Are you looking forward to your upcoming holiday season, or does it have you a little down? If you’re serving as a caregiver to a loved one with memory loss, you may know this feeling all too well. Whether you know what to expect or have no idea how you’ll navigate the holiday season with your loved one, we can help make your holidays merry. “The holiday season can be a stressful time for caregivers,” says Cheyanne Schaible, Community Relations Director at YourLife™ of Wildwood.
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 possibility. But the truth is, it isn't. At least not at YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens in Florida! As cooler weather rolls around, consider what it would be like to retire to Florida and take advantage of the retirement lifestyle that you've always dreamed of. Think about what's holding you back.
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 morning medication and fix a nutritious breakfast. Then it’s time for a quick walk outdoors, a purposeful activity, lunch along with afternoon medications, some relaxation while keeping busy to prevent a long nap, dinner and so much more.
The countdown to Thanksgiving has officially begun. But, as a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, you may be feeling a greater burden of stress as you enter this holiday season. Holidays, such as Thanksgiving, can often be a struggle for families including loved ones with dementia. The mass amounts of pressure and things you need to think about may leave you questioning – does it have to be this difficult?
When we think back to many of our happiest times, we often recall we were surrounded by those we love or were doing something we love. Whether friends, family or even acquaintances, these moments were likely full of good connections, deep chats and even laughter. It’s no secret that socializing can greatly enhance an experience, but it is often overlooked as being crucial to health and well-being.
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 account, while evaluating what their future care needs will be,” says Jillian Castenallo, Community Relations Director at YourLife™ of Coconut Creek, a Memory Care community in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Are you caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia? If so, you likely know just how stressful and overwhelming it can be. If you are beginning to suffer caregiver burnout and stress and want a better lifestyle for your loved one, it’s important that you know there are options that can help, such as Memory Connections at YourLife™ of Wildwood.
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 forms of dementia, this can be a scary time of year. According to Danielle Buck, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™ of Stuart, a Memory Care community in Stuart, Florida, Halloween can be a dangerous time for those with dementia.
As seniors age and get closer to retirement, one of the things they are most excited for is free time, opportunities to do whatever they please and the freedom from the stress of work and their normal routine. In fact, they are often ready to shake things up. While retirement can bring excitement, it can wear off quickly - especially as the tasks of homeownership rise, health care costs increase, and friends move away. This leaves many seniors wondering if they’ve expected too much, and while this can be true, it doesn’t mean it has to be.
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 for when the best time is, there is a general set of guidelines that can help you decide. This, however, all depends on you and your loved one.