The Ethics of Fibbing: Is It OK to Fib to My Loved One with Memory Loss?

The Ethics of Fibbing in Memory Loss

Founding Father Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Honesty is the best policy.”

While his words of wisdom would seem to apply to all aspects of life, there may be one situation that defies the conventional wisdom.

Today, experts in memory care say that being completely honest with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia might not always be in their best interest.

When the Truth Hurts

“There are various circumstances in memory care in which telling your loved one the truth can be counterproductive to their overall well-being,” says Kathy WiederholdExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, KY. In fact, the truth can sometimes be very upsetting to them and worsen their condition.

“As an example, they might ask where a deceased spouse is, thinking they are still alive. Memory care specialists now say that being honest with them can...

How to Have a Healthy and Successful Visit with Your Loved One in Memory Care

Healthy and Successful Visits with Your Loved One in Memory Care

For many people, the thought of visiting a friend or loved one with memory loss resulting from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can create a great deal of apprehension and anxiety. Unfortunately, some would rather avoid the visit entirely, rationalizing that the person receiving memory care probably wouldn’t recognize them and think, “What’s the point?”

The Therapeutic Value of Visits

Memory care experts at the Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association advise that this reaction is a common one, and should not deter friends or family members from taking some time to pay a visit. They say that visits and other forms of social engagement are highly beneficial to those with memory loss and are clearly in their best interests from both a physical and emotional standpoint.

Amanda KingExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Jacksonville, the...

Honoring Choices: The Foundation of Dignity for Loved Ones with Memory Loss

Honoring Choices of Memory Care Residents

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are currently 5.3 million Americans of all ages living with Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated 5.1 million of the memory-impaired are ages 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 are under the age of 65.

At present, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and it is widely accepted that the entire scientific, technological and programming framework for Alzheimer’s care could be more responsive and effective. A key goal is to better serve loved ones needing memory care by enabling them to engage in activities that are most meaningful and enriching to them and, in turn, have the most positive effect on their quality of life.

Providing “Made to Order” Living for Your Loved One

Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, KY, says, “Enlightened, contemporary memory care...

Dementia and Sleep: What Memory Loss Caregivers Need to Know

Dementia and Sleep

According to medical professionals, sleep is a vital human function that is essential for restoring our physical, emotional and cognitive health and maintaining our overall well-being. Sadly, memory care experts say that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia frequently rob individuals of their normal sleep behaviors. This, in turn, has a disruptive ripple effect on the amount and quality of sleep their caregivers receive.

Memory Care and Changing Sleep Patterns

According to The Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association, individuals with memory loss frequently have sleep problems or experience significant changes in their sleep patterns as a direct result of Alzheimer’s progressively destructive impact on the brain...

Walking on Sunshine: 7 Benefits of Time Outdoors for Loved Ones with Memory Loss

Benefits of Time Outdoors for Loved Ones with Memory Loss

Research shows that spending time outdoors can provide a variety of valuable health benefits for our minds and bodies. While time spent in the sun and fresh air can be beneficial to all of us, it is particularly useful for senior adults, including those requiring memory care.

However, for many older Americans, a variety of circumstances can make it difficult for them to spend quality time outdoors. For example, mobility issues, health conditions, living arrangements and other constraints can limit their access to the outside world.

Unfortunately, this can lead to unhealthy situations such as loneliness, increased boredom and apathy, lack of energy and motivation, lack of exercise and clinical depression. 

The Intrinsic Value of Nature

Kathy WiederholdExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in...