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Recognizing the 5 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

5 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

“Today, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of progressive memory loss are a growing concern for older Americans and their families,” says Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida.

“Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia at present, memory care experts say that the sooner the condition can be detected, the better the quality of care and potential outcomes for the individual. Examples include: better chances of a favorable response to treatment; a slower progression of symptoms; and a greater opportunity to make important legal, financial and healthcare decisions and arrangements.”

Is It Alzheimer’s or a “Senior Moment?”

Says Rob, “Because of the advantages noted above, the Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association are major advocates of early...

Your Guide to a Healthy, Successful Visit with Someone with Memory Loss

Your Guide to a Healthy, Successful Visit with Someone with Memory Loss

The thought of visiting a friend or loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of progressive memory loss can create a sense of unease and anxiety. Understandably, anyone can feel apprehensive about a situation or circumstance that is unknown or unfamiliar to them.

It can be especially difficult to witness the changes caused by memory loss firsthand and to accept the differences in the person you have known and loved. The concerns of friends and family members are frequently voiced in comments such as, “What if he doesn’t know who I am?”; “What should I say?”; “How should I act?”; or “I don’t want to see her like this.”

Visits Are Important to Persons with Memory Loss

Kathy WiederholdExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Louisville, a memory care assisted living community in Louisville, KY, says, “Because of these common, perfectly human reactions, it is easy to understand how...

Memory Care Essentials: 7 Healthy Reasons to Spend Time Outdoors with Your Loved One

Memory Care and Nature’s Unique Influence on Our Lives

“Today, it is not just authors and poets who are singing the praises of nature. Now healthy aging and memory care experts are also extolling its virtues for older adults and those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at the beautiful new Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola opening in December 2016. 

“Researchers cite evidence that the great outdoors has a multitude of benefits that can enrich our lives and keep us healthier in mind, body and spirit. And this is particularly true for loved ones with memory loss.

“There is an intrinsic connection between people and nature, memory care experts say, that promotes relaxation and a sense of inner peace and calm. This is especially valuable for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease who typically experience stress, anxiety and agitation as part of their progressive disease...

Your Guide to Understanding the Best in Memory Care Services

Your Guide to Understanding the Best in Memory Care Services

“With an increasing number of older American’s and their families being touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia today, many adult children are looking for solutions in the form of information, resources and memory care services,” says Amanda KingExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Jacksonville, the beautiful new Memory Care Assisted Living community in Jacksonville, FL.

“While local support groups, community services and Alzheimer’s Association information can be helpful in the early stages of memory loss, the progressive nature of the disease means that a loved one will eventually need more support than one can safely provide in the home. Fortunately, memory care services have grown in number and quality in recent years and they offer many benefits and advantages to both loved ones and their caregivers who are often overburdened, over stressed and challenged to maintain their own physical and...

Humor in Caregiving: The Benefits of Laughter in Memory Care

Humor in Caregiving in Memory Care

Few of us would ever associate humor with memory care. However, today there is evidence that the old adage, “laughter is the best medicine,” could also apply to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

While there is certainly nothing funny about memory loss, experts now say that humor offers several tangible benefits for both memory care recipients and their caregivers.

A Prescription for Laughter

Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™  Louisville, a memory care assisted living community in Louisville, KY, says, “Laughter has proven to be beneficial to our overall emotional state, and recent studies and professional publications have noted that humor can also be helpful to loved ones living with memory loss – as well as their caregivers.

“Humor is said to have a soothing, calming effect on...

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Tips: What to Look for in a Memory Care Assisted Living Community

What to Look for in a Memory Care Assisted Living Community

Memory care experts advise that because of the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, there eventually comes a time when a loved one will require more care than can be provided in the home. 

Amanda KingExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Jacksonville, the beautiful new Memory Care Assisted Living community in Jacksonville, Florida, says, “While providing the best care for your loved is always the right thing to do, making the decision to place Mom or Dad in a specialized memory care assisted living community can be a very challenging and emotional one. 

“The good news is they will be receiving the round-the-clock care, safety measures and social engagement activities they need for their physical, mental and emotional well-being. And at leading memory care communities such as Clarity Pointe Jacksonville, families and friends are always welcome and encouraged to remain a part of their...

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