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Eight Things to Know About Cognitive Decline

Eight Things to Know About Cognitive Decline

Having a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia is a daunting prospect for many. All of a sudden, the future is unknown and scary. You may feel sad, angry, anxious, unsure or something else entirely. Fortunately, a ...
How Music Sparks Memories and Boosts Mental Engagement

How Music Sparks Memories and Boosts Mental Engagement

Music has the power to transport us to another place and time, and it conjures up memories and emotions that can make us feel relaxed and calm. Music therapy has been used for some time to help people deal with certain emotions, reduce stress or convey ...
Managing Mental Health for Caregivers

Managing Mental Health for Caregivers

We talk a lot about the effect that Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other memory-related illnesses have on the seniors who have it, but it’s easy to forget about the friends and family around them who are affected as well. Caregivers, especially, carry ...
5 Caregiver Tips When Making Tough Care Decisions

5 Caregiver Tips When Making Tough Care Decisions

Being a caregiver for a loved one with dementia requires making many decisions. There are the mundane ones that happen every day – what should I make for dinner? What activity should we do this afternoon? – to the larger, serious and tough decisions ...
The Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

The Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

Alicia Seaver is the Vice President of Memory Care Operations for EPOCH Senior Living and a Certified Memory Impairment Specialist. Every month, she addresses a specific issue related to memory and memory care. If you’re interested in hearing about a ...
How To Keep Your Caregiving “Battery” Fully Charged

How To Keep Your Caregiving “Battery” Fully Charged

Ever feel like your batteries are just running on empty? It’s not uncommon to feel worn out after a hard day’s work. But when you’re a caregiver, that hard day’s work stretches into weeks, months and sometimes even years. That means that it’s very easy ...
Your Guide to Beginner Caregiver Stress Relief Practices

Your Guide to Beginner Caregiver Stress Relief Practices

“Relieving stress is an essential part of being a caregiver, especially for someone who has a life-changing disease like dementia,” says Michelle Pelham, Executive Director at Bridges® by EPOCH at Nashua, a Memory Care Assisted Living community in ...
Humor and Caregiving: Laughing for Your Health

Humor and Caregiving: Laughing for Your Health

How many times a day do you find yourself laughing, chuckling, giggling – even snorting? Humor is a fact of life, and many of us do get the opportunity to laugh and de-stress throughout the day. But if you’re a caregiver to someone with dementia, you may ...
Advance Care Planning 101

Advance Care Planning 101

Advance care planning is something most of us don’t think about when we’re young and healthy. However, it’s something that’s not just for older people. No matter how old you are, a medical crisis could leave you in a state where you’re too ill to make ...
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