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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 adjust to the news that your loved one has dementia,” says Cheyanne Schaible, Community Relations Director at YourLife™ of Wildwood. “Even if you had some inkling that your loved one was dealing with dementia, the shock of a diagnosis is something that no one can quickly recover from.

Caregiver to Caregiver: What to Expect at Your First Dementia Support Group

When caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it can be stressful and overwhelming. You may not know where to turn for support or you may even find yourself becoming isolated and depressed. Unfortunately, this can affect the care you provide to your loved one, as well as damage your health. While we know caregiving isn’t an easy journey, there are some ways to help, and this includes dementia caregiver support groups.

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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 for? As seniors age, it becomes more important to have a secure plan set in place. This can be accomplished with both POLST forms and Living Wills.

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 matter how you’ve prepared for this, it can still throw you for a loop. According to Danielle Buck, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™ of Stuart, a Memory Care community in Stuart, Florida, it’s only right to feel lost or unsure of the future.

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Boost Your Brain Power: Stress Release Synchrony & Maximizing Memory Power

The effects of stress have been studied for a long period of time. Not only can it decrease happiness and cause health problems, but it can also deeply impact your brain and memory power. Managing stress and finding ways to relieve it can help to ensure a healthy brain and mind for years to come.

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5 Coping Strategies for Mealtime Challenges for Seniors with Dementia

When you serve as a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you’re no stranger to the struggles that both you and your loved one face. From behavioral and personality changes to changes in abilities and more, it’s a difficult journey. On top of all of these, mealtimes can also present a wide range of challenges. Suzy McCann, Community Relations Director of YourLife™ of Pensacola, a Memory Care community in Pensacola, FL, states that these challenges can, thankfully, be managed.

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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 significantly in your journey. Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association®, is a type of dementia that causes an array of problems with memory, thinking and behavior.

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 Winsome McLeod, Executive Director at YourLife of Stuart, a Memory Care community in Stuart, Florida, dementia is one of the most common issues facing seniors.

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 go in ensuring a healthy heart for years to come. According to Kelly Carroll, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens, offering Independent Living with Supportive Services, Assisted Living and Memory Care in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, heart disease is a leading cause of death.