Healthy and Successful Visits with Your Loved One with Memory Loss

“It is understandable yet unfortunate that family members and friends are often apprehensive about visiting a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia,” says Amanda KingExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL. “They are not sure what they will find and how the person with memory loss will respond to them.

“Common responses from family and friends include: ‘Will they even know who I am?’ ‘What would I say?’ ‘I don’t know if I want to see them in their current state.’ While it is normal to feel rather anxious about making a visit, social engagement in the form of personal visits and other social stimulation is considered highly beneficial to the well-being of those with memory loss.”

Why Visits Are Highly Beneficial

The Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association advise that various forms of social engagement, including personal...

Planning for Future Care Needs: Part III – Wills

“In parts I and II of our series on planning for future care needs, we discussed the purpose of trusts and the overall importance of estate planning,” says Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, KY. “In this article, we will review the importance of wills.

“As noted by the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo Clinic, while it's important for everyone to plan for the future, legal plans are especially vital for a person diagnosed with memory loss. The sooner planning begins, the more likely it is that the person with dementia will be able to participate.”

The Importance of Acting Now

As Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia progress, it becomes more challenging to make choices and communicate your wishes regarding care. Eventually, there will come a time when you are no longer able to make financial decisions and sign legal papers. The people...

Coping Tips for Caregivers: Coordinating Your Caregiving Team

Amanda KingExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL, says, “In today’s busy world, being the primary caregiver for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can be an extremely challenging and highly stressful role.

“In fact, psychologists and experts in the field of memory care warn that the commitment of daily memory care responsibilities can have a significant physical and emotional effect on primary caregivers as well as their families. In some cases, the effects on the primary caregiver can become so burdensome and stressful that they fall victim to burnout, depression and other serious medical problems such as hypertension, heart attack and stroke.”

Why Creating a Caregiving Team Is so Important – For Your Loved One and You!

“This is especially true for caregivers who are already trying to juggle careers, family and personal time,” adds Amanda.


Planning for Future Care Needs: Part II – Estate Planning

“In our previous article, we discussed the importance of planning for future care needs and reviewed the value of trusts,” says Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, KY. “In this article, we will outline the importance of estate planning as it applies to future health needs.” 

“None of us have the power to change the future. An unforeseen accident, a sudden illness or an age-related condition could create the need for additional care someday. However, we do have the power take charge now and be well prepared for any future scenarios. Estate planning is one very important solution to this uncertainty.”

Estate Planning and Future Care

Experts in legal and financial planning advise that an effectively designed estate plan, which addresses your or a loved one’s future care needs, is an essential instrument for creating a more secure future. Estate planning includes all of your assets and...

Humor in Memory Care: Why Laughter Is Good Medicine for Your Loved One and You

Amanda KingExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla., says, “There is certainly nothing funny about a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. However, experts in memory care tell us that humor actually plays a legitimate and useful role in the caregiving process.

“Today, medical science recognizes that humor offers a variety of physical and emotional benefits and has a positive influence on our lives. It helps us to keep things in perspective and takes the edge off the daily stresses that are part of our busy lives.

“Memory care researchers also believe that humor offers specific benefits for individuals with memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s. For example, with the common symptom of agitation, laughter seems to provide a calming effect, which reduces your loved one’s stress levels and subsequent agitation and aggressive behaviors.