Older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia often face confusion and struggle to cope with the changes they are facing. Not only has their ability to remember been diminished but it’s also likely their senses have been as well. Touch, sight, sound, smell and taste may have either been affected by their disease or could have possibly flipped altogether. In fact, some seniors with memory loss may no longer enjoy the smells and tastes they once did. This can...more
Seniors with Alzheimer's disease or another form of memory loss often need a higher level of care as their disease progresses, but that doesn't mean they need to sacrifice the lifestyle they deserve for a high level of care. Why not have both?
According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at The Bridges at Warwick, a senior living community in Jamison, PA, The Vista Memory Care Program and The Vista Transitional Living...more
When moving to a senior living community, bigger doesn’t always mean better, although many seniors believe it does. Much like small businesses, there’s a personal touch that’s added when a company, or community, is smaller than the rest. For example, in a small town, everyone knows who everyone is. They know your name, they know what you like and most often, everyone includes one another. In bigger communities or the city, that’s much harder to come by, as everyone is absorbed...more
From a young age, parents tell their children to tell the truth and always be honest, often modeling these behaviors and reprimanding them for lying. As we age, however, what becomes acceptable tends to change, within reason. This can include little white lies and fibs, so long as they don’t directly harm or impact someone else negatively. In the world of caring for a loved one with dementia, white lies and fibbing may come up again through the use of therapeutic fibbing and...more
When your aging parent begins to need more care because of health and safety issues, it can cause a number of conflicts among those who will be caring for them. Most often, the task of coordinating care and planning for the future will fall on the adult children, which can be both beneficial and stressful for them. Depending on your relationship with your siblings, you may be able to coordinate care for your parent easily, but if your relationship isn’t that great, you live...more
Are you serving as a caregiver to a loved one with memory loss? If so, it’s likely you face a range of challenges on a daily basis. As their memory loss progresses, you may begin to notice symptoms and health issues that you didn’t before. If you notice the senior in your care is starting to become restless, irritable, agitated or confused late in the evening or as daylight fades, they may be experiencing sundowning.
Sundowning, according to the...more
When it comes time to move a loved one for whom you provide care into a senior living community, its common to spend a great deal of time wondering how this transition is going to affect them. Will they be happy? Will they make friends easily? Will they get the same personalized level of care that you can provide? It’s so easy to get wrapped up in their transition and making them comfortable, that caregivers often forget that they too are in the middle of a transition....more
When a parent is diagnosed with memory loss, a lot of things can be uncertain. You may ask yourself how long they will remember you, what comes next, who will serve as their primary caregiver and what you’ll do as your loved one’s memory loss worsens. Many times, these questions don’t have definite answers. In fact, it may depend on a number of factors such as how far the memory loss has progressed, the person providing the care and the personal preferences of the individual...more
When it comes time to look for a senior living community for yourself or your loved one, you may be unsure of where to begin. You may wonder if you should look for something local, what you or your loved one need and what is going to give you the best value. These answers can differ for everyone, and depending on what you’ve heard about senior living communities, you may not know exactly what to believe when researching them or talking to others about your options....more
If you’ve never known someone with memory loss, it’s often hard to know what to expect after a diagnosis. How much is going to change? Is there a way to stop or slow the progression? What do we do to help them? What can we do when their memory loss progresses to the point we can no longer help? If your loved one has just been diagnosed, all of these questions and more may be running through your head. Unfortunately, some of these questions are easier to answer than others....more