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Expert Tips for Holidays & Alzheimer’s

Expert Tips for Holidays with Alzheimer’s Family Members

Expert Tips for Holidays with Alzheimer’s Family MembersAs Alzheimer’s Awareness Month comes to a close, we are just beginning the holiday season which is challenging for those with dementia and their family members. Expectations run high and often include an unrealistic picture of having the “perfect” family gatherings. Aiming for an inclusive time with loved ones is a more workable goal. Kerry Mills, an expert …Read more ›

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5 Tips for Handling Holiday Stress

5 Tips for Handling Holiday Stress

When I worked as a psychotherapist in private practice, it was about this time of year that my patients would begin to share how holiday stress was impacting the celebratory season. I saw signs of both anxiety and depression, particularly when their to-do lists became overwhelming. If you or a loved one is feeling the strain already, here are some simple tips for handling holiday stress. …Read more ›

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Glen Campbell Farewell Tour Chronicled on Film

Glen Campbell and Alzheimer's tour

Glen Campbell and Alzheimer's tourBarbra Streisand and Cher have both had theirs, as have many superstar singers, athletes and other notables. The celebrity “farewell tour” or retirement is something we’ve come to expect even though these stars often appear later, resurrecting their careers with a comeback tour. In a touching twist on the farewell tour, singer Glen Campbell used his tour to go public with …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 10/1/14 Recap: Helping Ourselves During Tough Times

Review highlights from this week's discussion about taking care of ourselves and others during tough times.During Wednesday’s live discussion, 56 new and returning participants shared tips and strategies for successful self-care, and the care of others, during tough times in our lives. As caregivers and as caring people, we all face difficult life phases, transitional periods of growth and change, pivotal points in our …Read more ›

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Why We Need Traditions in Assisted Living

We understand why a family has need of traditions, but have we thought about residents in assisted living?We understand why a family has need of traditions, but have we thought about residents in assisted living? How the establishment of traditions in an assisted living community can make a significant difference in the lives of residents, staff and their …Read more ›

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How to… Enjoy Time With Family From Afar

Consider our “how to” tips for spending time with the people you love no matter where you live. The days of grandparents living next door may be over (though multigenerational households are making a comeback), but spending time together with family doesn’t require living in the same zip code.

Besides the incredible benefits of today’s technology for connecting families scattered across the country …Read more ›

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How to… Keep a Loved One’s Memories Alive

fathers FBThe heartbreak that follows the death of a loved one is not easily mended, but after the denial, numbness and shock wears off, perhaps the hardest part of grief is figuring out what comes next. How does one simply get back to the so-called grind after an event that causes such a significant life change as a loved one’s death?

One way to do so: honoring …Read more ›

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Senior Living Marketing: How to Discover a Customer’s Value System

Define your target audience by answering these questions:

  • What are their biggest headaches and concerns?
  • What keeps them up at night?

 

Look at the big picture, and don’t limit this information to just the problems your organization or community can help them solve. For example, when you target women in their fifties (many of whom are family caregivers), they are primarily concerned about aging parents, college-aged children, staying in good shape, eating nutritious foods, travel, …Read more ›

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How to… Spot the Onset of Dementia

Consider these tips to help you spot the early signs and symptoms of dementia in yourself and others.As soon as you forget your keys, the name of that guy you just met, or what you went upstairs for, you worry: Is it Alzheimer’s? Am I in the early stages of dementia?

First of all, here’s how to distinguish between dementia, Alzheimer’s and MCI, or mild …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 2/6/13 Recap Post: Advocating for Quality Care

What being a champion for your senior loved one's care is all about: get the scoop in this recap of our latest #ElderCareChat.This Wednesday, 52 participants (with several new faces among the group) talked about the various settings in which family caregivers and their loved ones find themselves: at the doctor’s office, at home with a home health care provider, in the hospital, in …Read more ›

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