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A Trip to the Emergency Room

A visit to the emergency room can be an upsetting experience for many, and is often especially frightening for a loved one with memory loss. Medical emergencies occur frequently in loved ones with multiple chronic diseases, and are especially likely to occur to those with memory disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease. Fortunately, many illnesses and injuries can be diagnosed and treated in the emergency room and don’t require a hospital stay.

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06/11/2019

Music Therapy for Dementia Care

Staying engaged in meaningful and interesting activities can be challenging after receiving a dementia diagnosis, but as caregivers, it is important for us to help our loved one continue to participate in activities they enjoy. If our loved one likes listening to or playing music, music therapy may be a helpful option. Music therapy can help individuals with dementia with their cognitive and/or physical functioning, while helping them stay connected with others.

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By Sarah Nicolay | 06/11/2019

An older adult enjoying time in the garden

Activities for a Loved One with Dementia: Gardening

Gardening can be a wonderful activity for older adults with Alzheimer's or other memory disorders and their families. According to experts who diagnose and treat memory disorders, gardening activities often have a positive effect on the physical, mental and emotional health of older adults. An afternoon of fresh air and sunshine in the garden can help improve a loved one’s appetite and help them sleep better at night. Watching new plants begin to grow and bloom under their care can also give them a sense of pride, accomplishment and enjoyment at the flowers, fruits and vegetables they were able to grow with our help.

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06/11/2019

A group of older adults working out with hand weights

Bringing Exercise to Dementia Care

As caregivers, it can be challenging to keep a loved one engaged in healthy activities because of a lack of endurance, soreness or general lack of interest. Yet encouraging loved ones to participate in these activities can be important to improving their health and wellness. According to the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association, staying active has numerous benefits for people with dementia.

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By Sarah Nicolay | 06/11/2019

An older adult using the telephone with support from a loved one

5 Tips to Help our Loved Ones with Using Telephones

For many of our loved ones, hearing and vision problems develop over time and create problems when they want to use the telephone. When a loved one has challenges that cause them to avoid using the phone, tension can ensue. We can help our loved ones retain their independence with these tips for addressing the many different challenges that may cause a loved one to stop using the phone.

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06/11/2019