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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 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.

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5 Tips for Celebrating Thanksgiving with a Senior Loved One with Dementia

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?

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The Lifesaving Benefits of Socialization for Seniors in Memory Care

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.

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 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.

Introducing Memory Connections: A Daily Program of Support, Fulfillment and Joy

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.

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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 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.

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5 Warning Signs You're Ready to Transition into an Independent Living Community

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.

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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 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.

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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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