Alzheimer’s Care Community & Facility

Alzheimer’s Care Programs

Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace is fully-dedicated to supporting you and your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease through our transformative Alzheimer’s community care living experience. Our entire staff—not just our Alzheimer’s caregivers—are trained on the best practices to ensure your mom or dad is well-taken care of. Take a walk through the barrier-free layout in our Alzheimer’s care facility and observe our brain-stimulating programs, accessible amenities, life enrichment programs, and advanced security.

We can even teach you how to better assist with your family members needs through expert-led support groups, personal consultations, and educational workshops. Give our team a call by phone at (630) 534-0886 or fill out our Contact Form to learn more about how your loved one can thrive in our all-inclusive Alzheimer’s facility and community.

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5 Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

Although we have yet to learn what exactly causes Alzheimer’s, this disease has been prominently linked to a few factors related to aging, genetics, mild cognitive disease, and physical or social lifestyle. We have created a list of physical and mental characteristics that are associated with an increased probability of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Age

The age of your mom or dad will not directly impact their probability of developing Alzheimer’s disease. On the other hand, the brain will experience changes that are caused by Alzheimer’s disease as your loved one becomes older. Each of the changes in the brain are harmful to its cells or neurons and are indirectly responsible for the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. The types of alterations that occur in the brain consist of:

  • Atrophy
  • Inflammation
  • Vascular Damage
  • Free Radical Production
  • Cellular Energy Breakdown

Almost 1 out of 3 people 85 years and older have Alzheimer’s. The nurses and caregivers at Terra Vista are prepared with abundant resources and spacious facilities to accommodate your parent with Alzheimer’s care no matter what age or stage of the disease.

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Genetics

If you’re caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, you may or may not know if they have other family members with the disease. While they could have developed it without having other afflicted relatives, the risk of encountering Alzheimer’s disease increases when there are other individuals in the family that have it.

The most prevalent risk gene for Alzheimer’s disease is APOE-e4. This gene has been estimated to be present in 40-65% of diagnosed people. People who inherited two copies of the gene from their parents are at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s or may encounter symptoms at a younger age. Other common APOE genes are APOE-e2 and APOE-e3.

If a doctor confirms your parent has two copies of the APOE-e4 gene, it’s important to talk with your mother or father about the disease and living arrangements in the future. Once a family member starts to display symptoms of dementia, it may be time to consider transitioning them into an Alzheimer’s care facility or community. The ordinary symptoms of Alzhiemer’s include disorientation with location, communication difficulties, memory loss, and variations in mood. If you have anxiety about leaving your mother or father at home during the day, give our staff a call by phone at (630) 534-0886 to become familiar with the memory care programs at Terra Vista.

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Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

A diagnosis for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a sign that your loved ones memory and cognitive skills are lower when compared to an average individual of a similar age. Unlike the middle and late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a diagnosis for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) may not impact the ability of your family member to communicate or complete tasks.

If you discover your parent has Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), they are at a higher risk of developing dementia. You will need to collaborate with them to commit to an Alzheimer’s care strategy and a healthy lifestyle. Promoting this way of living is something we are dedicated to at Terra Vista with our health-conscious dining and immersive physical and mental wellness programs.

Poor Physical & Mental Lifestyle Choices

Similar to heart disease, negative lifestyle choices and behaviors put your mom or dad in danger of developing Alzheimer’s disease later on in life. To help you create a healthy lifestyle for your family member, we have created a list of lifestyle factors that are indirectly associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Lifestyle Factors

  • Inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Secondhand Smoke Exposure
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Type 2 Diabetes Mismanagement

Thankfully, you can reduce your loved ones probability of developing Alzheimer’s by introducing walking into their exercise regime and nutritious foods in their diet. The chefs and dieticians at our Alzheimer’s care facility in Oakbrook Terrace are dedicated to slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by offering healthy meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Minimal Participation in Social Activities

To lower your mothers or fathers risk of developing Alzheimer’s, it’s important to introduce mentally stimulating activities that encourage socialization and movement. The caregivers at our Alzheimer’s care community provide a variety of educational and social programs to residents to promote the development of friendships.

How the Brain Changes in Response to Alzheimer’s Disease

During the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, the brain goes through changes in its cellular and molecular tissue makeup. At the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, a collection of beta-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles will start to develop in the brain. These changes will negatively impact the afflicted person’s level of cognition and functioning. If you are having difficulty caring for a family member with dementia, it’s time to talk with the nurses at our Alzheimer’s care facility about assisted living options. Give our team a call at (630) 534 0886 to discuss the amenities and programs in our community.

