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8 Tips for Addressing the Alzheimer’s Stigma

Addressing Alzheimer's Stigma

For those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, one of the most difficult struggles of coping with the disease exists outside the brain. Unfortunately, a great deal of stigma still exists surrounding memory loss, mainly due to the fact that many people don’t understand what exactly Alzheimer’s is. Many misunderstand the disease as minor forgetfulness, without realizing the intensity of cognitive change that takes place. Others may view dementia as a sudden loss of all abilities from thinking to speech and self-care. Yet, while the reality of most of those living with Alzheimer’s disease falls in between these two extremes, those diagnosed and their family and caregivers must deal with the various reactions caused by Alzheimer’s stigma.

“As with other stigmas, such as those surrounding mental health or people with disabilities, stigma about Alzheimer’s disease can make it even more difficult for those diagnosed...

Choosing a Memory Care Community with Confidence

When the time comes that your loved one requires around-the-clock, professional care to support their memory loss symptoms, you want to be certain that you make the right choice. Searching for a memory care community that best fits your loved one’s needs is not always simple, and there’s much to consider before making a final decision. However stressful the process of choosing a community may be, knowing that you’ve found the right place for your loved one to thrive is worth the effort.

Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director of Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee, a memory care assisted living community in Tallahassee, Florida, wants all of his new residents and their families to feel confident when choosing his community. “Clarity Pointe makes it easy,” Griffin says. “Our community is entirely dedicated to memory care, so everything from the private rooms to our programming and even dining...

Winter & Dementia: Keeping Your Loved One Safe All Season Long

Winter & Dementia: Staying Safe in the Cold

For loved ones living with dementia, the winter months can often create new challenges to their health and safety. From colder temperatures to extreme weather, caregivers need to pay special attention to seasonal issues that may threaten their loved one’s well-being.

Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care community in Pensacola, Florida, shares advice for families traveling during the winter and those living in the northern parts of the country. “Environmental changes that occur during the winter tend to exaggerate many of the symptoms already present with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias,” says Low. “Behavior problems that occur at night or the dangers of wandering are more severe as the days grow colder and darker. Loved ones with dementia also spend more time indoors, which can decrease their physical activities and affect energy levels...

How Digital Technology Improves Dementia Care

How Digital Technology Improves Dementia Care

In today’s world, digital technology seems to impact every aspect of our lives. From the way we communicate to how we enjoy entertainment, technology plays a part. Its impact on senior care is no different. Thanks to innovative computer programs and new technology, caring for seniors with dementia can be more streamlined, effective and beneficial to both seniors and their caregivers.

“We have seen the benefits of digital technology firsthand in our community,” shares Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care community in Pensacola, Florida. “Clarity Pointe Pensacola has recently integrated a computer programming system called It’s Never 2 Late™ (iN2L). We’ve seen residents engage with technology in a way that improves their independence, physical and mental health...

Making a Clear Difference Through Heartfelt CONNECTIONS™

Heartfelt CONNECTIONS™

“As a community dedicated to enhancing the lives of seniors with memory loss and the families who love them, we require a unique approach to caring for this detrimental disease,” says Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee in Tallahassee, Florida. “At Clarity Pointe, we don’t simply focus on the skills and abilities that dementia takes away from a person. Instead, our approach is life-affirming, positive and supportive.”

With the devastating changes that occur during the progression of memory loss, it would be easy for families to despair, spending all their energy on filling in for their loved one where dementia has left frightening gaps. However, this kind of assistance is only one kind of support loved ones with memory loss truly need. In order to continue living a fulfilling life, they need to celebrate the strengths that...

Brain-Stimulating Benefits of Puzzles for Seniors with Dementia

The Benefits of Puzzles

For seniors living with the challenges of dementia and memory loss, it can be difficult to find activities that help them feel productive, capable and relaxed. Many caregivers of a loved one with dementia struggle to engage them in meaningful pastimes to curb their restlessness or stimulate their mind. One simple solution to engaging seniors with dementia is to immerse them in fun activities that include just the right amount of puzzling stimulation.

“Puzzles are excellent activities for seniors at any stage of dementia,” says Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care community in Pensacola, Florida. “While crossword puzzles or riddles are more appropriate for those in the earlier stages of the disease, colorful jigsaw puzzles are versatile and can offer great benefits even into the later stages.

“Seniors...

Community Resources for Caring for a Spouse with Dementia

Resources for Caring for a Spouse with Dementia

When a spouse or partner is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the responsibilities of caring for their needs in a new way can add stress to your lifestyle and tension to your relationship. The dynamics of caring for a spouse are different than caring for a parent, as the emotional support you offered each other may threaten to weaken with their disease. However, spousal caregivers can have hope as they learn to find support from other resources to help them through their caregiving journey.

Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, says, “Caring for a spouse with dementia is uniquely challenging. Not only do caregivers struggle with changing roles in the home, but they can experience intense emotional difficulties as they learn to cope with their circumstances. Spousal...

5 Benefits of a Personalized Memory Care Program

No two cases of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia are exactly the same. The diagnosis, progression of the disease, exhibition of symptoms and challenging behaviors are unique for every person who lives with memory loss. When caring for such a complex, wide-ranging disease, shouldn’t the methods for care be just as personalized for each individual?

Unfortunately, not every memory care program recognizes the need for individualized care, notes Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee in Tallahassee, Florida. “Some communities provide memory care in a one-size-fits-all fashion,” says Griffin, “but dementia is not a one-size-fits-all disease. Effective memory care requires special attention to each person’s need for support, his or her personal strengths and stories, and unique symptoms and challenges. At Clarity Pointe...

Planning Meals for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s: Tips for Success

Planning Meals for Those With Alzheimer's Disease

When a loved one is living with the challenges of memory loss, daily activities that we often take for granted can become difficult to manage. As Alzheimer’s disease (and other forms of dementia) progresses, a person eventually loses the abilities to cook or prepare a meal, choose healthy foods to eat, use utensils and, in some late-stage cases, chew or swallow without difficulty. As a person’s skills and cognitive abilities gradually worsen, it often falls on their caregiver to make sure they eat properly and get enough nutrients in their diet.

Tyrone Corbitt, Culinary Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, shares his experience in caring for the dining and nutritional needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease: “During the middle to later stages of Alzheimer’s, eating habits tend to change for the worse. Loved ones often...

How to Celebrate National Family Caregiver’s Month

National Caregiver's Month

For the majority of the five million people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, their care is provided by a member of their family. Family caregivers are unpaid and typically have little formal training in dementia care; yet, they ensure the safety and well-being of many seniors in need. If you or someone you know is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s time to celebrate your hard work this November during National Family Caregiver’s Month.

“We can’t overstate the importance of family caregivers,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida. “At Clarity Pointe, family members contribute so much to our residents’ care, acting as a valuable part of our team. Before residents come to us, we know how much time, energy and effort family caregivers have...

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