During this informative event these panelists will help you learn about Alzheimer’s disease, what to do after receiving a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis, how to overcome caregiver challenges, and more.
How to navigate life after a loved one receives dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis
When you learn that a loved one has a memory disease, it can be discouraging and overwhelming.
The best way to support your loved one and empower yourself as a caregiver is to learn about the disease, the type of care your loved one will need, and how to continue taking care of yourself.
It’s common for a loved one’s family members to be emotionally, mentally, and physically affected by their diagnosis.
It may feel like you’re losing your loved one, but many agree that while their memories will fade, their essence is still there.
Creating a care plan to help your loved one stay comfortable will be one of the best things you can do for them.
Your care plan may include what they will need during each stage of the disease, how they will receive the care and support they need, and when they should transition to an assisted living and memory care community.
When you choose a senior living community such as The Kensington Redondo Beach, your loved one will receive top-notch care, special services, and extensive resources.
Hereditary risk factors and prevention of Alzheimer’s
While researchers agree that no single factor leads to Alzheimer’s disease, they have learned that specific genes may increase your and your family’s risk.
The most common genes include:
- APOE e4
- APOE e3
- APOE e2
You can find out if you or your loved one have one of these risk genes through genetic testing. Since the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing, scientists are working hard to learn more about the disease and the brain.
It’s believed that a combination of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors creates memory disease, not one gene or factor.
The best way to protect the brain and allow it to age naturally is to reduce risk factors by:
- Eating a brain-healthy diet
- Getting enough sleep
- Treating other illnesses
- Limiting stress
During the event, panelists will discuss more factors and prevention measures, so you can help your loved one live a high-quality life.
The latest breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research and treatment
With over 6.5 million adults living with Alzheimer’s, research and new medications for diseases like Alzheimer’s are essential to seniors’ health and well-being.
Every day, scientists aim to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and how to treat it. Currently, scientists are focusing on treatments targeting beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain.
Clumps of beta-amyloid are often found in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, making this treatment a significant breakthrough.
The new drug Lecanemab targets beta-amyloid and has shown promise in slowing the progression of the disease.
Biogen and Eisai pharmaceutical companies hope this new drug will be FDA-approved by next January.
Blood testing has become a reliable way to detect beta-amyloid in the brain of those with Alzheimer’s disease. Even those who are not yet showing symptoms.
There will be a discussion on blood testing and breakthroughs at our event.
The Kensington Redondo Beach devotes care to both seniors and families
The Kensington Redondo Beach supports our residents through every stage of their life and meets even the highest care needs.
Our professional team has been trained in high-acuity care and offers our residents compassion, assistance, respect, and the opportunity to maintain their independence.
When our resident’s conditions advance, we reevaluate their individualized care plan and accommodate their new needs, no matter how their condition may progress.
To maintain and improve our loved one’s health and happiness, we offer:
- On-site nurses
- Medication administration and injections
- Alzheimer’s care
- Dementia care
- Parkinson’s care
- Neurologic and stroke recovery
- Healthy and delicious dining services
- Life-enrichment activities
- Rehabilitation services
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Therapeutic and wellness services
- Cozy suites
For our residents’ families we provide caregiver resources and tips on our blog, encourage empowerment and offer informative events.
We also encourage families to be involved in their senior loved ones’ lives by visiting them and taking advantage of our dining room and lovely grounds.
The Kensington Redondo Beach, your partner in caregiving
At The Kensington, Our Promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own.
We maintain this promise by treating your loved one with respect and offering them around-the-clock-loving care, a full spectrum of clinical support, and a passionate team equipped to meet your loved one’s needs.
With two memory care communities, Connections and Haven, we can accommodate your loved ones to our resident’s individualized care plans.
Contact us to learn more about our communities and our services, and register here for our event. If you are interested in more upcoming events, visit our blog.