Highgate Senior Living Blog

Caregiving for Dementia Is Harder Than Even Caregivers Think

Family caregivers of a loved one with dementia are known as “the invisible second patient” because the physical, emotional, and financial strain of the caregiving role is often under-appreciated by others.

It is even under-appreciated by the caregivers themselves.

A recent 60 Minutes segment follows one couple for a decade and vividly illustrates the personal toll caretaking exacts on loved...

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Design: The Forgotten Criteria in Evaluating Memory Care Communities

When families evaluate care options for their loved one with dementia, they ask a lot of questions: Is the staff capable and kind? Do they have the resources my loved one needs? Is the food good?

But there is one important criterion they often miss: Is the building well-designed?

The answer to that question has an enormous impact on how easily residents can thrive.

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An Inside Look at What It Feels Like at the Cottage at Highgate

If you’re like most people, you have a few reasons you’re hesitant to consider memory care for a loved one.

Maybe you’ve heard that memory care facilities isolate residents with dementia from the rest of the community. Or perhaps a friend told you about an article she read online about memory care staff who sedate residents instead of working with surprising behaviors.

These are valid...

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7 Activities to Help Your Loved One with Dementia Stay Active and Engaged

Think about your life: When do you feel your best? When are your self-esteem and self-worth at their highest?

According to researchers, living your life with a sense of purpose may help you live longer — no matter your age or the content of your purpose. Having a purpose in life leads to lower mortality risk across the lifespan and higher psychological well-being, such as positive relations...

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Checklist: Questions to Ask When Touring an Assisted Living Facility

You know the popular idiom, “If you've seen one, you've seen them all”? That could be said of a mall. A mall’s a mall, right?

When it comes to assisted living facilities, you can throw that expression out the window. If you’ve seen one assisted living facility, you’ve only seen one assisted living facility.

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6 Tips to Eat Healthier as You Get Older

Have you ever thought to yourself, “The dishes I’ve always liked the most just don’t taste the same as they used to” or “Now that I live alone, it's too much trouble to cook for one”?

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for everyone. As you age, healthy eating can make an even bigger difference in your health, improving how you feel and encouraging a sense of well-being. However, ...

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Eat This, Not That: Senior Nutrition Tips from Highgate's Director of Dining Services

Khalid Iraqui spent more than 20 years as a chef at high-end restaurants and hotels around the world. From Thailand and Indonesia to South America and North Africa, Iraqui cooked in four-diamond hotels and five-star restaurants.

“The hours were long,” Iraqui says. “And you couldn’t please people who had four-diamond meals every day. The satisfaction wasn’t there.”

Then he met Marjorie Todd,...

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How Seniors Can Get Help Paying for Healthy Food

There’s this idea that healthy foods are expensive. But healthy doesn’t necessarily mean expensive. In fact, that idea is really a myth.

In a recent study, researchers at Vanderbilt University found “that consumers do subscribe to a general lay theory that healthy = expensive despite the fact that this relationship is unlikely to be true in all product categories and contexts,” wrote...

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What's the Food Like in Assisted Living? Try These 3 Recipes from Highgate's Five-star Chef

Think back to the last time you ate your favorite food. How did it make you feel? Eating is one of the great sensual pleasures in life. Diving into a plate of Mom’s lasagna or devouring a nice, juicy steak can be a real joy, something that makes life seem full and wonderful. Did you know there are actually foods that are scientifically shown to lift spirits?

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Do This, Not That: 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Searching for an Assisted Living Facility

There are a lot of reasons why seniors and their families decide it’s time to start the search for an assisted living facility. Maybe your mom has gradually become more isolated at home or your dad doesn’t enjoy cooking for one.

Regardless of the reason your family has begun the search for an assisted living community, moving a parent from the home they’ve lived in for years (or even decades)...

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