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How to Make a Memory Box for a Loved One with Dementia

How to Make a Memory Box for a Loved One with Dementia

Individuals with dementia may not be able to remember what happened yesterday or even five minutes ago, but they can remember their past with surprising clarity. Building a memory box for your loved one is a great way to engage the memories from their ...
What to Do if You’re Diagnosed with Early Memory Loss

What to Do if You’re Diagnosed with Early Memory Loss

You and your family have noticed things that aren’t quite right. You’ve been overly forgetful, and having difficulty finding the right words to say what you want to say. You’re having a hard time with tasks that used to be no big deal. Your personality ...
Memory Care Myths Debunked by Bridges®

Memory Care Myths Debunked by Bridges®

The idea of putting a loved one in a memory care community can feel overwhelming for many family members (and the individual, too). You may have even promised your loved one that you would never do such a thing. Alicia Seaver, Vice President of Memory ...
10 Ways the Bridges® Way Enhances Joy, Purpose and Peace

10 Ways the Bridges® Way Enhances Joy, Purpose and Peace

Bridges® by EPOCH communities have been developed from the ground up to help enhance the quality of life for individuals with dementia and their families. But what does that really mean? How does the Bridges® way provide an environment that anticipates, ...
Alzheimer’s or Dementia: Which Is It?

Alzheimer’s or Dementia: Which Is It?

“The terms ‘dementia’ and ‘Alzheimer’s’ are often used interchangeably, which is a bit like calling all automobiles Fords,” says Addie Ricci, Executive Director at Bridges® by EPOCH at Norwalk, located in Norwalk, CT. “Alzheimer’s disease is a form of ...
The Correlation Between Dementia and Risk of Home Falls

The Correlation Between Dementia and Risk of Home Falls

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls and fall-related issues are the leading cause of fatal injury and most common cause of hospital-related admissions among seniors. One in four seniors falls each year, and every 11 ...
Your Loved One Has Dementia. Now What?

Your Loved One Has Dementia. Now What?

Lately, you’ve noticed Mom or Dad has been acting differently. They’re forgetting how to do things they once knew instinctively. They’re acting unpredictably, sometimes getting angry for no apparent reason. Something is just “off,” and it’s not getting ...
Coordinating Care When Both Parents Need Support

Coordinating Care When Both Parents Need Support

The idea of “growing old together” is very romantic, and certainly something that most couples hope for. However, the reality can be a little less romantic, especially when both individuals need support as they age. Often, the responsibility falls to the ...
Advice by Alicia: Sundowning and the Changing of Seasons

Advice by Alicia: Sundowning and the Changing of Seasons

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 the Different Stages of Dementia Make a Difference

How the Different Stages of Dementia Make a Difference

Dementia is a progressive disease, and as such, the care plan for an individual with dementia will look very different from the early stage to the late stages. This progression also affects planning for the future in different ways, says Erica Labb, ...
How to Coordinate a Quality Caregiving Team

How to Coordinate a Quality Caregiving Team

It takes a village to raise a child, so they say, and it takes a large group to care for someone with dementia. It’s definitely not something that you as a family caregiver can do alone – and you shouldn’t have to, says Barbara Harrison, Executive ...
Progression of Dementia Decline: Why Does It Vary?

Progression of Dementia Decline: Why Does It Vary?

Most people understand that dementia is a progressive disease that usually starts with memory loss and progresses to the loss of other abilities. But no two people experience dementia in the same way. While it’s a progressive disease, people with ...
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