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The Wesley Community Connection

FEBRUARY 2015

New Wesley Business Office Open  

Come and tour our new administrative offices during our Open House.
Friday, February 27th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
396 Louden Road 
(Near Northway Exit 15 - behind Wilton Mall)
We hope to see you there!
The Wesley Community's new administrative offices now house most of our financial services staff including accounting and billing. Phone numbers and email addresses of staff remain the same. Please note that the resident accounts desk has hours at Wesley Health Care Center for your convenience.

Have You Tried the Embury Cafe? 

Perhaps you thought the Embury Café serves only residents and staff. Not true! Family members and other visitors to The Wesley Community are welcome to come and eat at our Café.

Our menu includes popular foods in a casual atmosphere. We’re open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. On Mondays – one of our most popular days - you can count on delicious pizza or chicken wings for lunch. Wednesdays enjoy diner favorites like macaroni ‘n cheese, a hot turkey sandwich or a sandwich from the deli board. Other days we have burgers and hot dogs; quesadillas and wraps; scrumptious crab cakes or fish; and for Sunday dinner, roast beef, baked ham or other home style favorites. Besides our specialties of the day we offer homemade soups and our fresh salad bar daily. Try our homemade Saratoga Chips, or a dessert or pastry from Gamble's Bakery.

Menus for breakfast and lunch are available at each of our buildings – Wesley, Woodlawn, or Embury. We have plenty of room for you to bring someone from any of our residences who would enjoy getting out. Or you can stop and get a meal to take with you. Another thing: our prices are great. 

Breakfast hours are 6:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Lunch is served from 10:45 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. If you’re in the neighborhood, feel free to stop by for a cup of coffee, a snack or a full meal. We look forward to serving you!   
 

Outpatient Therapies


If you or someone you love suffers from arthritis,a repetitive motion injury, a traumatic brain injury, or one of a variety of neurological disorders, we can help. Our customized occupational therapy treatments help people regain physical skills that make life easier. 

Wesley Outpatient Therapies also offers physical and speech therapies, and specialty programs including aquatic therapy, wound care, and continence care, just to name a few. We serve all ages, from children to older adults.

For more information about our array of therapy services, please contact Tara VanBuren, our Outpatient Therapies director, at 518.691.2454.  
 

Look for us at the Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show
Saratoga Springs City Center

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday   /   February 27 -  March 1

Stop by our booth and say hello!

 

Are Your Loved One’s Dementia Symptoms Reversible?
 

Too often, doctors and caregivers see symptoms of dementia as permanent when the problem may be a simple infection.

 

By Gary Drevitch for Next Avenue

 

My kids, at least the older two, were born with a full complement of grandmas and grandpas, plus a great-grandmother. While the ranks of grandparents have thinned somewhat in recent years, that 98-year-old “Nanny,” my wife’s grandmother, endures.


In fact, Nanny continues to live on her own, in an Upper Manhattan apartment, with the support of her walker, a daytime home-care aide, and a delightful pet cat. She manages her finances and keeps up with her large extended family, limited in conversation only by her somewhat impaired hearing.
 
So it was a surprise to many of us when she recently started to show fairly sudden and pronounced signs of dementia, characterized by mood swings, a far less sharp conversational tone, and paranoia, especially about her finances. Still, given her age, many of those around her imagined that this was it, that she had finally succumbed to dementia and would face declining faculties for the rest of her life.
 
We were wrong.
 
After a few weeks, Nanny was taken to her doctor to find out what the cause of her dementia might be. As it turned out, she was not suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or, in fact, any permanent dementia-causing syndrome. She had a simple urinary-tract infection, which was treated with antibiotics, restoring her previous sharpness.
 
I should have been able to come up with this diagnosis. My late mother long lived with, and eventually died from complications of vascular dementia, a condition periodically worsened by UTIs, which caused increased agitation and confusion. When the urinary tract infections were treated, the symptoms eased, although the accumulated infections probably sped up the overall progression of her dementia.
 
UTIs, which affect women more often than men, are common among the elderly, and easily treated with antibiotics. They represent just one of several conditions that can potentially cause dementia or delirium-like effects in that population. According to the National Institute on Aging, too many doctors make the same mistake that most relatives do, seeing dementia as a natural part of aging and failing to check for causes of what is sometimes called pseudosenility or reversible dementia. Depending on the overall health of the patient, reversible symptoms resembling dementia can be caused by high fever, dehydration, vitamin deficiency or poor nutrition, a bad reaction to medications, a thyroid problem or a minor head injury. Stress or depression can also bring on similar symptoms and should be treated to alleviate the effects.
 
The real shame is that, as the National Institute on Aging puts it, “much pain and suffering can be avoided if older people, their families, and their doctors recognize dementia as a disease, not part of normal aging.”
 
Family caregivers who notice sudden, unexplained changes in their loved one’s personality, whether it be confusion, agitation, or withdrawal, should take action and contact a doctor who can explore all the possible causes, rather than throwing up their hands and accepting the symptoms as an inevitable part of aging. Keep in mind that your loved one, as he or she suffers the effects of reversible dementia, is unlikely to be able to communicate the cause to you.
 
With quick action, a caregiver may be able to get relief for the patient's symptoms and help a loved one, like Nanny, return to the business of watching Grand Slam tennis tournaments, playing cards, and dispensing candy and quarters to great-grandchildren.
 
 
Copyright© 2014 Next Avenue, a division of Twin Cities Public Television, Inc. 
 
Thank you for your interest in The Wesley Community! 

To learn more, visit www.TheWesleyCommunity.org or use one of these links:

Embury Apartments
Evergreen Adult Day Services
Outpatient Therapies
Wesley Health Care Center
Woodlawn Commons
Ways To Give To Wesley

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