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The Benefits of Heat Therapy for Dementia Patients

Within the last decade, holistic therapies have become increasingly popular treatment options for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. While holistic therapies, such as art therapy, aromatherapy, sensory stimulation and others, do not cure memory loss, they can provide remarkable benefits in individual function, comfort and overall well-being.

Heat therapy, also called far infrared radiation therapy (FIR), has been used for centuries and more recently to improve physical and mental health. In 2012, clinical trials discovered that heat therapy is an effective way to improve cognitive functioning, mood and even memory recall among people with mild to moderate memory loss.

According to Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, seniors living...

Planning for Future Care Needs Part 3: Wills

If you are in your retirement years, it’s a good time to consider writing a will. For those caring for a loved one with memory loss or another progressive disease, the task of writing their will may fall to you in some capacity. If your loved one wants help writing their will, you should get started as soon as possible, so your loved one can contribute to the process as much as possible.

According to Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care community in Pensacola, Florida, writing a will is an important task for seniors. “Taking the necessary steps to ensure their affairs are in order can even give people a sense of closure. Especially if the person is dealing with a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, writing a will can give them some peace of mind, knowing that such a task will already be taken care of...

Planning for Future Care Needs Part 2: Estate Plans

Estate Planning for Seniors

As you near your retirement years, it’s a good idea to start considering your estate planning options. For many of us, the legacy we leave to our spouse, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren matters enormously, so it’s important that your estate plans ensure your surviving loved ones receive the most out of their inheritance. One of the best ways to do that is to avoid the time and costs involved in probate court.

Probate is the traditional legal proceedings that occur after a person dies. The process includes everything from validating the deceased person’s will to appraising their property, paying debts and taxes and distributing their property to beneficiaries. According to Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care community in Pensacola, Florida, probate court can cost families a great deal of money and...

Planning for Future Care Needs Part 1: Trusts

As we get older, it’s wise to start planning financially for future care needs, not only for ourselves, but for our loved ones as well. No matter how healthy we may be, most of us want the security of knowing, should anything happen to us, our family will be taken care of. Financial or estate planning helps you prepare your assets for safe, legal transfer to those you designate as beneficiaries. Trusts are a common way to ensure your family receives the inheritance you leave behind.

In basic terms, a trust is a legal, written agreement that designates someone to manage your property and gives instructions for what to do with it after your death. Living trusts are established during your lifetime to protect your assets until you pass them on. Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care community in Pensacola, Florida, says, “...

Understanding Different Forms of Dementia

Understanding Different Forms of Dementia

When we talk about dementia, we often assume that it’s synonymous with Alzheimer’s disease. While the terms are often used this way, there are actually many different kinds of dementia. While most types manifest with some degree of memory loss and decreased cognitive function, they differ by specific symptoms, causes and available treatments.

“It’s true that Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, and therefore the most well known,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida. “Yet many senior adults suffer from lesser known forms of memory loss that can go undiagnosed and untreated. The more we know about the various forms of dementia, the better we can recognize the disease when it appears and provide the proper care for the individual and their family.”

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