Memory Care FAQs

We know that many seniors and their families may have questions about the way of life at Northbridge and the various senior living choices. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions and answers. Reach out to us with any additional questions about our communities.

According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a “progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes.” Among those 65 or older, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause for the loss of intellectual function.

Alzheimer’s disease can now be diagnosed with up to 90 percent accuracy. Neuropsychological tests are performed that gauge memory, attention, problem-solving abilities and language skills. Symptoms are much easier to manage when diagnosis is made in the early stages. Unfortunately there is currently no known cure although research in this field is ongoing.

Dementia is a clinical state characterized by the loss of function in several cognitive domains. It is a general term used to describe groups of symptoms such as loss of memory, judgment, complex motor skills and language. Many major disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease cause dementia. Several other diseases can also cause dementia, such as Parkinson’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, Huntington’s and multi-infarct or vascular disease, caused by multiple strokes in the brain. Accurate diagnosis is critical since dementia may also be caused by thyroid problems or vitamin deficiencies. Unlike Alzheimer’s, these conditions may be reversible.

No treatment is yet available to stop or reverse the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. However, certain medications such as Aricept®, Exelon®, or Reminyl® may delay symptoms for a limited time for patients in the early to middle stages. At Northbridge Companies our unique Avita Memory Care program helps our residents to be sucsessful and enjoy their lives within the disease.

We engage our residents in activities that evoke familiarity and comfort to minimize adverse symptoms. The Avita Program is adapted to each resident’s needs. We use methods such as art, cooking or music therapy to stimulate the resident’s creativity and senses, or tasks such as setting the table, to empower the individual. We also incorporate hobbies the resident may have previously enjoyed. These methods have been found to greatly aid in maintaining independence for those with Alzheimer’s. Our goal is to help each resident live with the highest possible level of independence and comfort.