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Understanding the Various Forms of Dementia

Understanding the Various Forms of Dementia

“Many people use the terms dementia and Alzheimer's disease interchangeably, which can lead to some confusion,” says Reshma Nair, Executive Director of Bridges® by EPOCH at Andover, a memory care assisted living community in Andover, MA. “Alzheimer’s ...
Advice by Alicia: Dementia and UTIs

Advice by Alicia: Dementia and UTIs

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 ...
Managing First-Time Caregiving Expectations

Managing First-Time Caregiving Expectations

When you become a caregiver – especially for the first time – it’s essential to manage your expectations of the situation, says Cindy Wirth, Executive Director of Bridges® by EPOCH at Sudbury, a memory care assisted living community in Sudbury, ...
Your Full-Time Caregiving Journey Is Over. What Now?

Your Full-Time Caregiving Journey Is Over. What Now?

It’s finally here – the day your loved one moves into a memory care community. You’ve done the research, made the hard choices and are ready for your loved one to receive the caring, compassionate assistance he or she needs. It’s a relief, yes. But ...
Living Your Best Life While Caregiving

Living Your Best Life While Caregiving

It’s easy to lose yourself in the day-to-day tasks of caregiving, literally taking it “one day at a time.” But don’t lose sight of the fact that, as you’re helping your loved one live their best life, you also deserve to live your best ...
Guide to Becoming a More Self-Confident Caregiver

Guide to Becoming a More Self-Confident Caregiver

“Most family caregivers don’t plan to become caregivers – it usually just happens,” says John Moniz, Executive Director of Bridges® by EPOCH at Hingham. “This is a wonderful and selfless gesture, but it also can be very discombobulating. Since ...
What Is Aphasia and How Do You Deal with It?

What Is Aphasia and How Do You Deal with It?

Since dementia is a disease that affects the brain, it causes a wide variety of symptoms – memory loss being just one of them. Depending on the type of dementia your loved one has, you may find yourself dealing with surprising symptoms like ...
Staying Healthy as a Caregiver Spouse

Staying Healthy as a Caregiver Spouse

Being a caregiver is an all-encompassing role that can seemingly take over your life. This is especially true if you’re a spousal caregiver. Taking care of your spouse “in sickness and in health” is natural, but it’s important to make sure you’re taking ...
5 Benefits of Talking with Other Caregivers

5 Benefits of Talking with Other Caregivers

Being a caregiver can be an isolating experience. Besides the day-in, day-out routine that seems to take up all of your waking hours, you also find yourself in a situation where other people don’t really “get” what it’s like for you. Fortunately, even if ...
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