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My Senior Loved One Was Diagnosed with Dementia … Now What?

If you have a loved one who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may be unsure what your next steps are in your journey. “One of the first and most important things you can do is to take some time to gather your thoughts and...

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Frequently Asked Questions: POLST Form vs. Living Will

From the time we’re young, we’re told it’s best to plan for a secure future today. What many of us don’t think about, however, is how we want to be cared for in the future. If something were to happen to you today, do your loved ones know how you’d like to be cared...

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My Senior Loved One Was Diagnosed with Dementia … Now What?

If you have a loved one who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may be unsure what your next steps are in your journey. “One of the first and most important things you can do is to take some time to gather your thoughts and...

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Frequently Asked Questions: POLST Form vs. Living Will

From the time we’re young, we’re told it’s best to plan for a secure future today. What many of us don’t think about, however, is how we want to be cared for in the future. If something were to happen to you today, do your loved ones know how you’d like to be cared...

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What to Do When Dementia Caregiving Ends

Caregivers dedicate so much time and attention to serving their loved ones that when your journey as a caregiver ends, it can leave you feeling numb, unsure and frozen in time. Unfortunately, many of us know this is inevitable and we’ve done the best we can, but no...

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Alzheimer’s 101: Signs, Symptoms and Stages

Do you have a loved one you believe may have Alzheimer’s disease? Or has a loved one recently been diagnosed, leaving you with a desire to learn more so you can provide the best care and support possible? If so, knowing the signs, symptoms and stages can help you...

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Medical Cannabis: Facts vs. Fiction

When it comes to medical cannabis, there are a multitude of myths going around that many perceive as facts. Although it can be easy to buy into the myths, it’s important to know the facts in order to take advantage of some of the benefits that medical cannabis can...

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Biology of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be difficult to understand. Why do some people get dementia, and why do some never have a memory issue? What causes Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss? The answer comes down to biology. According to...

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Get Heart Smart: 5 Tips to Optimize Your Heart Health

No matter your age, having a healthy heart is important. Truth be told, many of us don’t take care of it enough. We may think that eating right, not smoking and some mild exercise helps care for it plenty, and while it’s true that it helps, there’s still a long way to...

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Dementia Care Management 101

When a loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it’s important to know what to expect and how to provide the level of care your loved one needs. If you and your family members are caring for your loved one together, or you are hiring...

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Medications Used to Treat Dementia

If you or a loved one are living with dementia, or have recently been diagnosed, you may be unsure of what your treatment options are. Unfortunately, there’s not yet a way to cure dementia, but we can manage some symptoms. Often, we try to manage the symptoms of...

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How to Reduce Resistance and Refusal in Dementia Care

If your loved one is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it’s likely that you’ve come across times your loved one didn’t want your help or didn’t want to do something they truly needed to do. As memory loss progresses, this can get worse, so...

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What Your Doctor Wants You to Know About Managing Medications

As seniors age, they tend to take a greater number of medications and supplements to enhance their health. This can lead to a range of drug interactions and can potentially harm health, so it’s important to talk to a doctor about medication management. “Medication...

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4 Dementia Community Resources You Can’t Be Without

Caring for a loved one with dementia is truly a team effort. Caregivers often need help caring for their loved one to avoid burnout and caregiver stress; they need support and education to continue being the caregiver their loved one needs and - most of all - they...

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How to Keep Your Loved One Safe at Home

When your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may struggle with their symptoms and how to keep them as safe as possible at home. They may be prone to wandering, might leave household appliances on or may even get into potentially toxic...

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10 Warning Signs for Early Detection of Dementia

When a loved one begins to exhibit some changes in their abilities and memories, it can be a scary thing. Many people have a tendency to jump straight into thinking their loved one may have a form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, but many of these changes are...

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5 Ways You Can Provide Support for a Dementia Caregiver

Caring for a loved one with memory loss is time-consuming, emotional and rewarding. In fact, many caregivers sacrifice their income, their jobs, time spent with family and friends and self-care to ensure their loved one is safe, happy and well. Caregiving is not an...

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The Journey of Living with Parkinson’s Disease Dementia

When you or a loved one are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, you might not know exactly what to expect. From what common symptoms are exhibited and how it will change you or a loved one, to what you’ll need to consider as a caregiver and family member...

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4 Ways to Ease the Transition to a Memory Care Community

When it comes time for your loved one to live the life they deserve at a Memory Care community, you may wonder how to best transition them so the change is less of a shock. Fortunately, there are many ways to ease into it, allowing for a smooth transition and a better...

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Preserving Your Family Memories, Treasures and Trinkets

At any family get-together or holiday, chances are there are a number of traditions you follow, stories you share and photographs or trinkets you bond over. Many of these are told and shared for years so long as they are preserved. Many of us can recall precious...

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The Benefits of Person-Centered Dementia Caregiving

Caring for a loved one with memory loss can be difficult because there are so many different forms of dementia. From Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease to frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies, no form is exactly the same. Each has its own symptoms,...

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Financial Planning 101: Calculating the Cost of Retirement

When it’s time to begin retirement planning, many seniors get overwhelmed. How much will retirement cost? Will I be able to afford it? What if I can’t live the lifestyle I want? There are so many questions that go through their minds, and it can often be remedied by...

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Health & Retirement: Financial Planning for Your Future

As seniors age, it becomes more important to ensure they are retirement-ready. Whether that includes planning for future care or making sure they are financially able to take care of impending health needs, it’s never too soon or too late to start. “It’s crucial to...

