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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...

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...

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