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.
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.
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.
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20 Questions For The Director Of An Assisted Living CommunityThere are many choices when looking for eldercare options for your aging loved one, who can no longer live independently. It is important to define what you are looking for in an assisted living community and how to meet your loved one’s care needs.
Hydration For A Healthy Brain You learn from a young age the importance of drinking enough water every day. Staying hydrated is essential for balancing bodily fluids, cleansing the body of toxins and maintaining bowel function, but for people with Alzheimer’s, water’s effects on the brain may be the most important. A young and healthy brain cannot function properly without enough water, and people with this dementia can suffer even more greatly as a lack of liquids can cause symptoms to worsen. Aegis Living understands how essential it is to avoid dehydration among seniors – each assisted living community takes action with this information by putting initiatives into effect to ensure that residents keep their brains well hydrated. Learn more about keeping seniors hydrated and how Aegis works to promote hydration.
The Many Care Options At Aegis LivingAegis Living communities offer a variety of lifestyle options and levels of care, and care plans evolve with the changing needs of each resident. Along with the many amenities and features to keep seniors happy, healthy and content, Aegis Living has these customizable care options.
Are Anxiety Medications Linked To Alzheimer’s?As the medical community continues to delve further into the field of Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment, scientists and doctors have been proposing new potential causes. A recent study published in September 2014 in BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) found a possible link between Alzheimer’s and sedatives taken by older adults for insomnia and anxiety.
How To Deal With A Parent Who’s Experiencing DementiaIt can be difficult to change your role from child to caregiver. For many individuals, living with a parent who is struggling with dementia can be overwhelming and isolating at first; however, there are several tools available to support you along the way.
A Conversation To Have With Your Mom That Can’t WaitAs my mom blew out the candles on her 90th birthday cake at Aegis Living, she looked up at me and smiled. It was the moment where I finally let my breath out too. We had made it. We had weathered the storm of doubt, guilt, and denial. She was safe in her new assisted living community and I was at peace with our decision.
3 Benefits Of Mental Exercise For SeniorsSeniors who want to stay young can retain their youthfulness by keeping their brain’s neural pathways balanced. Since these senses tend to dull over time, giving the brain a mental workout is just as important as daily physical exercise.