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The Ethics of Fibbing in Memory Care: When Bending the Truth is Best

The Ethics of Fibbing in Memory Care: When Bending the Truth is Best

“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.

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Honoring Choices: The Foundations of Dignity in Memory Care

 Honoring Choices: The Foundations of Dignity in Memory Care

“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...

Memory Care Insights: Discover the Magic in the Music for Loved Ones with Memory Loss

Music Therapy

“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...

Memory Care Insights: The Value of Therapeutic Reminiscing

The Value of Therapeutic Reminiscing

“Although memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia diminish an individual’s ability to think clearly and recall facts, memory care experts tell us that the area of the brain that stores long-term memories is not affected until the later stages of dementia’s progression. says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, the beautiful new memory care community opening this December in Pensacola, Florida. 

“This explains why individuals with memory loss typically remember much more about their younger days than about what happened yesterday. For example, they can often recall people and events from 60 years ago with crystal clarity, but are unable to remember what they had for breakfast that same morning.

“Because of this phenomenon, reminiscing about the happier times in life is now used as a legitimate form of memory care therapy that helps loved ones with dementia to engage and connect...

An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Guide to Valuable Engagement Activities

An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Guide to Valuable Engagement Activities

“It is very important for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to be socially and mentally stimulated,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, the beautiful new memory care community opening this December in Pensacola, Florida.To the extent they are able, it is beneficial for your loved one with dementia to continue with the interests and activities that he or she has always enjoyed. In addition to enhancing their overall quality of life, engagement activities can reduce behaviors such as anxiety, agitation, apathy, depression and wandering while also offering a sense of purpose and self-esteem.”

According to experts with the Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association, many of your loved one’s favorite activities can be modified to reflect their current ability and stage of memory loss.

The Value of Social Engagement Activities...

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