Highgate Senior Living Blog

5 Stimulating Activities for Your Loved one With Dementia

Watching a parent live their life with dementia isn’t easy. They might not remember your name, where they used to live or how long they were married. Or something as simple as forgetting to check the mail like they used to or keeping their fridge clean of expired food. You wish you could help them remember how to do these things – but they just can’t. Dementia is defined as: when someone has a...

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5 Ways to Avoid a Stressful Outing When Caring for Someone with Dementia

Living life to the fullest after a dementia diagnosis can be difficult. As the disease progresses, it can be unnerving to take your loved one out of the environment they are most comfortable in (home). But, the benefits of keeping your loved one socially engaged may just help them remain independent longer.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alzheimer’s Disease

An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2018, yet there’s still a lot that’s misunderstood about the disease. Some people still incorrectly believe that silver dental fillings and flu shots increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. They don’t. Others only associate Alzheimer's with memory loss, when, in fact, it’s a disease that causes brain cells...

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5 Benefits of Owning a Pet as a Senior

If you’ve ever owned a pet, you already know how much fun and affection they can bring. But did you know that pets can offer seniors some pretty powerful physical and mental health benefits?

That’s why some assisted living communities not only allow pets but also offer pet therapy for seniors. Also known as animal-assisted therapy, pet therapy is a technique that uses animals to interact with...

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Understanding Sundowners Syndrome: Dementia after Sunset

Most of us look forward to the end of the day. It's time for family dinners, bedtime stories, a glass of wine with your spouse or a good book.

The end of the day for many elderly adults with dementia, and their caregivers brings anything but rest and relaxation. In late afternoon and into the night, some of those with dementia suffer a symptom called sundowners. They may get confused, sad,...

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Signs It’s Time to Consider Memory Care for Your Loved One with Dementia

In-home care services and assisted living facilities help elderly adults who have trouble performing the activities of daily living. However, elderly adults with a dementia diagnosis who have memory problems often need specialized care.

Memory care units provide the extra attention and expertise that people with advanced symptoms of dementia require. But, how do you know when it’s time to move...

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Six Ways to Keep Seniors with Alzheimer’s Active and Engaged

One of the most common signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, and as the disease develops, there are further changes in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Another common symptom is a person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to...

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6 Signs Caregiving for Someone with Dementia is Taking a Toll on You

Caregivers suffer from caregiver burnout more than you might think. Especially those caring for someone with a dementia-related diagnosis. Family caregivers who care for those with dementia put in significantly more caregiving hours than those who help loved ones without dementia. In fact, research published in the journal Health Affairs shows that family caregivers spend 100 hours or more a...

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Infographic: Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's

Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Mild Cognitive impairment are terms you may have heard when it comes to memory loss and aging. While these conditions are somewhat related, they are all distinct in their own way.

Do you know the differences and similarities between these diseases? 

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Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Mild Cognitive Impairment — What’s the Difference?


Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Mild Cognitive impairment; when it comes to memory loss and aging, you’ve likely heard these terms used interchangeably. While these conditions are somewhat related, they are all distinct in their own way.

Let’s take a closer look.

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