10 Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease for World Alzheimer’s Month

10 Facts for Alzheimer's Month

Millions of families throughout the world are affected by the devastating impacts of Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease or any kind of dementia; yet, the more people understand the complexities of memory impairment, and the more research experts can accomplish, we gain a bit more ground on curing Alzheimer’s disease.

“We believe that awareness about memory loss is key to finding a cure,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida. “Unless it’s touched their family, many don’t realize the severity of Alzheimer’s disease. A lot people just think it makes a person forgetful. We hope that when society realizes how extreme Alzheimer’s is, and how much its prevalence is growing throughout our population, our country will be able to fund more...

Celebrating Healthy Aging Month: 10 Tips for Dementia Patients

Healthy Aging Month

September is national Healthy Aging Month, created by Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging® Magazine. For the last few decades, Healthy Aging Month has provided an annual opportunity for seniors and those who care for them to reevaluate their health, lifestyles and habits, and find inspiration for adding more healthy activities into their daily lives. For those living with dementia, Healthy Aging Month can be a great motivator for patients and caregivers to boost their overall well-being.

“Despite the difficult symptoms that accompany memory loss, dementia patients can still experience abundantly healthy lifestyles,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola...

Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

When we were kids, a challenging jigsaw puzzle could keep us occupied for hours. Many adults still enjoy passing the time putting puzzles together with friends and family. For children, puzzles help develop important spatial and visual skills, yet the benefits of jigsaw puzzles are relevant for adults, too. Especially for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of memory loss, jigsaw puzzles help the brain in more ways than one.

“Piecing together a jigsaw puzzle is excellent exercise for the brain,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care community in Pensacola, Florida. “Seniors living with Alzheimer’s need to participate in various activities that stimulate cognitive functioning. Puzzles not only get the brain working, but allow for social opportunities between loved ones and caregivers and create...

Dealing with Dementia-Related Behavior: Dos and Don’ts for Caregivers

As an individual experiences the life-altering changes of progressive dementia – the loss of memories, confusion, sensory problems, diminishing abilities, the struggle to communicate – it’s common that challenging behaviors evolve in response to their ever-changing world. For a caregiver of a loved one with memory loss, dealing with challenging behaviors such as aggression, suspicion and delusions can be emotionally difficult and, in some cases, dangerous for both of their safety.

“Caring for a loved one with memory loss involves much more than just supporting daily tasks like getting dressed, eating, and going throughout the day,” says Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee, a memory care assisted living community in Tallahassee, Florida that will be opening in December 2017. “Caregivers also have to learn to manage the challenging behaviors that result...

The Benefits of Heat Therapy for Dementia Patients

Within the last decade, holistic therapies have become increasingly popular treatment options for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. While holistic therapies, such as art therapy, aromatherapy, sensory stimulation and others, do not cure memory loss, they can provide remarkable benefits in individual function, comfort and overall well-being.

Heat therapy, also called far infrared radiation therapy (FIR), has been used for centuries and more recently to improve physical and mental health. In 2012, clinical trials discovered that heat therapy is an effective way to improve cognitive functioning, mood and even memory recall among people with mild to moderate memory loss.

According to Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, seniors living...

Planning for Future Care Needs Part 3: Wills

If you are in your retirement years, it’s a good time to consider writing a will. For those caring for a loved one with memory loss or another progressive disease, the task of writing their will may fall to you in some capacity. If your loved one wants help writing their will, you should get started as soon as possible, so your loved one can contribute to the process as much as possible.

According to Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care community in Pensacola, Florida, writing a will is an important task for seniors. “Taking the necessary steps to ensure their affairs are in order can even give people a sense of closure. Especially if the person is dealing with a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, writing a will can give them some peace of mind, knowing that such a task will already be taken care of...