Senior Care

Celebrating National Senior Independence Month

National Senior Independence Month

In honor of National Senior Independence Month, we’re taking the opportunity to share ideas about independence in the face of dementia’s challenges. Often, caregivers and families see dementia as something that takes away independence from their loved one. While this may be the case in some respect, especially in the later stages of the disease, it is possible to encourage freedom, agency and independence even in the midst of challenging symptoms.

Making a Clear Difference Through Heartfelt CONNECTIONS™

Heartfelt CONNECTIONS™

“As a community dedicated to enhancing the lives of seniors with memory loss and the families who love them, we require a unique approach to caring for this detrimental disease,” says Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee in Tallahassee, Florida. “At Clarity Pointe, we don’t simply focus on the skills and abilities that dementia takes away from a person. Instead, our approach is life-affirming, positive and supportive.”

Brain-Stimulating Benefits of Puzzles for Seniors with Dementia

The Benefits of Puzzles

For seniors living with the challenges of dementia and memory loss, it can be difficult to find activities that help them feel productive, capable and relaxed. Many caregivers of a loved one with dementia struggle to engage them in meaningful pastimes to curb their restlessness or stimulate their mind. One simple solution to engaging seniors with dementia is to immerse them in fun activities that include just the right amount of puzzling stimulation.

Community Resources for Caring for a Spouse with Dementia

Resources for Caring for a Spouse with Dementia

When a spouse or partner is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the responsibilities of caring for their needs in a new way can add stress to your lifestyle and tension to your relationship. The dynamics of caring for a spouse are different than caring for a parent, as the emotional support you offered each other may threaten to weaken with their disease. However, spousal caregivers can have hope as they learn to find support from other resources to help them through their caregiving journey.

5 Benefits of a Personalized Memory Care Program

No two cases of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia are exactly the same. The diagnosis, progression of the disease, exhibition of symptoms and challenging behaviors are unique for every person who lives with memory loss. When caring for such a complex, wide-ranging disease, shouldn’t the methods for care be just as personalized for each individual?

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.

Managing Prescription Medications for a Loved One with Dementia

Adults over the age of 65 use more prescription and over-the-counter medications than any other age group. Chronic illnesses, more frequent injuries, weaker immune systems and other physical conditions all contribute to high levels of medication use in seniors. While it’s beneficial to live in an age of medical advancements, medication use can cause serious problems if not handled safely. The risk for misuse increases when a senior is living with a memory impairment like dementia.

10 Tips for Dementia Patients to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month

Celebrating Healthy Aging Month: 10 Tips for Dementia Patients

Healthy Aging Month

September is national Healthy Aging Month, created by Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging® Magazine. For the last few decades, Healthy Aging Month has provided an annual opportunity for seniors and those who care for them to reevaluate their health, lifestyles and habits, and find inspiration for adding more healthy activities into their daily lives.

Tips for Using Jigsaw Puzzles for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

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