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Brain Food: 7 Ways Seniors Can Boost Health and Wellness

It’s National Nutrition Month, and what better way to ring it in than being the healthiest version of yourself that you can be? Whether your aim is to boost brain health, emotional well-being or overall health and wellness, it’s never too late or too early to start....

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5 Springtime Reminiscing Activities for Seniors with Dementia

The seasons are beginning to change and it’s getting a little warmer, this means spending more time outside and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors! While spring usually puts a little pep in your step, it also has an array of health benefits for seniors with dementia!...

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7 Early Warning Signs of Memory Loss

“What day is it?” “Who is the person you were just talking to?” “Where did I put my keys, now?” These may all sound like common questions a parent or loved one may ask, but there is one very distinct difference – some are signs of normal aging, and some are signs of...

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Dementia 101: Understanding the Different Forms

When many people hear the words Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, they often believe that they are both the same thing. In fact, many people believe that all forms of memory loss are dementia. While this is true to an extent, a better way of putting it is that various...

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Spousal Caregiving: How Dementia Changes a Marriage

When people plan for the future, they often think about when they will get married, how many children they will have and where they will live. Once children come along, many figure that it’s a good time to create a will and plan for future care needs. Some people,...

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12 Facts About Dementia Caregiving

According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, every 65 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease and one in three seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia dies. Unfortunately, this makes it the 6th leading cause of death within the United States....

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Caregiver Strong: Staying Positive Through the Ups and Downs

Even for the most resourceful family caregivers, tending to the needs of a loved one with a chronic condition or memory loss is a lot to bear. The emotional, physical and financial burdens involved with caregiving make it easy for caregivers to experience burnout,...

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Why YourLife™ Is Your Source for Guidance and Support

Caring for a loved one with memory loss can be journey of challenges and trials, purpose and perseverance. From the time your loved one’s first symptoms appear to when they experience the later stages of dementia, you are there to comfort and care for them – but you...

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Caregiver Strong: Staying Positive Through the Ups and Downs

Even for the most resourceful family caregivers, tending to the needs of a loved one with a chronic condition or memory loss is a lot to bear. The emotional, physical and financial burdens involved with caregiving make it easy for caregivers to experience burnout,...

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Why YourLife™ Is Your Source for Guidance and Support

Caring for a loved one with memory loss can be journey of challenges and trials, purpose and perseverance. From the time your loved one’s first symptoms appear to when they experience the later stages of dementia, you are there to comfort and care for them – but you...

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10 Dementia Caregiving Resolutions for the New Year

New Year’s is the perfect time to reevaluate your lifestyle and motivate yourself to make changes for the better. As a dementia caregiver, there may be many things you wish you could change, many of which are out of your control. However, you are still in charge of...

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How to Manage Dementia Caregiver Stress During the Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, stress can be at an all-time high. From shopping for presents and wrapping them to decorating and preparing dishes for the feasts and more, it can all be a little overwhelming. For caregivers of a loved one with dementia,...

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5 Holiday Travel Tips with a Loved One with Dementia

The holidays are meant to be a time with friends and family, full of good cheer, love and laughter. For many caregivers of seniors with dementia, what is usually a happy time can become stressful and anxiety-ridden. While much of this may have to do with holiday...

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Holiday Meal Planning Tips for Dementia Caregivers

As the holiday season begins, most of us are starting to plan our schedules for the next two months and beyond. Besides gift-shopping, the biggest planning task for many is coordinating family get-together and big holiday meals. These can be challenging enough, but...

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Seniors and Scams: How To Protect Aging Adults

As much as we like to believe that people are good, the unfortunate reality is that there are a lot of not-so-nice apples out there. While scams and cons have been going on since cavemen roamed the earth, these days it seems like you can’t turn around without hearing...

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The Role of Digital Technology in Memory Care

These days, technology is commonplace and completely ingrained into our daily routines. Need to know how to get somewhere? Pull up Google Maps and you’re off. Having a quiet night in and want to watch a favorite movie? Netflix, you and popcorn are the perfect...

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The Use of Touch-Screen Televisions in Memory Care

Have you ever had a moment, when using your phone or computer or tablet, when you’ve done something and thought: Wow! How did I do that before having this technology? These days, technology is everywhere – in our cars, at our gyms, even at our favorite fast-food...

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Managing YourLife™ With State-of-The-Art Care and Wellness

“Once I’m retired, I’m going to…” “As soon as I turn 65, I plan on…” “When we sell our house and move into a senior living community, we will…” Do any of these phrases sound familiar to you? For many people, getting older can be something to look forward to. If you’ve...

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The Benefit of Individualized Memory Care and Support

The memory loss journey – whether from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory-related illness – is unique to each individual. That’s because the brain is a complex organism, and because each person’s memories and experiences are completely different,...

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How to Create a Safe Home for Your Loved One with Dementia

As we age, our mobility and physical abilities decrease, which means modifications need to be made around our homes in order to live safely. However, if you’re a caregiver of a loved one with dementia, there are other factors you need to take into consideration in...

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The Psychological Benefits of Proper Lighting in Memory Care

When you’re searching for a Memory Care community for your loved one, you have a list of requirements that must be met. Such as safety, so your loved one doesn’t get lost or injured. Compassionate staff, so your loved one’s physical and emotional needs are being taken...

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Utilizing Respite Care for a Loved One While Going on Vacation

Summer’s here, and many families are gearing up for traveling plans and vacations. For family caregivers, though, preparing to go on vacation can be an overwhelming task, especially if their loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The...

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What You Need to Know About Common Dementia Medications

While there is currently no cure for dementia, a few medications are available that can help to lessen the symptoms many experience as memory loss progresses. In addition to personal care support, holistic therapies and adaptations to a person’s environment and...

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