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5 Common Myths About Your Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s or Dementia

  As we age, it’s normal to consider our risk of developing certain health conditions, including Alzheimer’s or dementia. If you have loved ones with dementia, you might be worried about your own risk of developing memory loss or dementia. Information and misinformation is plentiful when it comes to Alzheimer’s risk and dementia. Here are five common myths about your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and facts to dispel those myths. Myth: If I live long enough, I will eventually develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Fact: Yes, there are more cases of dementia today because the average life span has increased, and risk increases with age, but not all adults will develop Alzheimer’s or dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three senior adults dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The World Health Organization estimates that just five to eight percent of the general population over age 60 is living with dementia. Nearly 14 percent of the population over age 71 has some form of dementia. Myth: I will develop Alzheimer’s disease because it runs in my family. Fact: Risk of dementia does run in families, but genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia isn’t a guarantee that you will develop dementia. People with a genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease can lower their risk by making brain-healthy lifestyle choices. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular physical activity, a healthy diet and keeping your brain active through lifelong learning may help reduce the risk of dementia as you age. Myth: Brain games are the only way to protect against dementia. Fact: Specially designed “brain games”...

The Cottages Increase Fundraising Efforts for Alzheimer’s Research

The Cottages add another fundraiser for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Amarillo, Texas, Sept. 13, 2019 – As a leader in advanced memory care, The Cottages is committed not only to providing top of the line care for those living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other memory disorders, but also contributing to research efforts to find cures for these diseases. In addition to small-scale fundraising efforts throughout the year, this summer, the Cottages launched a fundraising campaign to support the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. One of the largest annual fundraisers for Alzheimer’s research, and held in more than 600 communities nationwide, the West Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held in Amarillo, Texas on September 7, 2019. The Cottages has committed to raising much-needed funding for critical research in finding better care solutions and a cure for Alzheimer’s. The Cottages will be on site hosting a table to showcase all of the work their programs are doing to help those living with memory disorders and their families. Along with information on ways to support those living with memory disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s, The Cottages’ table will offer snacks and games to engage community members. The Cottages’ support of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event comes at the end of the organization’s sustained effort throughout the summer to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. The organization ran a series of events throughout the summer, including dine-ins at local restaurants and larger community involvement activities and events that raised a substantial amount of money to go towards future research in the fight against memory disorders. Committed to improving...

The Cottages Launched Fundraising Efforts for Alzheimer’s Research

The Cottages’ increase their efforts to raise funds for the Walk to End Alzheimer’’ Amarillo, Texas, August 15, 2019 – The Cottages, one of the industry leaders in memory care communities, has been dedicated not only to caring for those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other memory disorders, but also to the research to fight and end these diseases. Beginning in July, The Cottages launched their summer fundraising campaign to raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Featuring many fun and family-friendly events, here are the highlights from the summer: Bahama Buck’s restaurant dine-in fundraiser July 31st was a huge success. The restaurant donated 20% of all proceeds during a 2-hour window from anyone who mentioned the Alzheimer’s Association. In August we saw The Cottages employees running a luncheon consisting of brisket sandwiches, chips, cookies, and bottled water. They delivered each meal personally and only charged $7.00 per sandwich. There were even more events this summer: Over two weeks, August 4th through August 17th, The Cottages had a unique fundraiser called “You’ve been Fluttered.” Set up sort of like a game of tag, each participant donated $15 and received 15 plastic butterflies. The game is to place all 15 in a neighbor’s, friend’s, or family member’s lawn. Whoever gets “fluttered” is essentially tagged and must donate $15 to get the 15 plastic butterflies to put in someone else’s yard, and so on. On August 15th, The Cottages hosted a single-day fundraiser with a dine-in at Schlotzsky’s restaurant. Anyone who dined between 4 pm and 9 pm that day can informed their server that they were raising money for...

The Impact of Architectural Design on Dementia

Exposure to natural light can be therapeutic, even healing. It is not a new concept that exposure to daylight is good for the soul, but it is also essential for our health. Studies have shown that workers in offices with daylight exposure are more productive and more content. On the flipside, research has also shown that people who work the night shift are more likely to have Type 2 diabetes or be obese. One study found that inadequate natural light in homes contributes to an increased risk of depression and falls.  New research from USC Assistant Professor Kyle Konis reinforces the benefits of architectural design to maximize natural light for aging adults with a variety of health issues. Konis’ study looked at approximately 80 residents of dementia communities in California and found that those who had early morning exposure to natural light had improved mood, reduced depression and fewer psychoactive symptoms. Memory loss is just one of the devastating challenges facing senior adults living with dementia. Depression, agitation and difficulty sleeping are common with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Inadequate exposure to daylight only exacerbates these symptoms, while pharmaceutical drugs can affect the quality of a person’s life.  Could a change in environment make a difference, slowing cognitive delay and mitigating associated behavioral issues? Although more research on the impact of daylighting on dementia is needed, what we do know is that exposure to daylight may reduce depression for residents of memory care facilities. At The Cottages, we believe exposure to natural daylight is essential for physical, emotional and mental health. That’s why each of The Cottages communities...

Stand Up to the Darkness of Alzheimer’s on The Longest Day

Each year on the longest day of the year — the summer solstice on June 21 — participants from around the globe join together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s Disease. The Longest Day events worldwide raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. In the U.S. alone, more than five million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By the year 2050, this number is expected to rise as high as 16 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The Longest Day is a global effort to fund research efforts until together we can end Alzheimer’s. June 21 is the day with the most light. The Longest Day symbolizes the dark and difficult journey faced by those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to turn their passions and hobbies into unique experiences they can share with others as they participate in The Longest Day to honor those living with the disease. Watch this video and be inspired. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ff3uXoOuJLw” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe> Here’s how you can participate in The Longest Day 2019: Select an activity you love. Do something you love — or honor a caregiver, someone living with Alzheimer’s, or someone you’ve lost by selecting his or her favorite hobby. Pick a way to participate. Start or join a team, host an event, or register as an individual. Choose the way that works best for you! Learn more here. Raise money to move the cause forward. To advance research...