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Common Questions About Memory Care Answered by ECH’s Care Team Manager, Paula Cates

When considering memory care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s normal to have a lot of questions. Fortunately, our staff is always available to address your queries and go over your options. Below, our care team manager, Paula Cates, answers several of the questions she regularly receives from caregivers and families.

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Tips for Understanding and Managing Difficult Dementia Behaviors

Caregiver life can be wonderfully meaningful and fulfilling. But this doesn’t mean it’s not without its share of difficulties. The key to managing these challenges? Understanding them. Here’s a closer look at common dementia behaviors, their causes, and coping mechanisms for caregivers.

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Tips for Traveling With a Parent or Spouse Who Has Alzheimer’s

The weather is warming up, which means summer vacation will be here before we know it. Whether you plan on hitting the road or flying the friendly skies, traveling with a parent or spouse who has Alzheimer’s or dementia can pose unique challenges. That doesn’t mean your traveling days are over, though. Taking trips can be a healthy way for your loved one to stay engaged and connected with the world around them.

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The ECH Tea Party: Connecting Seniors & Young People

Every month, Episcopal Church Home boasts a full calendar of activities for seniors. There’s always something going on—whether it’s a creative writing class or a round of BingocizeⓇ. Often, the line-up includes some form of intergenerational programming. And for a good reason: The therapeutic benefits of connecting older adults with young people are widely known. There’s no better example than our recent Girl Scout Tea Party.

Here’s a closer look at the event, along with how intergenerational programming supports the overall health and wellness of our community members.

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Financial Habits that Could Indicate Early Warning Signs of Memory Care Issues & How to Prepare

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia provides many advantages, including access to treatment, the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and the chance to make healthy lifestyle changes that preserve cognitive function. There are also abundant social and emotional benefits—both for people with the disease and their loved ones. The takeaway? Being aware of early warning signs of memory loss can ensure that seniors’ unique needs are met.

According to researchers, though, one symptom is often overlooked: poor money management. Here’s a closer look into the issue, courtesy of a recent report from WKRC Local 12.

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Don't Be Afraid: Why You Should Ask Your Doctor to Screen You or Your Parent for Alzheimer's

If you or an aging loved one was at risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure or another major health concern, you’d probably urge the doctor to run a few tests, right? While most would agree, the same can’t always be said for dementia screenings. According to a special report from the Alzheimer’s Association, cognitive testing is routinely left out of senior checkups, resulting in significant medical, social, emotional, and financial consequences. Here’s a closer look at why this issue matters and what you can do about it.

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ECH Residents Move to New Memory Care Center of Excellence

Today’s personal care options for seniors are very different than those of 50, 25 or even 10 years ago. A perfect example of the beautiful new face of senior living? The impeccably updated Memory Care Center of Excellence at Louisville, Kentucky’s Episcopal Church Home. Residents moved into this new community in September upon completion of Phase I of the comprehensive renovation project, and have been enjoying the many benefits of living there over the past few months.

Here’s a closer look at what makes ECH’s Memory Care Center of Excellence a shining standout among person-centered care communities.

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How to Know When In-Home Care is Not Enough to Keep Your Parent Safe

Many older adults voice a strong desire to “age in place.” However, while it’s sometimes possible to accommodate this preference through measures ranging from adaptive home remodels to in-home care services, the reality is that the time may come when it’s simply not safe for your aging loved one to continue to live alone. Wondering how you'll know when that time is imminent? Here’s a closer look at the issue.

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Choosing a Long-Term Care Community for Your Loved One? Here's What to Ask

All long-term care communities aren’t created equal. Which begs the question: How do you find the best fit for your loved one? Read on for a roundup of eight things to ask when choosing long-term care for your parent.

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When Should Your Older Loved One Get On a Waitlist for Personal Care?

 

Aging.com recently declared senior living to be “the first priority every senior should have.” This advice isn't just relevant to seniors, though. It's also applicable to the adult children who love them. Indeed, personal care should be something you’re thinking about for your parents, likely sooner than you might realize. Here’s what you need to know about getting your aging loved one on a waitlist for senior care.

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