Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

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More than five million Americans live with Alzheimer's.

But Country House Residences staff say they try to treat their residents as individuals.

"We really do learn each person, each person's behaviors, so that we can accommodate their day as best as we can. A person with dementia compared to an elder person who is just in the life, a person with dementia may not be able to remember what has just happened," says Kenya Henry-Johnson, Country House Residences Director.

And make the environment feel like home.

"Our kitchen. Keeping those home-cooked meals. Those midwestern meat and potato kind of meals. The smells that come throughout the building. Keep the residents at that familiar place in their lives," says Henry-Johnson.

Country House Residences is the only community in Dickinson solely dedicated to memory and basic care.

The staff say the residents daily routine is centered around who they are and their personal interests.

"The focus is more on the resident centered care, so we kind of go away from the task centered. For example, we don't schedule everything as far as on a time basis. We do everything as the residents need it."

Residents do laundry, help in the kitchen, take daily trips and participate in activities that keep them moving.

Director of Nursing Jessi Polk says they try to emphasize residents' mental and spiritual health with their physical health as well.

"Some days they struggle with the basics, and some days they have really great days, so you really have to slow down, take your time, and really think about what they need at the moment,"says Polk.

Country House is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer's on August 20 at the NDSU Extension Center.