What Makes Memory Care Desirable?

Steve Moran, senior housing expert, says the love affair with memory care feels like a gold rush. Perhaps it’s the rapidly rising dementia rates, perhaps it’s the media’s negative portrayals of assisted living and nursing homes, perhaps ...

 
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Some Cognitive Decline is Normal As We Age

I’ve noticed lately that I’m working much harder to remember names and frequently forgetting what I walked into a room to retrieve. The topper was recently finding the dog’s shampoo in the refrigerator! So it was with ...

 
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The Future of Memory Care

Brookdale Senior Living’s national Director of Dementia Care & Programs explains how memory care is provided today -- and what to expect for the future -- in terms of food. In the July/August issue of Senior Living Executive ...

 
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Play an Instrument, Enhance Brain Functioning

The benefits of listening to music as we age are well-documented – music evokes emotion, helps us engage with our environment, and can also get us moving! If you haven’t witnessed the joy music can bring to even the eldest ...

 
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Memory Care: A Billion Dollar Business

This week, the Alzheimer’s Association released their 2013 Facts & Figures Report. The numbers are unsettling:

Someone develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds.
There are more than 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, providing over 17 billion hours of unpaid care, valued ...

 
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How to… Keep a Loved One’s Memories Alive

The heartbreak that follows the death of a loved one is not easily mended, but after the denial, numbness and shock wears off, perhaps the hardest part of grief is figuring out what comes next. How does one simply get ...

 
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Seniors Are Losing Sleep — and Memory

A good night’s sleep may be hard to come by, but if you don’t get enough Zzzzs, you’re risking more than your physical health. Cognitive function suffers as a result of sleep deprivation, says this new Huff/...

 
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Visiting in Alzheimer’s Care? Bring Your iPad

Better yet, buy an iPad or tablet for your friend or relative, because according to this blog post from A Place for Mom, there are 9 good reasons to do so.

Visiting someone in an Alzheimer’s care community can be ...

 
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Alzheimer’s Caregivers Should Keep the Environment Clutter-Free

“Minimizing the degree of perceptual interference improved patients’ object perception,” said researcher Rachel Newsome in this recent PsychCentral.com news article on a Georgia Tech and University of Toronto study on Alzheimer’s.

In other words, clear the clutter.

Caregivers ...

 
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9/11 Memorials: Ways to Remember That Historic Day

September 11, 2001: a day in history we would rather forget, but will always remember. The day is considerably more haunting, more emotional for those who assisted in the rescue and recovery efforts, or lost friends, colleagues, and family members (some may ...

 
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