How Important Is Environment to Patients Suffering from Alzheimer's or Dementia

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How Important is Environment to patients Suffering from Alzheimers or Dementia:
Is there no place like home?

With an aging population in Canada it is becoming more apparent that housing is quickly becoming a major area of concern. Should seniors stay in their own homes or more to residential care setting which can provide 24 hour care? This is a difficult decision not only for the older individual, but also for their family, friends and support system. In this review I will take a look at some of the research done regarding this issue. The effect of one’s environment seems to have a significant impact on how well an individual does in various setting whether it be their own homes or in institutional setting.
A great deal of research has taken place to understand the effect of one’s environment on older patients with dementia or Alzheimers and the importance of personal adjustment to various types of institutional or home settings. How patients feel about the environment they are in is relevant and directly related to how the patients progress within their diagnoses and their ability to maintain cognitive function. (Chuck, Milke, & Beck, 2005, p. 330)
The research done to date on the impact of one’s environment on how well they adjust to residential settings for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, seems to indicate that there definitely exists a strong correlation between the individual and their ability to adapt to the residential setting. One of the key factors

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