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Repeating Questions: 5 Ways to Respond to a Loved One With Alzheimer’s

When a loved one with Alzheimer’s begins repeating questions, it can be really hard to know how to respond. Do you remind them that they already heard the answer? Should you change the subject? If the answer to the question is a painful one, should you answer honestly or not? If you’re a caregiver, close…

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Including Loved Ones with Dementia in Family Events

June is here and that means weddings, graduations, commencements and a host of other happy events. If you have loved ones with dementia, though, the excitement can be mixed with a lot of apprehension. How can we successfully include them in all the excitement? Unfortunately, there are no easy answers. Alzheimer’s and dementia present differently…

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Occupational Therapy for Dementia: Can It Help?

When most people think of occupational therapy (OT), they usually associate it with either children or stroke survivors. In recent years, though, occupational therapy for dementia patients has been gaining a lot of traction. And with good reason. Occupational therapists can make a huge difference in the quality of life for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s…

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Why Art Therapy for Seniors is Worth a Try

In recent years, retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and places of worship across the country have begun to offer art therapy for seniors. If you’re in that age bracket and you’re reading this, though, you might be thinking that the last thing you need right now is another kind of therapy. What can art…

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5 Games for Memory Skills

As we grow older, memory skills and cognitive functioning become real issues. While speech therapy and occupational therapy are crucial, there’s something you can do between sessions to keep your brain active. It’s fun and you can do it either by yourself or with someone else, whether you live at home or in a retirement…

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11 Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Seniors with dementia tend to withdraw from their loved ones and the things they used to love. But studies show staying engaged in life can help reduce the effects of dementia and improve quality of life. Here at Bridgeway’s outstanding memory care unit, we know how important it is to keep seniors with dementia active.…

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When You Need to Parent Your Parent

You’ll feel a range of emotions when your elderly parents become dependent on you. Compassion, concern, resentment, and guilt chase each other in a never-ending cycle as you do your best for the man or woman who brought you into this world and raised you. Many adults who care for their elderly parents feel they’ve…

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Memory Care Provides Comfort and Safety to Alzheimer’s Patients

In honor of Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Health Awareness Month, we at Bridgeway Senior Living would like to raise awareness about a little-known type of long-term care. We’re talking about memory care; specialized skilled nursing care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Dementia Patients Require Different Care Seniors with dementia may be able to…

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4 Secrets of With-it Seniors

Aging is an inevitable part of life. In fact, the only way to avoid it is to die young. Society tends to view aging and the deterioration of the body with fear, but it’s time to embrace and celebrate our aging. That’s the theme of Older Americans Month, coming to an end next week. Older…

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5 Warning Signs Your Parents Can’t Live Alone Anymore

With all the talk about National Skilled Nursing Care, you might be wondering how to know when it’s time for the transition to a long-term care facility. If your parents live alone, you probably worry about them constantly. You visit them and make sure they have what they need, but it’s nerve-wracking to know they’re…

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