“Memory care experts often say that taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia is very much a family affair,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola.
“However, family members and friends are sometimes hesitant to visit and interact with a loved one with memory loss largely because they don’t know what to expect. We often hear comments such as, ‘Will he even know me?’; ‘I don’t know what to say?’; and ‘How will he react?’
“While it is understandable that some friends and family members might feel anxious about making an initial visit, memory care therapists emphasize that social visits are very important to the emotional health and well-being of the person with Alzheimer’s. Avoiding the person simply because of their disorder is not beneficial for anyone.
“One the contrary, visits can be healthy and successful for both parties with some basic knowledge of how...
“While it might seem rather difficult – even inappropriate – to associate humor and laughter with Alzheimer’s disease and memory care,”says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director of the beautiful, newly-opened Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola,“Memory care experts now say that a dash of humormight be the best medicine for both loved ones with dementia and their frequently overburdened caregivers.”
“Memory care authorities at The Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association say that the appropriate use of humor can provide physical as well as emotional benefits to both loved ones with Alzheimer’s and their primary family caregivers.
“For individuals with memory loss, humor has a calming effect, which reduces stress levels and related anxiety, agitation and aggressiveness. For caregivers, laughter can be a helpful coping mechanism for their stress and provide a better sense of perspective for the many challenges...
“We are taught from early childhood that telling the truth is extremely important in life,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director of the newly-opened Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola. In elementary school, we learned about George Washington famously saying, ‘I cannot tell a lie’ and Benjamin Franklin stating that ‘Honesty is the best policy’. Throughout life, we have been reminded that being truthful is the moral and ethical way to conduct ourselves. But for at-home memory care providers who have a parent or spouse living with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, fibbing can sometimes be the best policy – or at least the most humane and caring one.”
Why? Because in providing memory care to a loved one, circumstances can arise where telling them the truth can be very disturbing and, in turn, harmful to their emotional state and overall health and well-being. A common example is asking where their now deceased spouse is.
“While research scientists tell us that a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is still in the future, it is also widely recognized that the entire care and programming approach to memory care today could be more responsive and effective, says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director of the newly-opened Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola in Pensacola, FL.
“In creating our beautiful new purpose-built memory care community, we have applied the knowledge gained from dementia research studies that show that choice and control are highly important to loved ones receiving memory care. This research demonstrates that memory care programs and activities that are most closely aligned with an individual’s personal interests, preferences, choices and sense of dignity are the most effective and have the most positive impact on the person’s quality of life.”
The Importance of Personal Preference and Choice in Memory Care...
“We’ve all experienced the powerful influence that music can have on our lives,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola. When we’re tired and lethargic, upbeat music can give us a lift. And when we need to relax and unwind, the right music can be soothing and calming.”
Memory care experts, including those at The Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association, are touting the magic of music as an effective therapy for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Hitting a High Note: Music’s Multiple Benefits in Memory Care
Music therapy is a form of social engagement therapy – also called holistic therapies – that serve to reconnect loved ones with the world around them and help to reduce common symptoms of memory loss such as anxiety, agitation, aggression and apathy.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association Newsletter, listening to live music and being...