The Benefits of Respite CareWhen someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it is generally a close family member, such as the husband, wife or child, who steps in to take responsibility for the care and well-being of the senior.
Wandering Woes: Preventative Tips to Securing Your Home
The Story of Dwayne Clark, Aegis Living FounderAegis Living is a leader in the world of assisted living, thanks to decades of dedication to providing seniors with comfort, security and memory care. While it stands at the forefront of senior care today, Aegis has humble beginnings that date to 1997, when Dwayne J. Clark, now chief executive officer, set out to challenge the subpar standards of senior care.
The Power of a PetMany people feel that a house isn’t really a “home” without a four-legged, furry friend. Companionship of a pet has been shown to build self-esteem in the elderly, increase cognitive alertness, and lift the spirits of people with Alzheimer’s. Often times, an animal can reach a person in a way that other people cannot.
What You Need To Know About Veteran And Spouse BenefitsAegis deeply appreciates our veterans – we have had a member of the original Band of Brothers with us, as well as many men and women service members in each of our communities...
4 Ways to Support a Couple with DementiaThe spouse of someone with dementia is experiencing not only the pressure of caring for a loved one, but also their own personal loss and sadness as their loved one slips away. This profound change in their marriage and relationship can be difficult beyond words and overwhelming for the couple. Many caregiving spouses don’t ask for the help that they desperately need. Here are some ideas on how you can provide support for a couple with dementia.
Five Helpful Tips to Downsize and Move Your Loved OneDo your parents still live in the home where you grew up? Are there notches on the door frame that mark your growth as a child? Is there a spot in the backyard where you buried your first goldfish? Do you know where everyone sits at a holiday dinner? Does the kitchen smell of mom’s cookies? And do the worn tools in the garage fit your father’s hands perfectly? Here are some tips for making the move a little easier. If you feel this many emotions toward your childhood home, how do you think your aging loved one may feel? For a senior, who can no longer live independently, a move can be very challenging. You need to be sensitive. Understand that physical, emotional, and cognitive changes can affect their ability to participate in a move.
Caregiver’s Guide to CommunicationIf you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, it is important to take the time to learn how to communicate effectively with them. Improving your communication skills can decrease the stress of caregiving. It can improve your relationship with your loved one and later be beneficial if difficult behaviors develop.
The Powerful Impact of Music on Memory CareAs you search for the best community for your loved one who requires senior living or Alzheimer’s care, be sure to seek out memory care. Memory care involves many techniques that can keep your loved one happier and healthier. Even when our cognitive faculties begin to go, we retain the ability to feel joy – and we often can get that experience from music. Music can help people living with dementia access memories, emotions and connections that are difficult for them to grasp otherwise.
Planning Your Own Long-Term CareAs you locate the assisted living community that will best suit your parents, you may be thinking about your own senior years and how you will handle your own personal needs then. While it is difficult to say precisely what you will need in terms of care and support, you could benefit from determining now what your wishes for long-term care may be in the future. Here are a few tips to consider when you are thinking about your choices:
Top Tips for Touring an Assisted Living CommunityWhen walking into an assisted living community for the first time, you may be overwhelmed. It can be a mix of emotions and concerns. By staying focused and knowing what to look for, your decision-making process may be easier and more helpful to find the perfect fit for your loved one.
Staying Hydrated During Hot Summer Months Crucial For SeniorsAegis Living Offers Nutritious, Refreshing Way to Maintain Brain Health