Alzheimer's

Having “The Talk” About Dementia and Driving

Having “The Talk” About Dementia and Driving

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, his or her personal safety becomes a top priority for family members. And according to the Family Caregiver Alliance, “One of the greatest concerns that families and caregivers face is whether or not that person should drive.” 

5 Ways Caregivers Can Avoid Guilt When Using Respite Care

Today, caregiver guilt is a common theme for many individuals who devote themselves to caring for a loved one in need. Caregiver guilt can manifest itself in different ways, but typically comes from a common source – the feeling that you are not doing enough to care for your loved one or you are not doing it well enough. 

How Often Should You Visit an Aging Parent in Memory Care?

Two younger women kissing an older woman on the cheek

Not surprisingly, adult children with aging parents in memory care frequently have anxiety and questions about visiting their loved ones. Common concerns include: Will mom/dad even know who I am? What should I say? Do my visits have any value? How often should I visit mom/dad in memory care?

Coordinating a Caregiving Team for Your Loved One Needing Memory Care

Coordinating a Caregiving Team for Your Loved One Needing Memory Care

“If you’ve assumed the role of primary caregiver for a loved one requiring memory care, it is very important that you begin organizing a caregiver support team as soon as possible,” says Susan Irrgang, Executive Director of Saunders House, located in Wynnewood, PA.

Memory care authorities explain that providing daily memory care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia can be extremely taxing on your physical, emotional and spiritual health – even to the point of causing exhaustion and ‘burnout.’

Your Memory Care Guide to Making Visits Meaningful with Someone with Alzheimer’s

Your Memory Care Guide to Making Visits Meaningful with Someone with Alzheimer’s

“When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of memory impairment, family members and friends often don’t know what to do,” says Margie Hennessey, Admissions Director of the newly renovated Saunders House, located in Wynnewood, PA.

Tips for Holiday Storytelling and Reminiscing

Storytelling and Reminiscing with Family for the Holidays

Storytelling

The holidays can be a tough time for families who have a loved one with memory loss. When families gather, it’s hard not to start conversations with “Remember when…” and everyone chimes in on the memory. Relatives with memory loss might not be able to recall those times and can’t participate in the conversation, feeling left out, isolated and sad. However, there are still ways to reminisce about the past that includes the entire family. 

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