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Leaving Your Legacy: 5 Eye-Opening Benefits of Ancestry Research

Grandparents Day is September 13, a great time to honor all the grandparents and grandchildren in your family, past and present and future, by recording your family’s legacy.

With the simplicity of at-home DNA tests and the massive amounts of data available on sites such as Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, and 23andMe.com, millions of Americans are turning into bona fide genealogy sleuths – and for lots of interesting and useful reasons.

Self-Care: One Size Does Not Fit All

Today was one for the books. Your loved one resisted your every request, wandered halfway to the sidewalk before you noticed she was missing, and there wasn’t anything “fine” about today’s dining experiences. You deserve to treat yourself to a long bubble bath and a box of bonbons for a job well done.

No, really. You do.

“Any day that ends with a caregiver having done his or her best is a job well done,” says Suzy McCann, Community Relations Director of YourLifeTM of Pensacola, a Memory Care community in Pensacola, Florida.

The Caregiver Balancing Act

You’re not a magician, but some days, you sure do feel like one.

Juggling, tightrope walking, lion taming ... however you visualize your balancing act, successfully managing multiple roles, responsibilities, and relationships all at once is a tricky business. Throw caregiving duties into the mix without adjusting your rhythm, passing tasks to a teammate, or removing distractions can lead to a lot of dropped balls, missed steps, and confused cats.

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How to Step In ... to Step Back: Supporting Independence in Mild Stages of Dementia

An initial dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming for families experiencing it for the first time. Many who don’t understand the many stages of memory loss might rush to step in and, among other things, hang up their loved one’s car keys or try to get them to move if they live alone.

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The Power of Being Mindfully Present

Has caring for a loved one with memory loss become a frustrating, all-consuming task? Virtually all caregiver experiences are full of highs and lows – and it’s a slippery slope to caregiver burnout when the lows begin to outweigh the highs. But do the lows really outweigh the highs? Or are they just the squeakiest wheels getting all of your grease?

Predicting Alzheimer's in the Age of AI

Since 1927’s Metropolis, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been the stuff of futuristic and often terrifying movie plots. Today, AI is crossing the line from science fiction to science reality at lightning speeds. In fact, AI’s role in healthcare is expected to grow to a $6.6 billion industry by 2021.

And that’s scary good news for people who are at risk of developing dementia.

A Holistic Approach to Early Memory Loss Intervention

You may already be doing crosswords and sudoku to help keep your brain sharp, but what about the other pieces of the early intervention puzzle? A holistic approach puts all the pieces together to treat your entire being – body, mind and soul – to improve brain function while potentially slowing the progression of memory loss.

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