5 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, less than 45 percent of the 5.3 Americans with Alzheimer’s disease last year were told of their diagnosis. The warning signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia may come in varying degrees and might be mistaken by family members as normal effects of aging. It’s important to be aware of the early warning signs so you or a loved one can receive the best care possible.

Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville, a memory care assisted living community in Louisville, KY, explains, “Although Alzheimer’s disease is usually determined by memory loss that disrupts daily life, it affects more than just memory. The cognitive decline effects thinking and reasoning skills and behavior as well.

“Families with aging loved ones should be aware of these lesser-known warning signs, so if they notice them, their loved ones can have the advantages of early...

Educating Your Family About Alzheimer’s Disease

Those who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s know that the disease is a family diagnosis. Everyone feels the stress of watching – and caring for – their loved one’s progressive illness. If you are the primary caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, the responsibility of educating your family and close friends, as well as keeping them updated on your loved one’s condition, usually falls to you.

“Caregivers are most often the primary source of information for other members of the family,” Amanda King, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida, says. “So, it’s very important for caregivers to educate themselves on Alzheimer’s disease as much as possible. Not only is it helpful for family members to understand the symptoms and know what to expect as the disease progresses, but a comprehensive awareness of the nature of memory loss makes it easier for everyone to interact effectively with...

Home Staging Basics for Seniors: Styling Your Loved One’s Home to Sell

Perhaps one of the most time-consuming and stressful aspects of helping a loved one move into a senior living community is selling their prior home. Since a house might be one of your loved one’s greatest sources of funding for their professional care, it’s important to do what you can to sell the home at the best price.

One way to do this is by staging the home and making it more appealing to potential buyers. Home staging can range from keeping living spaces tidy to professional services that spruce and refurnish the home to raise the value and, consequently, buyers’ offers.

Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, KS, encourages families to learn what resources are available to them to make selling their loved one’s home a smooth and successful process. “When families have the time and resources, it’s best to take the time to downsize efficiently and market their loved one’s...

Therapeutic Fibbing: The Ethics of Lying to Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

Most of society would agree that telling the truth is part of our moral responsibility to each other, especially to our parents or spouse. The idea of lying to your loved one may seem cruel or unfair and elicit feelings of guilt. However, if you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, sometimes telling the truth can do more harm than good. 

According to Clarity Pointe Jacksonville’s Executive Director, Amanda S. King, “There are legitimate circumstances when dealing with Alzheimer’s that it’s better to fib than state the truth. Painful truths can cause a loved one to feel anxious, frustrated, stressed and angry. Keeping them from getting upset or acting on harmful behaviors sometimes takes priority over absolute honesty.” 

Why Fibbing Is Viewed as Acceptable Therapy

Years ago, professionals thought it was best to reorient those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to bring them back to...

5 Guidelines for Deciding When It’s Time for Memory Care Assisted Living

For many families, deciding whether or not to move their aging loved one into an assisted living community is extremely difficult. However, when that loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the progression of this degenerative disease eventually makes 24-hour, professional memory care a necessity. For these families, the decision is no longer one of if, but when.

If you’re caring for a loved one with memory loss, you may be struggling with conflicting feelings of guilt and the desire to do what is best. How do you reconcile the pressure of responsibility to care for your loved one yourself with the fear that their needs could soon be beyond what you can handle?

Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville, has helped families through this struggle time and time again. “Letting go of caregiver responsibilities is often difficult for family members. But we’ve...