Celebrating Milestones and Moments of Daily Life

Celebrating Milestones

Although a loved one with Alzheimer’s may have lost the ability to fully understand their surroundings, times of celebration are just as special – and as important – as they are for the rest of the family. Including loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of memory loss in holidays and family celebrations, as well as celebrating the special moments of each day, make for a better quality of life.

According to Amanda King, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL, “Celebrations of any kind have significant benefits for those with Alzheimer’s, boosting their self-esteem as they are included and providing moments of pleasure and joy.

“Even at the latest stages of memory loss, it’s important for families to remember that their loved one hasn’t left, and that they still deserve to enjoy life, even if they can’t express it in the same ways.”

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The Importance of Purpose-Built Memory Care Communities

With the increasing population of adults age 65 and older, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are becoming more and more prevalent. There’s never been a greater need for memory care than there is today. More importantly, there’s never been a greater need to take care of our aging population with the kind of specialized support and dignity they deserve.

“Purpose-built Memory Care communities offer seniors living with dementia the highest level of care available through assisted living,” says Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, KY. “Unlike most memory care wings or special care units in long-term care facilities, communities solely dedicated to memory care can specialize every service and amenity to benefit those with memory impairments.

“Alzheimer’s disease is an ever-growing concern and, until there’s a cure, it’s our job to provide our seniors with memory loss with...

9 Caregiver Tips on Using Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s

As Alzheimer’s progresses, it becomes harder for those living with the disease to communicate their thoughts and feelings to those around them. Language troubles and difficult behaviors caused by cognitive decline can leave a person with Alzheimer’s isolated from family, friends and caregivers. Against these odds, though, families have discovered an evidence-based, accessible tool to continue making connections with their loved ones: music.

Amanda King, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Jacksonville, a Memory Care Assisted Living community in Jacksonville, FL, has witnessed the remarkable benefits of music therapy among those with Alzheimer’s disease. “Music has the power to affect mood, behavior and overall well-being for those with memory loss and their families,” says King. “We’ve seen caregivers provide cognitive stimulation and agitation management with music therapy, as well as give their loved ones a way to connect...

Helping Your Loved One Through Dementia-Related Sensory Changes

Since the cognitive decline caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia cannot be reversed, one of the greatest ways to care for someone with the disease is to improve their quality of life. As Alzheimer’s gradually changes your loved one’s ability to see, hear, taste, smell and feel the world around them, you can help them adapt to their sensory changes and stay connected to the things they love.

Unlike changes that occur naturally with age, changing senses due to Alzheimer’s disease cannot be corrected. Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director of Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, KY, explains, “If dementia causes changes in vision, the problem is not in the person’s eyes. Sensory changes occur because the damage to the brain cells inhibits the brain from perceiving visual messages correctly. As with many symptoms of dementia, the only solution caregivers have is to manage these changes and help their loved...

How to Handle the Challenges of Changing Environments for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease involves stages of cognitive decline and gradually damages the brain. For those who suffer from Alzheimer’s, people and places that were once familiar and comfortable can become strange and confusing as the disease progresses. Changes to their environment, such as traveling, going to the doctor, moving to a new home or receiving houseguests, can trigger challenging behavioral symptoms.

Environmental changes or disruptions can cause someone with Alzheimer’s to become anxious, agitated, confused or aggressive. According to Amanda King, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Jacksonville, a Memory Care Assisted Living Community in Jacksonville, FL, “Changes in routine or environment can be distressing or uncomfortable for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, and that distress may trigger a variety of behaviors. At the core of most reactions is the person’s frustration with trying to make sense of an increasingly...