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8384110298_da510e0347_mAlzheimer’s disease is a condition that robs us of our memories, our connection to loved ones, and our sense of identity. But it doesn’t have to steal our dignity.

Nationally, one in every 3 seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

At Rosewood Retirement Community of Chattanooga & Northwest Georgia, we offer Pathways Memory Care, an area dedicated to providing memory care. We work to ensure that every resident receives Love, Support, Understanding, Security, and a Sense of Dignity.

By partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association we enhance the quality of life for our seniors experiencing various levels of cognitive challenge. Our extensively-trained staff will work closely with you to create a personalized program of care and support for your family member.

By providing state-of-the-art Discovery Stations, our residents enjoy the tranquility of 1950’s music from our juke box, remembering songs from their past. Our safety-enhanced workshop features a replica gas station that allows them to use their hands and stimulate their minds. Our specially-trained Life Enrichment Coordinator provides a variety of activities throughout the day in a home-like environment.

We understand the enjoyment and importance of being outdoors and the freedom it brings. Our secure courtyard features beautiful landscaping and a peaceful gazebo where residents can enjoy their day in the shade.

At the same time, our areas are secure because everyone with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is at risk for wandering. Increased confusion and agitation can cause people with the disease to wander and get lost. It is a balance between preserving the resident’s privacy/independence and making sure they are properly fed, bathed, medicated, and socialized on a routine schedule.

It can be difficult to know when to ask for help or to admit that help is needed, but at Rosewood Retirement Community, it’s a given that our caregivers are eager and ready to help. While it may seem like a sign of weakness at first, asking for help when you need it may help you maintain your independence and remain in control.

Rosewood works hand-in-hand with the local Alzheimer’s Association to assist in continued education of our staff, hosting support groups for our families, and educating people in the Chattanooga area.

The association is organizing the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Chattanooga on Sept. 20th at the Tennessee RiverPark. A walk event in Cleveland will be Sept. 27th at the Cleveland Greenway. The event raises money to help advance Alzheimer’s support, care and research. To donate and/or participate, visit http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2014/TN-MidSouth?fr_id=5421&pg=entry or volunteer with Cindy Lowery at (423) 265-3600.

To learn more about Memory Care at The Rosewood at Fort Oglethorpe, visit https://rosewoodforto.com/chattanooga-ccrc-services/fort-oglethorpe-memory-care-community/ or call (706) 866-4443.