Planning Meals for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s: Tips for Success

Planning Meals for Those With Alzheimer's Disease

When a loved one is living with the challenges of memory loss, daily activities that we often take for granted can become difficult to manage. As Alzheimer’s disease (and other forms of dementia) progresses, a person eventually loses the abilities to cook or prepare a meal, choose healthy foods to eat, use utensils and, in some late-stage cases, chew or swallow without difficulty. As a person’s skills and cognitive abilities gradually worsen, it often falls on their caregiver to make sure they eat properly and get enough nutrients in their diet.

How to Celebrate National Family Caregiver’s Month

National Caregiver's Month

For the majority of the five million people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, their care is provided by a member of their family. Family caregivers are unpaid and typically have little formal training in dementia care; yet, they ensure the safety and well-being of many seniors in need. If you or someone you know is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s time to celebrate your hard work this November during National Family Caregiver’s Month.

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.

9 Memory Care Tips to Help Caregivers Through the Holidays

Memory Care and the Holidays: 9 Coping Tips for Caregivers

Memory Care and the Holidays

“As much as we all look forward to the joys of the holiday season, we also know from experience that it can be a very busy and sometimes stressful time of year,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, the beautiful new memory care community opening this December in Pensacola, Florida. 

“For the increasing number of families providing memory care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, the normal challenges of the busy holiday season can become even greater.”

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The “Invisible Second Patients:” How Alzheimer’s Effects the Entire Family

Alzheimer's Effects on the Family

Experts on the social dynamics of memory care advise that families can be profoundly affected by the ripple effect of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

In fact, the impact on families can be so extensive that primary caregivers have been called “the second victims of Alzheimer’s,” and families have been referred to as “the invisible patients.”

Clearly, progressive memory loss can impact normal family life in a variety of challenging ways.

9 Caregiver Tips on Using Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s

As Alzheimer’s progresses, it becomes harder for those living with the disease to communicate their thoughts and feelings to those around them. Language troubles and difficult behaviors caused by cognitive decline can leave a person with Alzheimer’s isolated from family, friends and caregivers. Against these odds, though, families have discovered an evidence-based, accessible tool to continue making connections with their loved ones: music.


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