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...

The Ethics of Fibbing: Is It OK to Fib to My Loved One with Memory Loss?

The Ethics of Fibbing in Memory Loss

Founding Father Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Honesty is the best policy.”

While his words of wisdom would seem to apply to all aspects of life, there may be one situation that defies the conventional wisdom.

Today, experts in memory care say that being completely honest with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia might not always be in their best interest.

When the Truth Hurts

“There are various circumstances in memory care in which telling your loved one the truth can be counterproductive to their overall well-being,” says Kathy WiederholdExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, KY. In fact, the truth can sometimes be very upsetting to them and worsen their condition.

“As an example, they might ask where a deceased spouse is, thinking they are still alive. Memory care specialists now say that being honest with them can...

How to Have a Healthy and Successful Visit with Your Loved One in Memory Care

Healthy and Successful Visits with Your Loved One in Memory Care

For many people, the thought of visiting a friend or loved one with memory loss resulting from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can create a great deal of apprehension and anxiety. Unfortunately, some would rather avoid the visit entirely, rationalizing that the person receiving memory care probably wouldn’t recognize them and think, “What’s the point?”

The Therapeutic Value of Visits

Memory care experts at the Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association advise that this reaction is a common one, and should not deter friends or family members from taking some time to pay a visit. They say that visits and other forms of social engagement are highly beneficial to those with memory loss and are clearly in their best interests from both a physical and emotional standpoint.

Amanda KingExecutive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Jacksonville, the...

Honoring Choices: The Foundation of Dignity for Loved Ones with Memory Loss

Honoring Choices of Memory Care Residents

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are currently 5.3 million Americans of all ages living with Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated 5.1 million of the memory-impaired are ages 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 are under the age of 65.

At present, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and it is widely accepted that the entire scientific, technological and programming framework for Alzheimer’s care could be more responsive and effective. A key goal is to better serve loved ones needing memory care by enabling them to engage in activities that are most meaningful and enriching to them and, in turn, have the most positive effect on their quality of life.

Providing “Made to Order” Living for Your Loved One

Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, KY, says, “Enlightened, contemporary memory care...