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15 Communication Strategies For Dementia

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Apr 26, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

There are many communication strategies for dementia that you can implement in your daily life to make conversation easier between you and a loved one. Dementia is a debilitating and serious disease that affects a person’s memory and ability to communicate, if you don’t know how to deal with someone who has this disease, it can escalate a situation and cause problems.

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Preparing For Memory Care

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Apr 2, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

When a senior and loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another related form of dementia, you may not know what the next step is, or if memory care is the right option for your loved one. Alzheimer’s and dementia are progressive disease that become more difficult to deal with as time goes on. While family members may be able to help out initially, when the condition becomes more serious, it may become more difficult to deal with and it is probably best to enlist the help of a caretaker or an assisted living facility.

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How To Choose A Memory Care Facility

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Mar 8, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

Most assisted living facilities will work to help make residents with mild memory issues, or individuals requiring memory care feel at home. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, roughly 50% of all senior living residents have Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia's. Most assisted living residents with memory issues do not actually have a formal diagnosis, so it can be difficult to ascertain what kind of memory care needs are required.

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Memory Care and Assisted Living

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Feb 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM
 

Over the past few decades, assisted-living facilities with memory care have become a popular long-term care option for senior citizens. Estimates from a few years ago suggest that about one million older adults currently reside in assisted-living facilities, while others put that number closer to 1.6 million. Assisted living has been described as a type of long-term care that “blurs the distinction between nursing homes and community care and reduces the chasm between receiving long-term care in one’s own home and in an ‘institution’.”

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Alternative Alzheimer's and Dementia Treatment

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Dec 26, 2018 12:05:40 PM
 

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia and is irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. This type of disease debilitates those affected from performing simple, daily tasks. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, loss of cognitive functioning, among older individuals. Dementia has a range of severities from a mild stage that is just beginning to affect functioning to a much more severe stage in which a patient must rely on others for basic living.

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Communicating Tips For Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregivers

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Dec 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

As caregiver for a senior or multiple seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia related difficulties, it can be problematic trying to communicate clearly and efficiently. The combination of confusion and memory loss can make it hard for the senior to communicate when they are tired, hungry, or in pain from something. Conditions can even turn worse, with some patients exhibiting odd changes in mood, irrational thinking, and erratic behavior. They may even begin to make false accusations or have public outbursts.

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Lewy Body And Other Forms Of Dementia

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 29, 2018 4:00:00 PM

 

According to the World Health Organization, dementia affects around 50 million people worldwide and there are about 10 million new cases every year. Dementia disproportionately affects older people and is one of the major causes of disability and dependency for them worldwide.

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What Is Anosognosia?

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Nov 22, 2018 11:00:00 AM
 

Most people know that as people age they become at greater risk for a number of health issues including those dealing with mental health and memory. While most people are aware of problems like Alzheimer’s or dementia, anosognosia is one condition that does not get talked about often. Anosognosia is a condition in which the patient has trouble remembering that they have an mental health problem, it is especially prevalent among those who are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s.

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Traveling Tips For Family Members With Memory Loss

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Sep 10, 2018 11:00:00 AM
 

Traveling can be difficult when you are actively taking care of a loved one who has Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related illnesses. This can happen due to the worries that accompany traveling, as well as possibly disrupting the daily routine or agitating them. It may also to enjoy your vacation or travels when you have to worry about the well-being of your loved one constantly. It can be difficult, but with careful and thoughtful planning it can become more comfortable to take a family member with dementia along for as many trips as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind when attempting to travel with someone suffering from memory care.

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When is it Time to Seek Memory Care?

Posted by Sarah Edwards on Jul 4, 2018 11:00:00 AM
 

You may be seeking assisted living care for your parent or loved one, but what you might actually need to be looking for is a memory care facility. Memory care is distinctly different from a straightforward assisted living facility. Memory care is a form of long-term and skilled nursing that caters to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other memory problems. These units provide 24-hour supervised care. If your loved one suffers from a memory problem, there are certain signs to look for.

Your loved one may already be diagnosed with memory loss and is able to live quite independently or with family. However, with memory loss, there may come a time when additional care is required for them. This disease tends to get worse as it progresses. Depending on one’s ability to function, the level of supervision and care varies. Assisted living facilities are an option for mild to moderate dementia or Alzheimer’s.

 

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