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4 Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Posted by Alyssa Ball on Aug 21, 2018 5:30:00 PM

Being a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer's disease can be tough. On one hand, you are happy and relieved to be able to provide the help that your loved one so desperately needs. But on the other hand, caregiving is a very stressful job that can cause even the strongest individuals to burn out quickly.

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4 Ways to Prevent Your Senior from Wandering

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Sep 26, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Do you have a senior with Alzheimer's in your care who is prone to wandering? It's important to note that six out of 10 individuals with Alzheimer's will wander. However, there are effective strategies you can employ that will make it easier for you to keep track of your senior in a variety of situations.

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A Few Ways to Use Alexa to Boost Senior Memory

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Jun 20, 2017 5:30:00 PM

As we age, our memory begins to fade and it becomes harder to create new short and long-term memories. Whether you're caring for a senior loved one or an aging parent, you're always looking for new ways to help improve their memories. This can include riddles, word puzzles and games that require short-term memory. Amazon has a new product called Echo that comes with a virtual assistant called Alexa. This new gadget can actually help boost your senior's memory. Here are a few ways that Alexa can help a senior boost their memory.

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3 Dementia-Friendly Vacation Spots For Your Loved Ones

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Jun 6, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Dementia is scary. Losing your grip on who, and even where, you are is a challenging thing to deal with. Even if it only happens occasionally, it can still limit the ways in which you live your life. Vacations, in particular, can seem like big risks. However, as the population of seniors grows, more destinations are trying to provide for their needs in order to encourage them to get away from home, and relax.

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How Alexa Can Help You Engage Your Loved One With Dementia

Posted by Ruby Cemental on May 9, 2017 5:30:00 PM

So who exactly is Alexa? In short, she's a personal digital assistant created by Amazon who interacts with users by voice. She's accessible via devices like the Amazon Echo and Dot, and she can answer questions, take memos, play music, and so much more. Because she's easy to access and use by voice, she could be a great means of engaging your loved one with dementia. Here's how.

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Alzheimer's and Agitation: Avoiding the Blame Game

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Feb 7, 2017 5:30:00 PM

When your loved one has Alzheimer's and regularly experiences symptoms of agitation, it can be tempting to play the "blame game." It must be your fault, because you didn't manage those symptoms well enough. On the flip side, you might blame your loved one: why can't they just manage their behavior? If you're struggling with the blame game when dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer's, keep these three things at the forefront of your mind in your dealings with them.

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Can You Take This Cognitive Challenge To Strengthen Your Mind?

Posted by Katie Gilbert on Mar 20, 2015 4:26:33 PM

We have a challenge for you today. What if you gave up joking about your, or your loved one's, poor memory?

It seems common today to make jokes about an older loved one's inability to find their glasses or to locate their morning paper. We assume that developing a bad memory is a natural part of getting older. Maybe you are used to people pointing out that you forgot the actual events of an anecdote or reminding you that it was only last week that you went to the store to get milk when you ask if your family needs more groceries. Yet, these "natural" moments may actually be hurting you. With older adults making up 11.8% of Dayton's population, we want to encourage stronger cognitive health here in Kettering.

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