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A Caregivers Guide to Meaningful Holiday Activities for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Meaningful Holiday Activities for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s

“The holidays are a time of excitement, anticipation, family gatherings and good cheer,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, the beautiful new memory care community opening this December in Pensacola, Florida.

“But if you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, the holiday season can also be a time of increased stress in the household. The added stimulation of the holidays with its busy pace and added ‘hustle and bustle’ can make your loved one with memory loss feel more anxious and trigger challenging behaviors.

“Fortunately,” she states, “experts in memory care and social engagement therapy offer useful tips that can make the holidays more meaningful and enjoyable for your loved one and the whole family.”

Holiday Guidelines for Caregivers

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Home Staging: 7 Ways to Prepare an Older Loved One’s Home for Sale

“Today with our large older population, more adult children are tasked with helping an aging parent or loved one sell their long-time home – often because of health-related reasons,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, the beautiful new memory care community opening this December in Pensacola, Florida.

“Older adults can become unsafe in their homes for a variety of reasons: declining physical abilities (e.g. vision and balance), risk of accidents and serious injury or a progressive disorder such as memory loss. When this occurs, it can place a great deal of pressure on their adult children or other family members to move quickly to do what is best for their loved one.

“According to the Assisted Living Federation of America, AARP and other senior care resources, memory care assisted living communities have become a popular choice for aging loved ones who are...

Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) at Clarity Pointe Louisville Feedback

10/13/16, First Training Session (community, families, & staff)

What will you do differently after the VDT experience?

“It gives a view into a person with dementia’s life dealing with simple tasks that has become difficult to manage.  It allows me to be more compassionate and understanding of one’s reality with dementia.”

“I better understand my husband’s frustrations and his need of help with things that he did for himself before.”

“I will be more patient with those who have dementia.  I will put myself in their shoes and process what I think could be going through their minds at this time.”

“I understand what people go through now.  I will try to educate others on what I went through.”

“I will be more patient with my Aunt.  I have a new understanding of how my Aunt may process the information.”

“Now, I will probably be MUCH MORE empathetic.  I have a new found...

7 Things You Should Know About Dementia and Nutrition for Your Loved One

 Dementia and Nutrition for Your Loved One

Nutrition experts say there is no specialized diet for loved one’s living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, the beautiful new memory care community opening this December in Pensacola, Florida.

However, they do advise that good nutrition is very important to the physical and emotional health of people with dementia. And poor nutrition, they say, can actually worsen symptoms of dementia, such as anxiety, agitation and apathy.”

7 Valuable Nutrition Tips for Your Loved One with Dementia

Authorities in dementia care and nutrition including the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo Clinic recommend the following useful tips that can benefit your loved one’s overall health and well-being...

Guidance for Caregivers: When to Make the Move to Memory Care Assisted Living

Guidance for Caregivers: When to Make the Move to Memory Care Assisted Living

“Today, many families are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia as a result of our rapidly expanding older population,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Pensacola, the beautiful new memory care community opening this December in Pensacola, Florida.

“As part of their labor of love, these caregivers must cope with their loved one’s increasing physical and emotional challenges stemming from Alzheimer’s progressive symptoms. As if trying to balance their daily caregiving duties with those of home, family, career and personal time were not enough, caregivers and their families also face another significant challenge – making difficult decisions that are in the best interests of their loved one’s care, safety and well-being.

“For many families, considering when the time is right for round-the-clock professional memory care can be an extremely difficult one fraught with emotional...

Memory Care Today: How Holistic Therapies Engage, Connect and Benefit Your Loved One

How Holistic Therapies Engage, Connect and Benefit Your Loved One

Are modern memory care medicines going to the dogs… and cats?

Memory care authorities such as the Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association say the simple answer is YES. And for very good reason!

Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Pensacola, opening this December in Pensacola, Florida, says, “At leading purpose-built memory care communities such as the beautiful new Clarity Pointe Pensacola, loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia receive the latest in enlightened memory care therapies.

“Commonly called ‘holistic’ therapies by memory care experts, these types of activities have been shown to improve a loved one’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Here at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, they are an important part of our life-...

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