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Sense-Sational Approaches to Memory Care

Sense-Sational Approaches to Memory Care

If your loved one is often anxious or agitated, sensory therapies are simple ways to provide comfort and connection without relying on medication. Everyday objects that once held meaning can stimulate the five senses – touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight – to...

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Find Your Balance: Tai Chi, Qigong & Yoga

Find Your Balance: Tai Chi, Qigong & Yoga

Do you feel less than steady on your feet? Are you worried about painful, costly injuries, or loss of independence? If so, setting aside just a few minutes a day to practice your breathing, movements, and concentration can greatly improve your balance, restore...

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8 Ways to Stay Positive When Caring for Someone with Dementia

8 Ways to Stay Positive When Caring for Someone with Dementia

Caring for a loved one with memory loss can be rewarding – and very, very frustrating. Throw in the emotional and physical tolls it can take on a family caregiver, and it’s easy to see how one can lose sight of the rewards. “Staying positive, especially as the...

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Sense-Sational Approaches to Memory Care

Sense-Sational Approaches to Memory Care

If your loved one is often anxious or agitated, sensory therapies are simple ways to provide comfort and connection without relying on medication. Everyday objects that once held meaning can stimulate the five senses – touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight – to...

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Find Your Balance: Tai Chi, Qigong & Yoga

Find Your Balance: Tai Chi, Qigong & Yoga

Do you feel less than steady on your feet? Are you worried about painful, costly injuries, or loss of independence? If so, setting aside just a few minutes a day to practice your breathing, movements, and concentration can greatly improve your balance, restore...

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8 Ways to Stay Positive When Caring for Someone with Dementia

8 Ways to Stay Positive When Caring for Someone with Dementia

Caring for a loved one with memory loss can be rewarding – and very, very frustrating. Throw in the emotional and physical tolls it can take on a family caregiver, and it’s easy to see how one can lose sight of the rewards. “Staying positive, especially as the...

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Don’t Lose It – Use It! Keeping Your Loved One Engaged.

Don’t Lose It – Use It! Keeping Your Loved One Engaged.

Has your loved one’s dementia caused their get-up-and-go to, well, get up and go? “It’s quite common for people with memory loss to withdraw from activities they once enjoyed because they are depressed, worried about embarrassing themselves, or are afraid of failure,”...

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Early Detection: A Critical Window for Proactive Intervention

Early Detection: A Critical Window for Proactive Intervention

Maybe you forgot to pay a bill or two last month. Maybe your mom or dad gets disoriented on routine trips to or from the store. Are these symptoms of normal aging? Or early signs of dementia? To maximize the benefits of early detection, it’s absolutely critical to...

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A Body in Motion: How to Get Moving for Better Brain Health

A Body in Motion: How to Get Moving for Better Brain Health

Research continues to show that physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your brain. In fact, some studies say 150 minutes of physical exercise per week can reduce older adults’ risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 50%. So how do seniors...

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Planting the Seeds of Health: Oral Hygiene & Memory Loss

Planting the Seeds of Health: Oral Hygiene & Memory Loss

Healthier gums, healthier brain? The Link While the causes of dementia are still debated, several recent studies have discovered compelling evidence linking gum disease to Alzheimer’s disease, specifically the dual presence of the P. gingivalis bacterium in the gums...

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14 Tips for Finding a Retirement Community You’ll Love

14 Tips for Finding a Retirement Community You’ll Love

When shopping for a senior living community, today’s seniors have more exciting lifestyle and service options than any generation before them. While this is a good thing, it can also make the decision-making process that much more overwhelming. However, creating a...

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Facing the Future Together: A Cognitive Impairment Diagnosis

Facing the Future Together: A Cognitive Impairment Diagnosis

Plus, How to Share the Love on Valentine’s Day Your partner or parent just received a dementia diagnosis. Now what? Facing the Future Together An initial dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming, but it can help to remember there is power in being aware of the diagnosis...

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Managing Intimacy with Memory Loss

Managing Intimacy with Memory Loss

According to sexual rights educator Robin Dessel, the older a person gets, the more affection they need. “There’s no less desire or need for camaraderie, intimacy and touch as we age,” she explains. “In fact, loneliness is one of the foremost causes of depression in...

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Why 2020 Is the Best Time to Join Our Memory Care Honors Club

Why 2020 Is the Best Time to Join Our Memory Care Honors Club

With the new year comes the desire for change, progress and a better way of doing things than we’ve done before. When caring for a loved one with memory loss, however, this desire can be even greater. Not only are caregivers and their loved ones often burnt out from...

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The Key Advantages of a Purpose-Built Memory Care Community

The Key Advantages of a Purpose-Built Memory Care Community

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are increasingly affecting many American seniors. This is leaving many seniors and their families looking into Memory Care communities in their area. What makes one stand out from another? Is it the programming? The...

