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What Couples Need to Know About Dementia and Communication

What Couples Need to Know About Dementia and Communication

Effective communication is essential to healthy, long-term relationships. When we aren’t able to express our thoughts and share our concerns with those we love, we often feel disconnected from the affection and support we receive through conversation. For those caring for a spouse or partner with dementia, struggling to communicate well has the potential to eat away at the relationship and make caregiving more difficult.

Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, says, “As dementia progresses, it can affect a person’s ability to think clearly, find the right words and follow along in a conversation. For many affected by the disease, they begin to communicate in more nonverbal ways, such as through their behavior or attitude. They may withdraw from conversations due to frustration....

Top Tips for Caregivers of Newly Diagnosed Parkinson’s Patients

Top Tips for Caregivers of Newly Diagnosed Parkinson’s Patients

If your loved one has recently received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, you may be wondering where to turn, how to cope and what you need to do to become a good caregiver. In honor of National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the team at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola would like to let you know that you’re not alone, and we’re here to help.

“The weeks and months right after a loved one’s diagnosis of a progressive disease can be a time of questions and overwhelming concern,” shares Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida. “A difficult diagnosis of a disease like Parkinson’s can leave loved ones bewildered and at a loss for what to do first.

“To start to accept your loved one’s diagnosis and begin your caregiving journey, we suggest a combination...

10 Mindfulness Strategies for Dealing With Caregiver Stress

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For busy caregivers, stress can build up over time and affect our daily lives. Caregiving tasks, family responsibilities, chores and more can take up so much time that many of us forget to take care of ourselves. To practice self-care and cope with the stress involved with caring for someone with memory loss, caregivers need to take a step back, reassess, and learn how to be mindful of their own limits and needs.

Mindfulness is a popular buzzword in today’s culture, often associated with thoughts of meditation or holistic health. And while meditation is certainly one way to practice mindfulness, its applications go far beyond sitting cross-legged or focusing on your body’s energy. In fact, mindfulness is not so much what we do as how we live.

Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director of Clarity...

Understanding Frontotemporal Dementia, or Pick’s Disease

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Dementia is a general term for cognitive decline or memory loss caused by changes in the brain. Within the category of dementia, there are many different types with various causes and symptoms. Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is one such type. As described by its name, FTD affects the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes, those near the front of the brain behind the forehead and the areas behind the ears. This type of dementia is also known as Pick’s disease, named for the doctor who first observed its symptoms.

Frontotemporal dementia comes with its own specific symptoms and challenges. Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, says, “Each type of dementia offers a specific range of...

7 Ways Memory Care Teams Accommodate Personal Care

Memory Care Teams Accommodate Personal Care

By the time a loved one reaches the middle to late stages of dementia, many families are starting to consider their options for professional, full-time care in a community setting. Often, the challenges that accompany late-stage memory loss are difficult for a family member to care for on his or her own. Memory care communities offer an ideal solution for providing specialized personal care for loved ones with dementia, as well as peace of mind for families.

“As Alzheimer’s disease and dementia become more prevalent for our older generations, it’s our responsibility to create solutions for providing optimal care and support,” says Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida. “Clarity Pointe designs free-standing memory care communities for the sole purpose of providing those with dementia the...

7 Ways to Cope with a Parent’s Diagnosis of Dementia

It’s never easy to watch our parents get older and lose the capabilities to do certain tasks independently. It’s even harder for those whose parents have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Not only does this diagnosis guarantee a parent’s eventual loss of skills and independence, but it could also mean a loss of personality traits and characteristics of the person who raised them.

“Adult children of those diagnosed with dementia must learn to cope with many major changes in their loved one,” says Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director of Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee, a memory care assisted living community in Tallahassee, Florida. “For many, a dementia diagnosis means they’ll become a caregiver to their parent. Their parent may move in with them or require a routine that completely changes a child’s lifestyle. Those who don’t become full-time...

Top Medical Conditions That Mimic Dementia Symptoms

As we care for our parents and the generation of older adults, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. However, it’s just as vital to know what else could show similar symptoms to memory loss. Older adults are more susceptible to medical conditions and illnesses that can cause dementia-like symptoms. Surprisingly, some of these conditions are quite common.

Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, says, “Many health conditions may act like the cognitive difficulties associated with dementia. Discerning individuals or their caretakers may easily mistake symptoms of another condition for the onset of dementia. However, only until a doctor has done an examination can you be certain of the symptoms’ cause.”

Dementia-Like Symptoms...

Celebrating National Senior Independence Month

National Senior Independence Month

In honor of National Senior Independence Month, we’re taking the opportunity to share ideas about independence in the face of dementia’s challenges. Often, caregivers and families see dementia as something that takes away independence from their loved one. While this may be the case in some respect, especially in the later stages of the disease, it is possible to encourage freedom, agency and independence even in the midst of challenging symptoms.

Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, shares, “Independence is often the result of attitude and approach. When we treat the loved ones in our care as though they can’t handle anything on their own, we stifle any chance of them feeling in control of their lives. But when we approach care in a way that encourages their ability to make choices, the person...

Preparing for Your Visit to a Memory Care Community

Preparing a Memory Care Visit

If your family has decided that it’s time your loved one with memory loss received the professional care and support offered in a memory care community, then your search for the right place has already begun. While community websites and internet reviews may provide some valuable information, the only way to really know what a community is like is to experience it in person.

“You can’t overestimate the importance of personally visiting a community,” says Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director of Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee, a memory care assisted living community in Tallahassee, Florida. “Pictures can’t do a community justice, especially when you’re considering a memory care community. Loved ones with memory loss should experience comfortable surroundings, easy-to-navigate hallways, and a sense of peace and calm you could never judge with a photograph....

How to Talk to Children About Dementia

Talking to Children about Dementia

When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, life changes not just for the person, but for the whole family as well. While adults have the capability to learn more about the disease and cope with its realities, young children may need help to comprehend the changes that may occur for their loved one and even for themselves. If you have children or grandchildren affected by the challenges of memory loss, you can become a great source of education and support.

“Young children will turn to adults for understanding as they experience the changes memory loss causes in their loved one,” says Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida. “The effects that dementia has on kids will depend on several factors, such as their relationship with the...

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