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Tips on Therapeutic Reminiscing and Storytelling with Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s

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Therapeutic Reminiscing: The Value of Storytelling for Those with Alzheimer’s

It might seem contradictory to think about reminiscing as a reputable treatment for memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. While it’s true that Alzheimer’s can take away a person’s ability to remember newly learned information and even personal details, often times their long-term memories remain intact. Families of individuals with […]

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Tips for Making Important Conversations with Loved Ones Productive

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How to Make Important Conversations with Loved Ones Productive

Conversations about topics like bringing in a caregiver to help seniors around the house or discussing moving into a senior care community are equally important and difficult. Family caregivers might not know how to approach this conversation or ignore it entirely because they don’t want to hurt their loved one’s feelings. However, these conversations have […]

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Caregiving Tips: Helping a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Cope with Changing Environments

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Changing Environments & Alzheimer’s: How to Help a Loved One Cope with the Challenges

For those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, people and places that were once familiar and comfortable can become strange and confusing as the disease progresses. Changes to their environment, such as receiving houseguests, traveling, going to the doctor or moving to a new home can trigger difficult emotions and challenging behaviors. Ruth Cantillon, Director of […]

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Tips on Nonverbal Communication Techniques to Connect with Your Loved One

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Nonverbal Communication: The Art of Connecting with Your Loved One

For loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia or neurological conditions, the ability to communicate slowly disappears. In the case of Alzheimer’s, a loved one will have trouble finding the right words, repeat themselves and eventually won’t be able to speak or understand what others say. In order to connect with their […]

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Tips for Understanding Early-Stage Alzheimer’s

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Beginning Basics: Understanding Early-Stage Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia, affects more than five million senior adults in the United States alone. However, few fully understand the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s until it hits close to home. Once a loved one has been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s, it’s time to start learning everything you can about memory loss. […]

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Tips for Families of Aging Loved Ones: How to Know It’s Time for Assisted Living

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How to Know When It’s Time to Consider Assisted Living: 5 Signs for Families

Sometimes, a sudden illness, injury or the onset of a chronic condition makes moving to an assisted living community necessary. However, in many cases, older loved ones experience the symptoms of aging slowly and gradually, making it difficult for their families to know when it’s time to start considering the transition to assisted living. “Usually, […]

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Tips for Overcoming the Challenges of Caring for a Spouse

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Overcoming the Challenging Dynamics of Caring for a Spouse

When a spouse or partner has a long-term illness or is diagnosed with a chronic disease, the dynamics within your home can change dramatically. Suddenly, you must navigate the transition from the role of a partner into the unfamiliar territory of being a caregiver. “Caring for a spouse with a chronic illness or progressive disease […]

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Tips on Paying for Senior Living: Legal Considerations

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Paying for Senior Living: Legal Considerations

For those planning on making the move to an assisted living community, how to pay for the necessary care is often their biggest concern. Fortunately, it pays to understand the legal resources available to seniors who require assisted living and long-term care. Ruth Cantillon, Director of Sales and Marketing at Osprey Lodge in Tavares, FL, […]

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Tips on Respite Stays: Understanding the Importance of Caring for the Caregiver

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Respite Stays: Understanding the Importance of Caring for the Caregiver

If you are caring full-time for an aging loved one, then you know that while your role can be rewarding, it can also take some serious tolls on your physical and emotional health. The stress and responsibilities of caregiving build up over time and can lead to burnout, depression, hypertension and other health problems. This […]

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Tips on Managing Tough Conversations with Aging Loved Ones

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Managing Tough Conversations with Aging Loved Ones

Broaching a sensitive topic with someone that you care about is never easy. If you have an aging parent or loved one who’s experiencing difficulties as they get older, tough conversations are almost inevitable. Whether your loved one has trouble driving or handling finances, suffers from poor health or would benefit from an assisted living […]

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