What Is Dementia?

While the word “dementia” is often taken to refer to one disease, it actually refers to a group of symptoms that are indicative of mental processes changing due to disease or injury to the brain. These symptoms are marked by memory loss, changes in personality, and declining reasoning skills.

We Provide Memory Care in Knoxville

As we get older, it is natural for our memories to decline to an extent. Maybe you’ve forgotten to close the garage door after gardening, or perhaps you’ve misplaced something important that you use on a daily basis. Memory lapses are completely normal and to be expected as we age. However, conditions like Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia can exacerbate this decline, resulting in difficulty with thinking, reasoning, and performing simple daily tasks. People with dementia may completely lose everyday items, such as wallets, keys, or items of clothing. They may also miss appointments, forget to eat meals, or get lost in familiar neighborhoods. If you or a loved one is struggling with progressive dementia, then we hope that you will consider joining our senior community at Prosperity Pointe Assisted Living. We provide comprehensive memory care as part of our elderly care services.

Our memory care residents enjoy all of the amenities afforded to our assisted living residents with the added comfort of having a caregiver by their side to ensure their safety and well-being. Residents will further benefit from specialized programming designed for the various forms of dementia. At Prosperity Pointe, we work with the understanding that each form of dementia brings different opportunities to enrich the lives of those we serve. A few features of our dementia care program include the following:

  • Dedicated nurses
  • Dementia unit with specialized memory care services
  • “Happiness Is” program
  • Mind, body, and soul therapy
  • Small group activities
  • Hand-over-hand assistance
  • Ongoing staff training
  • Volunteer service opportunities

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Please reach out to a member of Prosperity Pointe if you would like to learn more about any of our services and therapies.

When is the move to an assisted living community right for someone with dementia?

If you’re not sure if you or your loved one is struggling with dementia, you should first seek a professional diagnosis. Your physician will use a series of cognitive, neurological, and laboratory tests, including brain scans, to determine if you or your loved one’s symptoms indicate dementia. In the meantime, keep an eye out for the following signs that can be indicative of cognitive decline:

  • An inability to remember the day, date, season, or other indications of time and place.
  • A loss of interest in hobbies, often marked by a loss of interest in learning new things.
  • A tendency to misplace things. People with dementia are often unable to retrace their steps.
  • An inability to remember words once used frequently in everyday life.
  • A decline in reasoning skills, judgment, and decision-making skills.
  • An inability to perform daily tasks around the home.
  • Withdrawal from work, friends, or family.
  • A notable change in mood or personality.
  • Difficulty with planning and scheduling.
  • Repetitive questions or actions.

Generally speaking, the move to a dedicated memory care facility is warranted when a person can no longer care for themselves, or if they are putting their life and the lives of others in danger. Every situation is different, however, and speaking with a medical professional is necessary before any life-altering decisions are made.


If you or a loved one is struggling with diagnosed dementia, then get in touch with the memory care experts at Prosperity Pointe Assisted Living. Our goal is for all of our residents to prosper, and we would love the opportunity to bring you or your loved one into our warm and welcoming community.

Do you have questions, comments, or concerns to share with our staff? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling our office or by contacting us online through the form below.

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