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Managing Prescription Medications for a Loved One with Dementia

Adults over the age of 65 use more prescription and over-the-counter medications than any other age group. Chronic illnesses, more frequent injuries, weaker immune systems and other physical conditions all contribute to high levels of medication use in seniors. While it’s beneficial to live in an age of medical advancements, medication use can cause serious problems if not handled safely. The risk for misuse increases when a senior is living with a memory impairment like dementia.

Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, says, “According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, approximately a third of older adults visit the emergency room each year due to adverse effects from their medications. Caregivers of loved ones with dementia need to be especially cautious and well-educated about the medications they...

28 Organizations from Throughout Arkansas Receive Governor’s Quality Awards

Twenty-eight organizations from throughout the state were presented Arkansas Governor’s Quality Awards during the 23rd Annual Awards Celebration for the Governor’s Quality Award Program on Tuesday evening, September 12th at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock.

More than 300 business and civic leaders from throughout Arkansas attended the celebration.

The awards ceremony includes four award levels of Performance Excellence (in descending order of qualifications): the Governor’s Award, the Achievement Award, the Commitment Award and the Challenge Award. As well as the recognition, recipients receive an in-depth evaluation of their management systems and a written feedback report citing strengths and areas for improvement. 

The Challenge Level Award was presented to Clarity Pointe, Fayetteville.

The goal of the Governor’s Quality Award Program is to encourage Arkansas organizations to engage in continuous...

Introduction to Dementia: Stage, Causes & Treatment

Introduction to Dementia

Dementia and its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease, is a complex neurological disorder. According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, more than 5.3 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, but despite its high prevalence, very few have a full understanding of the disease until it hits close to home. At the time of diagnosis, individuals and their families may be unaware of the wide range of symptoms and how Alzheimer’s disease will impact their daily lives.

Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee, a memory care assisted living community in Tallahassee, Florida, advises families about the importance of learning about their loved one’s dementia. “It’s so much more than just memory loss,” says Griffin. “Dementia brings with it a progression of challenging symptoms, including behavior challenges and personality...

10 Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease for World Alzheimer’s Month

10 Facts for Alzheimer's Month

Millions of families throughout the world are affected by the devastating impacts of Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease or any kind of dementia; yet, the more people understand the complexities of memory impairment, and the more research experts can accomplish, we gain a bit more ground on curing Alzheimer’s disease.

“We believe that awareness about memory loss is key to finding a cure,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida. “Unless it’s touched their family, many don’t realize the severity of Alzheimer’s disease. A lot people just think it makes a person forgetful. We hope that when society realizes how extreme Alzheimer’s is, and how much its prevalence is growing throughout our population, our country will be able to fund more...

Celebrating Healthy Aging Month: 10 Tips for Dementia Patients

Healthy Aging Month

September is national Healthy Aging Month, created by Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging® Magazine. For the last few decades, Healthy Aging Month has provided an annual opportunity for seniors and those who care for them to reevaluate their health, lifestyles and habits, and find inspiration for adding more healthy activities into their daily lives. For those living with dementia, Healthy Aging Month can be a great motivator for patients and caregivers to boost their overall well-being.

“Despite the difficult symptoms that accompany memory loss, dementia patients can still experience abundantly healthy lifestyles,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola...

Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

When we were kids, a challenging jigsaw puzzle could keep us occupied for hours. Many adults still enjoy passing the time putting puzzles together with friends and family. For children, puzzles help develop important spatial and visual skills, yet the benefits of jigsaw puzzles are relevant for adults, too. Especially for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of memory loss, jigsaw puzzles help the brain in more ways than one.

“Piecing together a jigsaw puzzle is excellent exercise for the brain,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care community in Pensacola, Florida. “Seniors living with Alzheimer’s need to participate in various activities that stimulate cognitive functioning. Puzzles not only get the brain working, but allow for social opportunities between loved ones and caregivers and create...

Dealing with Dementia-Related Behavior: Dos and Don’ts for Caregivers

As an individual experiences the life-altering changes of progressive dementia – the loss of memories, confusion, sensory problems, diminishing abilities, the struggle to communicate – it’s common that challenging behaviors evolve in response to their ever-changing world. For a caregiver of a loved one with memory loss, dealing with challenging behaviors such as aggression, suspicion and delusions can be emotionally difficult and, in some cases, dangerous for both of their safety.

“Caring for a loved one with memory loss involves much more than just supporting daily tasks like getting dressed, eating, and going throughout the day,” says Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee, a memory care assisted living community in Tallahassee, Florida that will be opening in December 2017. “Caregivers also have to learn to manage the challenging behaviors that result...

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