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...

Your Guide to Recognizing and Coping with Caregiver Stress

Recognizing and Coping with Caregiver Stress

As any experienced caregiver can tell you, taking care of a love one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia can be extremely difficult. And because it is a progressive disorder, the challenges will only grow over time.

Your loved one will require increasing amounts of care and you will have to provide increasing amounts of time and support. For many at-home caregivers today, the growing demands on their time, attention and energy can result in increased levels of stress that can be very unhealthy and potentially dangerous.

Avoiding the “Second Victim” Syndrome

Amanda KingExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe Jacksonville, the beautiful new Memory Care Assisted Living community in Jacksonville, FL, says, “Today, caregiver stress is a major concern in our society. In addition to their daily caregiving duties, many...

Understanding the Healing Power of Music for Those with Memory Loss

 Healing Power of Music for Those with Memory Loss

Although there is yet to be a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss, experts in memory care have found many effective methods in the meantime for increasing the quality of life for those with the disease. Holistic treatments, such as art therapy, reminiscence therapy, aromatherapy and music therapy, have been proven to help soothe the symptoms of memory loss and even slow down cognitive decline. 

“We utilize the power of music therapy for the residents in our community,” says Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville, a memory care assisted living community in Louisville, KY. “While memory loss isolates our residents from the world and those around them, music draws them back, giving them a way to express their emotions and connect with others. Music therapy may not heal their disease, but it can heal the loneliness and frustration they feel as a result.”


9 Tips for Managing Challenging Behaviors in Your Loved One with Memory Loss

While certainly no fault of their own, loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia frequently demonstrate behaviors that can be very distressing and challenging for their caregivers.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the primary reason for their unsettling behavior is the progressive deterioration of brain cells. However, other factors, such as pain, can also cause troublesome symptoms or make them worse.

Experts advise that the majority of these unpleasant behaviors are attributable to difficulty performing tasks, loud noises, the inability to communicate, a frantic environment, unfamiliar surroundings, physical limitations and personal discomfort.

As a consequence, loved ones with memory loss can act in disturbing and unpredictable ways. Some individuals become anxious, agitated or aggressive. Others repeat certain questions or gestures. Many misinterpret what they hear.

Knowledge, Patience and...

Benefits of Therapeutic Reminiscence for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease

Therapeutic Reminiscence for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease

For those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, maintaining a sense of self-worth is often among the emotional difficulties caused by their cognitive decline. Frustration from limited skills and abilities or feeling isolated by their disease can easily diminish a person’s self-esteem. As a caregiver of someone with dementia, helping them feel valuable and loved is a vital part of your role. 

Therapeutic reminiscence, also referred to as reminiscence therapy, allows a loved one with dementia the chance to reconnect with his or her past, as well as form connections with those present, to bring about feelings of accomplishment or satisfaction when dwelling on life events.

“Reminiscence therapy, when used well, epitomizes the ideal activity for someone with Alzheimer’s,” says Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in Kentucky. “Even when recent memories dissolve within the...