Art Therapy and Alzheimer’s: How to Paint a Picture of Well-Being for Your Loved One

Both the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo Clinic agree that art and drawing can enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Both allow for self-expression and engagement, even after dementia has progressed.

The Mayo Clinic article “Alzheimer's Stops Where Creativity Begins,” explains that art stirs us in many ways. Says the author, Sara Tucker, M.A, an art therapist and early stage services manager for the Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, “It [art] has the ability to alter the mind, affect our behavior, emotions and our relationships with others. Art fosters health, communication and expression to promote the integration of physical, emotional, cognitive and social functioning. For...

Why Alzheimer’s Disease Is a Family Affair

Experts in memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia tell us that the progressive condition not only affects the loved one living with the disorder but also the entire family unit. The impact on families can be so extensive that primary caregivers are sometimes called “the second victims of Alzheimer’s” and families are referred to as “the invisible patients.”

If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, experts at the Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association advise that two things are essential:

  1. Become as educated and informed as you can about the disease so you always know what to expect.
  2. Get help; taking care of a loved one with progressive memory loss typically becomes too big of a job for one human being.

Because of the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s and the slow but steady changes in behavior and function it inevitably causes, it is very...

How to Decide When Residential Memory Care Is Best for Your Loved One

Today, there are an increasing number of Americans who are doing their best to take care of a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Being an at-home caregiver can have its rewards, but it is also fraught with many physical and emotional challenges.

One of the most difficult challenges facing at-home caregivers is recognizing when the time has come to provide your loved one with 24/7 professional care. Experts tell us that while it can be a very difficult and highly emotional decision, it is important to keep your loved one’s well-being and best interests as your top priority.

Your Loved One’s Needs Will Continue to Increase with Time

If you feel a sense of uncertainty and guilt over making this decision, you are not alone. Experts explain that these feelings are common and perfectly normal. At the same time, they remind us that with the passage of time, your loved one’s needs for care will continue to increase and the demands...

Dining with Dementia: Nutrition Tips for Your Loved One’s Health

While there is no unique diet for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, experts at the Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association tell us that good nutrition is especially important to their physical and emotional health. Proper nutrition keeps the body strong and healthy.

For persons with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia, poor nutrition can increase behavioral symptoms, such as anxiety and agitation, and may also result in weight loss. Proper hydration is also very important to your loved one’s comfort and well-being.

Important Nutrition Tips for Loved Ones with Dementia

These useful nutrition tips can benefit your loved one’s health and general well-being:

  • Provide a balanced diet with a variety of foods – Offer vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein foods.
  • Limit foods with high saturated fat...

Minimizing Stress for Holidays and Family Gatherings

Rene Lesnak, Director of Community Relations of Clarity Pointe Little Rock, made an appearance on Good Morning Arkansas on Thursday, June 18, 2015.  She gave tips on for minimizing stress and preparing for holidays and large family gatherings.

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