Types of Brain Changes

Neurofibrillary Tangles

During healthy brain operations, the tau protein adheres to microtubules inside neurons. They support the transfer of nutrients and molecules from each cell body to its axon and dendrites. In a brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease, the tau protein clumps together and forms neurofibrillary tangles that block exchanges and overall synaptic communication. These abnormal tau protein formations have been found to occur in memory-related cranial regions of the brain.

Beta-Amyloid Plaques

During the formation of Alzheimer’s disease, your parent’s brain experiences the formation of beta-amyloid protein plaques between the neurons. At this high volume of accumulation, the protein is highly toxic and disrupts cellular function—particularly its beta-amyloid 42 form. Once the total amount of beta-amyloid protein becomes too high, it will become easier for tau to spread across the brain.

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6 Ways to Slow the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

Since the specific risks for each person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can vary, there are different methods that can be utilized to slow the advancement of the disease. To help you improve the health of your family member, we have created a list of ways to slow the development of Alzheimer’s.

Participate in Physical Exercise

As a preventative measure against cognitive decline, it’s recommended that your loved one complete at least 30 minutes of mild aerobic exercise 3 to 4 times a week. This could be something easier on the joints like walking, swimming, biking, or dancing. We have a variety of programs that will keep your loved one active, such as our group walks in our Innerwalk™ or participation in our garden club and outings.

Adopt a Healthy Diet

Your mom or dad doesn’t need to go on an ultra-restrictive diet to slow the progression of Alzhieimer’s disease. The dining staff at our Alzheimer’s care facility in Oakbrook Terrace prepare delicious and salt-free meals to incorporate healthy foods into your loved one’s routine. We also offer plenty of “brain-boosting” snacks and treats for energy throughout the day. The Alzheimer’s caregivers at Terra Vista will always be available to assist your family member when they are eating meals.

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Manage Your Stress

Our Alzheimer’s care community has excellent stress management resources through beloved life enrichment programs. This can help alleviate your parent’s stress levels so they can enjoy a stronger, happier level of cognition!

Types of Life Enhancement Programs

  • Bell choir
  • Garden club
  • Yoga therapy
  • Pet therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Music therapy and appreciation
  • Art therapy
  • Daily Sensory based programming

Socialize With People

Our life enrichment programs are also fantastic opportunities for your mom or dad to socialize with others and make new friends. We even have life enrichment stations around our communal areas to encourage interaction over magazines and more. Stimulation through conversation is key to keeping Alzheimer’s disease from worsening at an unmanageable rate, as reclusion and loneliness can exacerbate it.

Get a Sufficient Amount of Sleep

It’s important for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Receiving a healthy amount of sleep is connected to greater amyloid removal and can indirectly slow the development of Alzheimer’s. On the other hand, sleep deprivation has been linked to Alzheimer’s symptoms such as inflammation along your nervous system and abnormal amounts of beta-amyloid and tau protein. To keep your family member healthy, the staff at our Alzheimer’s care facility are dedicated to keeping the community members on a regular sleep schedule.

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Perform Stimulating Activities

On top of the immersive life enrichment programs at our Alzheimer’s facility, your family member dealing with this disease can receive personalized care services that include hobbies and activities they used to enjoy in the past. Stimulation is also maintained through simple everyday puzzles by strategizing or problem-solving with types of activities such as crosswords, sudoku puzzles, chess, checkers, and card games.

Alzheimer’s Care Community in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

The staff at our Alzheimer’s care facility are trained to eliminate the negative risk factors that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease to encourage a healthy lifestyle. If you need assistance caring for a parent with dementia, give our team a call by phone at (630) 534-0886. We are a memory care assisted living facility in Oakbrook Terrace that specializes in caring for individuals with various types of dementia. To keep your family member healthy, our team will collaborate with you to enroll your mother or father in social activities to improve their mental health.

In addition, the caregivers in our community utilize specialized communication methods that are designed to reduce the amount of stress your family member may encounter on a daily basis. On the other hand, we will work with you to develop a healthy diet for your loved one that includes fruits, vegetables, and protein. Our staff is committed to helping your parent live a fulfilling and healthy life.

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