How Daily Routines Help Dementia & Alzheimer’s Patients

Woman Holding Small Dog

Alzheimer’s or another form of a dementia diagnosis can be devastating, with uncertainty about you or your loved one’s future. Whether it’s the fear of the unknown, worry about the loss of independence, or concern with how much control one may have going forward — there are ways to help and make life easier for someone struggling with any form

Read More

When Is It Time to Move a Parent Into Assisted Living?

Man Helping Elderly man With a Walker

One of the hardest decisions we will ever make is deciding if, and when, moving to a senior community (assisted living or nursing home) is necessary. This is especially true when we are making this decision for our parents or loved ones. Not so long ago, the term ‘nursing home’ was synonymous with ‘old folks’ home’. It triggered fears of abuse, neglect,

Read More

Managing Sleep Issues for Your Aging Parent

A good night’s sleep helps our memory, immune system, and energy levels. As people age, sleeping patterns fluctuate. Regular changes include falling asleep and waking up earlier and experiencing less deep sleep. However, many aging adults also experience abnormal sleep patterns which can interfere with their quality of life. Sleep issues are often frustrating and exhausting, and if your loved

Read More

Dementia: Understanding the Importance of Senior Sensory Stimulation

The five senses of smell, taste, hearing, seeing, and touching are how we experience the world. While our senses help us navigate our surroundings, we sometimes take them for granted. However, as we all age, our senses slowly deteriorate and shift, making it even more essential to find stimulating activities to enjoy. Senior sensory stimulation is one of the best

Read More

Ways to Identify & Prevent Elder Financial Abuse

Losing money to scams and fraud is disheartening for anyone. Unfortunately, millions of aging adults experience financial abuse each year. This exploitation strips aging adults of their dignity, trust, and independence, so it’s important for family members to help when they can.  Often, elder financial abuse can slip under the radar. People often focus on managing finances before retirement, but

Read More

How to Communicate with Someone with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most common types of dementia, affects people’s memories and communication abilities, and unfortunately, thousands of people in the United States are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every year. Because of this, many people are left to figure out how to communicate with their loved ones as their symptoms develop. Thankfully, there are helpful strategies that family members

Read More

5 Tips to Help Your Aging Parent with Finances

Mother and Daughter Looking at Paperwork

Managing finances can become more difficult as we age, which is why our parents and other loved ones may eventually need a helping hand. This conversation requires both a gentle approach and a plan. When helping or taking over your aging loved ones’ finances, the goal is all about avoiding any potential issues. Whether it’s tackling bills, protecting them from

Read More

The Therapeutic Benefits of a Pet Companion

Dog Sitting Next to Senior

As your loved ones age, there are many things to consider. Is it time for them to join an independent or assisted living community? Where does your loved one find socialization and community? How can you help them improve their life?  You may be surprised at one of the most common things that gets prescribed for aging parents: animals. Aging

Read More

How to Provide a Supportive Living Space for Those with Alzheimer’s

Woman Sitting in a Chair Looking out a Window

Families who are caring for a loved one who is developing Alzheimer’s disease often pursue a transition into a memory care community. There are many details caregivers must consider when preparing a loved one’s home environment, ensuring it’s supportive and safe for this new way of life. Over time, as Alzheimer’s progresses, a senior’s cognitive abilities decline, which is why

Read More