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How to Choose the Best Nursing Home for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s

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Choose the Best Nursing HomeIt’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the options available in Alzheimer’s care. Where can you turn for help to make the best choice for your loved one?

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Should You Visit Your Loved One Every Day?

Should You Visit Your Loved One Every Day-

Should You Visit Your Loved One Every Day-When your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, visits to a care facility can be a challenge, and typical visiting rules won’t always apply. You don’t want to leave her alone, but what can you do if she becomes agitated by your presence?

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Why Many Senior Living Residents Are “Blossoming”

Why Many Senior Living Residents Are "Blossoming"

Why Many Senior Living Residents Are "Blossoming"“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” –Audrey Hepburn

More and more senior living communities are finding that quote to ring true as their residents “blossom,” thanks to unique gardening programs that foster friendship, cultivate confidence, and provide purpose.

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#ElderCareChat 2/22/17: A Hopeful Discussion About Alzheimer’s Research and Care

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ElderCareChat 2/22/17THE NEXT #ELDERCARECHAT WILL BE HELD ON 3/22/17–SAVE THE DATE!

After a brief hiatus, #ElderCareChat returned on February 22, 2017 with an important—and hopeful—focus on Alzheimer’s research and care. Founders OurParents.com, along with sister sites SeniorAdvisor.com and VeteranAid.org, were proud to host guest panelist Dr. Nina Silverberg, the National Institute on Aging’s Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program. (Click to Tweet!)

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#ElderCareChat Returns February 22 to Discuss Alzheimer’s Research with NIH’s ADEAR Center

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#ElderCareChat, a real-time forum for sharing experiences and expertise in eldercare, is back!
Follow @OurParents and @ElderCareChat on Twitter to join the conversation.

And what better organization to relaunch this popular chat with founder @OurParents than the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center (@Alzheimers_NIH)? Our guest panelist, Dr. Nina Silverberg, the National Institute on Aging’s Director of the …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 10/19/16: The Power of Soft Therapies

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shutterstock_431933122This week, 32 participants engaged in an inspiring conversation about the power of “soft” therapies (art, music, laughter, reminiscence, storytelling, and more). From connecting caregivers and seniors to producing joy, the benefits of such therapeutic interventions are undeniable.

We were pleased to welcome Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC, as our guest expert for this discussion. Rachelle is the founder of Soundscaping Source, where her mission is to bring meaningful music experiences to older adults …Read more ›

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How to Select a Nursing Home in a Crisis

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nursing homeWhat do you do when your parents are in sudden need of a dramatic increase in care?

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A Timeline of Dementia: What to Know for Each Stage

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dementia stages timelineThough every type of dementia is different and every person who has dementia is different, understanding the basic stages can make a tremendous difference in the life of the senior, says Kim Warchol, president of Dementia Care Specialists, a specialized offering of the Crisis Prevention Institute. “Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias tend to progress through predictable stages,” she explains. “When …Read more ›

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Music Therapy Activities for Adults

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music therapy activities for adultsMy grandmother has dementia, and though she can no longer remember her loved ones, she perks up whenever she hears music playing.

I have a similar kind of music memory – I can’t remember the details of a conversation I had last week, but I can still recite every word of “Parents Just Don’t Understand” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and …Read more ›

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The Benefits of Art Therapy for Seniors

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art therapy for seniorsThe arts are well known for their life-giving, soul-restoring, undeniably therapeutic effects for people of all ages. That’s why the findings of the landmark “Creativity and Aging Study” should come as no surprise – that professionally conducted arts programs have a significant impact on the well-being of older adults.

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