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7 Things Dementia Caregivers Wish They Knew Sooner

7 Things Dementia Caregivers Wish They Knew Sooner

Dementia is a complex medical diagnosis that can affect each individual and their family differently. Because of this, being a caregiver to a loved one with dementia can be a lot to take on. Trying to figure out what is the best way to care for your loved one and aide...

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5 Dementia Caregiver Tips for a Brighter and Better Future

5 Dementia Caregiver Tips for a Brighter and Better Future

As a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, you have been through a lot. Perhaps you have been through some health decisions already and are beginning to realize the many decisions that you will have to make for your loved one in the coming future. “Planning ahead...

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Making the Move into Memory Care for the New Year

Making the Move into Memory Care for the New Year

Planning for the future is an important thing for seniors and caregivers to do. This New Year, make it a resolution to plan ahead or make a change to better your loved one’s life or make your life as a caregiver a little easier. “If your loved one is living with...

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Celebrating Your First Holly Jolly Holiday in Senior Living

Celebrating Your First Holly Jolly Holiday in Senior Living

The wind may have a chill, it’s snowing in the North, holiday cards are arriving and decorations are appearing! The holiday season is approaching quickly and with it, some exciting hustle and bustle, special events and fun. We often hear that there’s no place like...

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The 12 Days of Dementia: Friendly Holiday Activities

The 12 Days of Dementia: Friendly Holiday Activities

The holiday season is now fully upon us. These sentimental festive times are normally spent celebrating together as a family. However, as a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, it can be a struggle to find holiday activities that are all-inclusive. “It’s important...

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5 Ways to Support a Dementia Caregiver During the Holidays

5 Ways to Support a Dementia Caregiver During the Holidays

The holiday season can be a stressful time for anyone. From holiday shopping, meal prepping and planning, preparing the home and creating magical memories, there’s always so much to do. But for those caring for a loved one with memory loss, the list can get even...

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Holiday Hints for Dementia Caregivers

Holiday Hints for Dementia Caregivers

With only a few weeks left in the year, it feels as if we are now fully in the heat of the holiday season. This should be a time of joy and happiness, but as a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, you may be finding yourself overwhelmed, confused and unsure how to...

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4 Meaningful Reminiscence Activities to Try This Thanksgiving

4 Meaningful Reminiscence Activities to Try This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and togetherness. A time where you can talk about your favorite moments from “the good old days” and relive your funniest of memories. This is why many people enjoy the family get together that the holiday can bring, however,...

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5 Ways Respite Care Can Benefit Caregivers During the Holidays

5 Ways Respite Care Can Benefit Caregivers During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for friends, family and giving. We look forward to seeing those we haven’t seen in some time, having a delicious meal consisting of all of our festive favorites and opening presents from those we love. We don’t often think about how that could...

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5 Reasons You Should Consider Retiring to Florida This Winter

5 Reasons You Should Consider Retiring to Florida This Winter

When it's time to retire, many seniors sit and dream about the warm sunshine, spending days doing exactly what they want, heading to the beach and trying every new experience that they can. Unfortunately, many seniors think that this is far out of their realm of...

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5 Ways to Show Care and Compassion for the Dementia Caregiver

5 Ways to Show Care and Compassion for the Dementia Caregiver

The sun rises, it’s been a long night of waking up with their loved one and they are tired. There’s no time to rest, however, it’s time to start the day’s routine. They get up, get themselves ready quickly and just in time to help their loved one dress, take the...

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Senior Living Care Options: Assisted Living vs. Memory Care

Senior Living Care Options: Assisted Living vs. Memory Care

When it comes to finding senior living care options, it can be confusing to know what to choose. However, depending on your loved one’s care needs, the solution can be clear. “When considering Assisted Living and Memory Care, it’s important to take their needs into...

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How to Keep a Senior Loved One with Dementia Safe This Halloween

How to Keep a Senior Loved One with Dementia Safe This Halloween

Halloween is many people’s favorite time of year. Trick-or-treating for delicious candy, looking at all the spooky decorations, going to haunted houses and watching festive Halloween movies… there’s a lot to love! However, for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other...

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How Do I Know If It’s Time for Memory Care?

How Do I Know If It’s Time for Memory Care?

If you are serving as a caregiver to a loved one with memory loss, you may be wondering if your loved one needs more care than you feel you are able to provide. But when is it the right time to make the move to Memory Care? How will I know? While there’s no set answer...

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

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

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

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

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

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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Alzheimer’s 101: Signs, Symptoms and Stages

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

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

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

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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Everything You Need to Know About the Newly Named LATE Dementia

Everything You Need to Know About the Newly Named LATE Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of memory loss, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer's Association®. But what if your loved one was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but it wasn’t actually Alzheimer’s...

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Dementia Care Management 101

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

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 Improve Communication with Loved Ones with Memory Loss

How to Improve Communication with Loved Ones with Memory Loss

When a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of memory loss, communication can become difficult. The changes that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss cause in the brain can create the potential for trouble speaking, issues portraying...

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What Your Doctor Wants You to Know About Managing Medications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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