Alzheimer's

Traveling During the Holidays with a Loved One with Memory Loss

Traveling During the Holidays with a Loved One with Memory Loss

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. 

How to Show Appreciation to a Dementia Caregiver

The Health Benefit of Physical Therapy for an Aging Adult with Memory Loss

The Health Benefit of Physical Therapy for an Aging Adult with Memory Loss

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 specifically related to the unique challenges of those with dementias.

Is It Time to Make the Move into a Secure Memory Care Neighborhood?

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 familiar?

How to Personalize a Memory Care Apartment for Your Loved One

How to Personalize a Memory Care Apartment for Your Loved One

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.

The Vista Memory Care Program: Why It’s so Special

The Ethics Behind Therapeutic Fibbing

The Ethics Behind Therapeutic Fibbing

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 validation therapy.

Having The Conversation About Dementia & Driving

Having The Conversation About Dementia & Driving

For caregivers and family members who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, one of the biggest concerns is safety. Keeping your loved one out of harm’s way and ensuring they do not harm anyone else becomes one of the top priorities as their disease progresses. This makes it necessary for safety and security measures to be put into place in order for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia to maintain their sense of independence but still be safe. Because most aging seniors fear loss of independence, the subject of driving can be touchy.

Spirituality & Wellness for Those with Dementia

While it is often thought that spirituality has to do mainly with religion, there are many other less obvious aspects of spirituality. Spirituality is also defined as wellness of the mind, body and soul. It is where we find our meaning, where we feel connected and goes beyond what can be seen. Religion, however, is an established set of beliefs, rules, rituals and traditions. Religion defines what is right and wrong, true and false. Both spirituality and religion focus on our individual beliefs, comfort, ethics and reflection, which contributes to our overall wellness and peace of mind.

How to Prevent Your Loved One from Wandering

How to Prevent Your Loved One from Wandering

As those with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia progress to the middle stages of their disease, many changes occur. At these middle stages, they begin to have trouble  remembering family member’s names, what day it is or when certain events occurred. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at least six out of ten people with dementia will begin to wander, sometimes getting lost or accidently finding themselves in harm’s way.

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