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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.

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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.

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Planning for Future Care Needs: Part I – Trusts

Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, Ky., shares, “With our increasingly busy lives, it is easy to live in the moment and hope that the future will take care of itself. Unfortunately, experience shows us that this is rarely the case.

“Although we do not have the power to change the future, we can at least be well prepared for it. A well-conceived plan for you or a loved one’s future care needs can be your best safety net and also provide peace of mind.

“An accident, an illness or age-related condition such as memory loss could create the need for additional care. It is especially important to make sure you have the financial resources in place to cover costs not met by Medicare and Medicaid.

“Therefore, it is wise to discuss the available options thoroughly with an estate-planning attorney before making any decisions.”

Types of Trusts

One of the options to consider is...

7 Ways Respite Care Benefits You and Your Loved One with Memory Loss

“Although the many challenges of caring for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are well documented, many people are unaware of the stress and anxiety it often creates for their primary caregivers,” says Amanda King, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fl. In fact, caregivers have frequently been referred to as “the second or silent victims” of Alzheimer’s disease.

“Sometimes the demands of caring for a loved one with memory loss can take a significant physical and emotional toll. Loss of energy, insomnia, social withdrawal and even serious depression are not uncommon among caregivers. Medical experts tell us that caregiver burnout can even lead to serious medical consequences such as hypertension and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

“Sadly, caregivers can put their own health at risk as they do their best to balance home, career and family responsibilities...

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