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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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3 Senior Living Options: Which One Does Your Loved One Need?

Most seniors intend to continue living in their current homes for the rest of their years, yet only 65 percent of seniors between the ages of 60 and 70 find it very easy to live independently, and among those aged 70 and older, only 43 percent find it very easy, according to an AARP survey.

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5 Common Fears Families Have About Memory Care

The journey of caring for a loved one with dementia begins at diagnosis. Whether you are the primary caregiver, or share the responsibility with others, caring for them will have its ups and downs. At some point, you may need an alternative to taking this on yourself.

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Benefits of a Caregiver Support Group When Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

As a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, it’s likely that you have a lot on your plate, from managing medications to dealing with sundowners syndrome. Although caring for a loved one with long-term memory loss is both rewarding and difficult, the extra responsibilities, added to a life that is already full of them, can create dramatically higher levels of stress for caregivers. And more...

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6 Tips for Smoothly Transitioning a Parent with Dementia to Memory Care

With the increasing demands of dementia caregiving, a day may come when it is no longer possible to care for your loved one at home, or when the care they could receive in a specialized environment exceeds the care you can provide at home.

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Caregiver Support Groups | Alzheimer's & Dementia

 

Being a caregiver isn’t for the faint of heart. Especially if you’re caring for someone with dementia. People with dementia often require a higher level of care needs. It’s an emotional and physically demanding job. But seeing your mom smile for the first time in a few days after helping her get dressed and ready for the day – those are the moments you wouldn’t trade for anything. While you...

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Weighing the Costs for Memory Care Communities

 

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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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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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