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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Fall has officially arrived! Unfortunately, so has the start of the cold and flu season. Don’t let a stuffed up nose stop you from enjoying the autumn season with these eight tips for healthy living.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
The third week of September brings the first day of fall! With autumn’s arrival comes the change in weather, anticipation for approaching holidays, and opportunities to enjoy fall activities with family and friends. In the academic calendar, fall also signifies the start of a new school year, a fresh start to get back into a routine as we wave goodbye to the warm summer weather.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
We are taught from an early age not to lie to our parents, but when faced with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, fiblets can be a necessary strategy to keep them safe and calm.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
As we age, our nutritional and physical needs begin to shift. Foods we ate when we were younger may not be what our bodies require or crave later on. With Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, there are already a variety of health concerns to be aware of, but leading a healthy lifestyle can ease your day-to-day routines.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Downsizing does not have to be stressful, regardless of whether you are relocating to a smaller home, moving in with family, or choosing senior assisted living. When welcoming new residents to Willow River, here are our tips to make downsizing as stress-free as possible.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
When your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, timing is everything. Transitioning them to a memory care facility can involve lots of change for the entire family. The more prepared and aligned you and your loved ones are in advance, the easier the transition will be.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Food influences people in extraordinary ways. It is often the connector between strong memories and meaningful experiences. Creating food and sharing it with loved ones is a familiar ritual that many individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia find comfort in. Food can help you nurture your relationship with a loved one in the present or assist them in remembering a past experience.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Stretching is important for strength, flexibility, and mobility. No matter your age, adding regular stretch exercises to your daily routine is a healthy choice to keep muscles limber so that you and your loved ones can continue to stay as active as possible.
Friday, May 28, 2021
As we age, it is critical to have an accurate, up-to-date medical history when memory begins to fail. Above all, it makes the process easier for family caregivers taking turns escorting their loved ones with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia to medical appointments.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Single-minded tasks are a great way to assist your loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease as they tackle day-to-day activities. Though the tasks may take longer to complete, your loved one may respond positively to having a sense of control in familiar situations. Take some time to adapt the activities they previously enjoyed, alone or with others, to their individual level of capacity.
Friday, April 30, 2021
A diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can be hard to accept, both for the diagnosed individual and for their family members. Denial is a normal coping mechanism in the face of change, but acceptance can help get everyone on the same page and work together to help their loved one enjoy the best quality of life for as long as possible.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Engaging in conversation with a loved one experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease can present new and unfamiliar challenges. Whether you are visiting in-person, talking on the phone, or video chatting, staying connected and communicating clearly is an important aspect of your relationship.
Friday, March 26, 2021
Faith communities can help you navigate grief and loss, especially when experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease personally, or caring for a loved one with memory issues. Whether you practice a religion or not, your individual faith can be a driving force to keep your mind and body strong during challenging times. Faith communities offer a variety of different benefits for individuals or families to connect with others experiencing similar issues.
Friday, March 12, 2021
April is National Gardening Month, signalling the start of sunnier days, warmer weather, and new opportunities to get outside. Gardening, whether indoors or out, is a rewarding endeavor that not only encourages physical activity and motor function, but provides an opportunity to connect socially, especially for those living with memory impairment.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Following the holiday season, many people, from children to senior citizens, describe feeling “blue” or “flat.” The post-holiday lull is incredibly common as family visits and celebrations come to an end. Occasionally however, these blue feelings can be the result of something more serious: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Friday, February 12, 2021
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease bring a lot of changes and confusion both for those diagnosed and for their family caregivers. While adjusting to this new reality, caregivers may feel disconnected from their loved one experiencing memory issues. There are many small steps you can take to show your love during this time of uncertainty. Here are three tips for creating a comfortable and loving atmosphere while you both come to terms with the changes that dementia and Alzheimer’s disease bring.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Memories with strong positive emotional influences, such as with a family pet, may be retained more strongly than others. Here are some strategies for using this pet connection to create better days and more meaningful visits.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
The level of grief associated with memory loss, both for the person with the impairment and for the caregivers, can be unexpected. These complicated feelings are valid and should be acknowledged in order to heal. Here are four strategies for coping with the grief associated with a memory impairment diagnosis.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Family caregivers often balance many roles and responsibilities when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Managing stress effectively can allow you to focus more fully on your relationship with your loved one.
Friday, December 11, 2020
Here are some of the key reasons why moving into a Senior Living community during COVID-19 may actually be the right option.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Family traditions can be sacred rituals around the holiday season. When a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia starts to forget those traditions it may be time to downsize and focus on the ones that really matter. Here are six tips to create an atmosphere of joy for the entire family.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Holidays with the family may look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still find rewarding ways to share the season with loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be challenging in a variety of ways, but regular visits can nurture your relationship and improve their mood. By planning ahead and following these strategies, you can create more positive and rewarding visits. Here are a few key tips to ensure positive and enjoyable visits.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
If your loved one has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia or is showing signs of memory loss that may go beyond normal aging, it’s time to start considering memory care. It can be tempting to try to provide care yourself, but memory care communities offer significant advantages. Families can focus on quality time instead […]
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other memory problems at home can be challenging. Deciding when to look into memory care is unique to every individual and family, but there are 5 main signs to look for to know when it might be the right time for professional memory care. Daily schedules […]