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Honoring Choices: Helping with Everyday Challenges for Your Loved One with Memory Loss

Honoring Choices: Helping with Everyday Challenges for Your Loved One with Memory Loss

If you’ve been caring for a loved one with memory loss, you’ve likely heard how important it can be to establish a daily routine. Routines can be helpful for those with diminishing cognitive abilities as they provide structure for the day and allow for natural cuing of what happens next. However, routines can become harmful if they begin to take away your loved one’s freedom of choice.

“When the caregiver’s desire for a set routine becomes a higher priority than the person’s choice and sense of control, we have trouble,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida. “Creating some routine structure is a good thing, but even caregivers with the best intentions can occasionally prioritize the routine over their loved one’s desires. Even in situations where a task must be done now, it’s important for caregivers...

Guardianship & Elder Law Considerations for Loved Ones with Memory Loss

Guardianship & Elder Law Considerations for Loved Ones with Memory Loss

If you’re caring for a loved one who’s living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of memory loss, certain legal considerations could be necessary to ensure your loved one’s health, safety and well-being. Creating a living will and naming a power of attorney can help families ensure their loved one’s wishes are honored in a care setting during the later stages of memory loss. 

Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, helps families understand their loved one’s legal options when faced with progressive memory loss. “It’s not something we like to think about,” says Bentley. “Elder law and end-of-life planning is a reminder of their loved one’s life-altering disease. But it’s important for families and their loved one to realize that there are legal tools out there to make painful and difficult situations...

Family Dynamics and Alzheimer’s: Adjusting to a New Normal

Family Dynamics and Alzheimer’s: Adjusting to a New Normal

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the shock of the diagnosis can be overwhelming for the family, and reactions to this news can vary among each family member. As a loved one’s Alzheimer’s progresses, the challenges that come from caregiving and the difficult nature of the disease can cause even more struggles within the family. Alzheimer’s disease can make major shifts in family dynamics, which can be painful if families don’t prepare for them.

Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, helps many families through the trials of a loved one’s memory loss. “No matter what your family structure may be like, Alzheimer’s disease changes everything,” says Bentley. “Normal roles reverse, priorities shift and plans for the future get put on hold. These changes are seldom easy, but with the right...

7 Essential Coping Techniques for Alzheimer’s Caregiver Stress

7 Essential Coping Techniques for Alzheimer’s Caregiver Stress

“If you’re caring for a loved one at home with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia today, you already know how challenging a job it can be,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director of the beautiful new Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola in Pensacola, FL. 

“What you might not know is that one of the most serious aspects of the challenge you face is that of caregiver stress. Left unchecked, caregiver stress can have serious consequences for your own health and well-being and leave you unable to take care of your loved one let alone yourself. In fact, caregivers have been called the “second victims” of Alzheimer’s disease.

“Caregiver stress should be taken very seriously, and it is important that you learn important coping techniques that can minimize the dangers.”

Signs You Might be Suffering from Caregiver Stress

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Memory Care Insights: Understanding Different Forms of Dementia

Memory Care Insights: Understanding Different Forms of Dementia

“Many people today ask about the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director of the newly-opened Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida.

“Their question is not at all surprising because the terms are frequently used interchangeably and often cause confusion. The simple answer is that Alzheimer’s disease is just one form of a group of related cognitive disorders known as dementia. Just as an apple is one type of fruit, Alzheimer’s is one type of dementia.

“More specifically, the term dementia refers to a broader category of physical and mental symptoms that include memory loss, impaired intellectual function and personality change. In addition to Alzheimer’s disease, there are several other disorders that fall under the umbrella term ‘dementia’.

“Memory care experts at the...

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