How to Create a Dementia-Friendly Garden

Gardening is an excellent form of both exercise and sensory stimulation for the elderly. This is especially true for those who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, since gardening keeps the brain active, helps create a routine, stimulates the mind and senses, and provides a feeling of purpose. In fact, studies have found that gardening can…

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Ways to Create a Dementia-Friendly Environment at Home

Everyday life can be very challenging for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. As the disease progresses, older adults begin to have even more trouble with mental issues such as remembering, reasoning, thinking, and processing. While there’s not much caregivers can do to slow the progression of the disease, they can make simple adaptations at…

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Therapeutic Fibbing

The brain damage experienced by dementia and Alzheimer’s patients causes a progressive decline in their ability to understand and process information – creating in essence a different version of reality in which they live. Forcing them to abandon their version of reality to join the “real world” can cause them tremendous pain, confusion, fear, anxiety,…

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How to Manage Snow Removal for Seniors

This winter we’ve seen more snowfall here in New England than we have over the last few years. For school-age children, skiers, and snow lovers, this is good news – but for the rest of us, snowstorms can tend to produce more hassles than fun. While snow shoveling isn’t enjoyable, it’s often unavoidable – and…

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How to Talk to Your Parents about Getting In-Home Care

If you happen to visit your aging parents over the holidays, you may notice a considerable decline in their capabilities and realize that it might be time to bring in some at-home care. This could be a very sensitive topic for them, however, so it is important to approach the conversation in the right manner,…

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How to Talk with Aging Parents About Their Financial Affairs

‘Tis the season to see family members that you may not be around the rest of the year. If your aging parents live out of state and the holidays are the only time of year you see them, you may realize this year that the time has come to have some potentially difficult conversations. Arguably,…

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Why is There a Caregiver Shortage?

While it has become noticeably more difficult to find qualified caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, this current shortage pales in comparison to the looming caregiver crisis facing America over the next decade. Any crisis usually has multiple and complex causes and explanations, but in this case, the number one reason behind the increasing lack of…

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Learn Pragmatic Strategies for Managing the Care of Adults with Dementia

The Cape Cod Alzheimer’s Family Support Center (AFSC) is offering their annual free conference for Alzheimer’s/dementia professionals and caregivers this Friday, August 20, 2021 from 8:30am to 4:30pm via live videoconference. This year’s John Levin Memorial Conference is titled, “Getting to Yes: A Pragmatic Approach to Dementia Care with Teepa Snow.” Nationally-known dementia care specialist…

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Body Heat Regulation in the Elderly

July and August bring on what are known as the “dog days of summer” – hot, muggy, sunny days that can cause lethargy and exhaustion. Extreme temperatures that make the rest of us seek out the nearest beach or pool can have much more dire consequences for the elderly due to their increasing trouble with…

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