As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts often turn to visiting friends and family. Whether it’s a short trip across town or a cross-country trip by plane, visiting loved ones makes the holidays merry and bright. But if you’re a caregiver for someone with dementia or another form of memory loss, travel requires more than a little preparation, patience and determination.
“Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia can still...more
If you’re not a caregiver yourself, you probably know someone who is. There are more than 40 million people in the United States who have taken on the role of caregiver for a senior loved one. While it’s a job that’s often unappreciated, unpaid and incredibly stressful, filled with long days, endless tasks and constant chores.
“For many seniors, having a family caregiver allows them to enjoy a higher quality of life than they would be able to provide for...more
Becoming a caregiver for a loved one is no easy feat. Whether you’ve expected to become a caregiver or have had the role thrust upon you, there are many details that need to be worked out in order to help make the journey run as smoothly as possible. Many of these you’ve probably already thought about and prepared for, such as the financial aspect, coordinating living situations, the comfort of your loved one and so on. But one aspect that people don’t always prepare for is...more
Exercise has been proven to be beneficial for people of all ages. That goes double for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory loss. They not only receive the numerous physical benefits, but also see improvement in motor skills, a decreased risk of falls and a lower rate of diseases that are associated with cognitive decline. This results in improved memory and behavior, better communication abilities and a variety of other benefits...more
Good nutrition is such an essential part of aging well. Eating a balanced diet allows all of us to live an active lifestyle, maintain an ideal weight and stay as physically healthy as possible. For senior individuals, a healthy and well-balanced diet plays an even more important role by helping with digestion issues, improving memory and cognitive function, keeping teeth and bones strong and basically helping all body systems to work as well as possible.
“The essential vitamins and...more
Although spring has everything coming up roses, and in summertime, the livin’ is easy, is there really any other season that’s more beautiful than fall? From sweater weather to delicious scents and tastes to the fiery beauty of the great outdoors, autumn is the perfect time to slow down and enjoy everything the outdoors (and indoors) has to offer before we tuck in for a long winter’s nap.
“One of the best parts about fall is that there are so...more
Choosing a senior living community for yourself, your aging parent or another loved one can be a very emotionally charged situation. Because there are so many options to think about, it can easily become overwhelming and stressful – which means that many people choose to wait until a decision is absolutely necessary.
However, this approach is actually counterintuitive, says Sue Sunderland, Executive Director of The Bridges at Warwick. “The best time to...more
If you’re a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, you’ve been dutiful about watching them and adjusting their care to meet his or her needs. However, there may come a time when you notice that Mom or Dad is declining in health and ability. They may be more difficult to handle, or issues are popping up that you don’t always feel comfortable handling yourself. You’re spending more and more of your time taking care of them (and becoming more and more stressed out). Sound...more
We spend so much time decorating, personalizing our houses and making it feel like home. With personal touches and unique design elements, we are able to not only reflect who we are, but what matters to us through our homes. When a loved one is getting ready to move to a memory care community, it’s just as important to add personalization and make it feel like home.
According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at The Bridges at...more
For many families, summer is a time of fun, relaxation and quality time. School lets out, work may have special hours and many people take vacations. When you are caring for an aging parent, you may think that your summer might look a little different, but it’s more than possible to spend these warm summer days and nights enjoying an array of activities with your parent.
According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at...more