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My Parent Was Just Diagnosed with Dementia. Now What?

When your older parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, what steps should you take? Suddenly, you find yourself thrust into the role of dementia caregiver, which has to be scary for you.

And it's probably equally frightening for your loved one to face the prospect of developing what unfortunately remains a difficult-to-treat, incurable disease. How can you alleviate your parent's fears and make sure that your mom or dad has the care and support he or she needs?

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4 Critical Documents You Need for Your Parents’ Memory Care

 In our nation's health care system, having proper, up-to-date documentation on file with providers, or having copies ready to provide to first responders, can mean the difference between life or death in an emergency.

Paperwork is also necessary to ensure that every member of your senior loved one's care team — from doctors, nurses and therapists, to the pharmacist, to all the family caregivers who will be helping out — are on the same page and working together.

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How to Cheer Up Elderly Loved Ones Who Are Moving Out

Thanks to modern medicine, new tech, the availability of taxpayer-funded safety net services like Meals on Wheels, seniors throughout America are aging safely in place longer than ever before.

But, almost invariably, the day comes when no amount of in-home care could provide for all a senior loved one's daily needs. When that day arrives, placement in senior living, a personal care home or a memory care home is the only remaining, safe option.

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3 Health Tips for Your Elderly Loved One

We all want our senior loved ones to be happy and healthy, so that they can age positively as long as possible.

Positive aging, in fact, is the focus of our parent organization Episcopal Retirement Services' upcoming sold-out TriHealth Refresh Your Soul conference, presented by the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati.

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Healthy Aging Resources in Louisville That You Need to Know About

As you may have noticed, in preparation for Episcopal Retirement Services' Refresh Your Soul positive aging conference next month in Cincinnati, we've been focusing a lot of attention on ways that seniors can keep themselves healthy and boost their happiness.

Seniors aging in place can't always manage everything alone. Positive aging sometimes requires outside support from community-based services, aging experts, researchers and social safety net programs.

Today, let's take a moment to make you and your loved ones aware of some of the key healthy aging resources available to seniors and their family caregivers here in Louisville.

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5 Positive Aspects of Aging You Might Have Overlooked

"Getting older is great!" said few people over the age of 21, ever.

But are most of us wrong? Are there good things about aging that a lot of people overlook?

Turns out, there are. Quite a few, actually. And, today, we're going to talk about them.

As part of our ongoing discussions about healthy aging in the run-up to the Parish Health Ministry's Refresh Your Soul conference, to be held this year on March 12 at Xavier University's Cintas Center in Cincinnati, here are 5 positive aspects of aging:

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4 Things to Do in Louisville That Will Help Seniors Feel Young Again

If there's one question that every senior asks him- or herself, it's how to feel young again. It's long been thought impossible for people to turn back the clock: after all, there is no such thing as the Fountain of Youth.

But that thought is changing, to a certain degree. Although there's very little we can do to arrest our natural, physical decline, our mental, emotional, spiritual and financial wellness needn't suffer as we age.

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What's Happening at Episcopal Church Home in January?

Happy New Year, Louisville! My oh my, where did 2017 go? We're looking forward to another great year here at Episcopal Church Home, and we're starting off with a month packed full of activities for our residents to enjoy.

Here's everything that's going on in January at Louisville's premier personal care and memory care community:

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8 Tips for Talking to Someone with Memory Loss


Family members who are new to dealing with a loved one's dementia often ask us: "How do you talk with someone with memory loss?"

It's easy: approach talking to someone with dementia the way you would approach talking with a child.

That doesn't mean taking on a patronizing or condescending tone or addressing those with dementia in an undignified manner. It does mean using simpler language and maintaining an encouraging tone, positive expression, eye contact and open gestures. And it means exercising patience.

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7 Reasons to Support the ECH Promise Fund This Year


For nearly a century and a half, Louisville seniors and their families have looked to the Episcopal Church Home for quality, person-centered retirement care. And the care that we've provided has been due in no small measure to the generosity of donors like you.

Thanks to advances in  modern medicine,  people are living longer lives. And that's a wonderful development. However, as a result, many seniors are unfortunately outliving their financial resources, leaving them to worry about how they will afford to live out their remaining years in comfort and security.

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