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What To Say To An Elderly Loved One Who Doesn't Want To Move

A diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s in an elderly loved one can feel overwhelming — and so can the prospect of moving them from their own home into a memory care community.

And it only becomes more difficult if your parent doesn’t want to move, whether because they don’t think they need to or simply don’t want to leave their home. You can’t just leave them where they are if they’re unable to care for themselves, but you also don’t want to force them into such a big decision.

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The Pros and Cons of Aging In Place

Of all the decisions you make with your parents, few carry more weight than the choice of elder care. The better you are at finding a safe and comfortable elder care solution for your parents, the easier it is for them to stay healthy and happy for the rest of their lives.

One big decision you’ll likely face is whether to move your parents into independent living, personal care or memory care or allow them to age in place. In making this decision, you and your parents need to consider all the pros and cons of aging in place:

 

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How You Can Spend Quality Time with a Parent with Memory Loss

Family caregivers of seniors with moderate to severe memory loss often struggle to define "meaningful, quality time" with their older loved ones.

How do you communicate with an elder whose mind is being ravaged by Alzheimer's dementia? Do they even know that you're there, let alone know how you feel about them?

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Louisville, Raising Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Doesn't Have to End in June

In June, you may have seen people in Louisville wearing a lot of purple. That’s because it was Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, an annual effort to raise funds for dementia and brain research, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.

Every summer, the Alzheimer's Association and participants ask folks to #GoPurple to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The need never ceases for critical dementia and neurological research funding.

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How to Ease Your Loved One's Transition into Memory Care

When the time comes for your senior loved one to be placed in residential memory care for advanced dementia or Alzheimer's, how can you ease his or her transition to a new senior living community?

How can you reduce your parent's anxiety and ensure that the move goes as smoothly as possible?

Louisville families ask us these questions all the time. Luckily, there are tried-and-true tactics that can help your loved one accomplish the move without feeling fear or disruption.

Let's talk about them today.

 

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What You Need to Know About Paying for Memory Care

Many Louisville families worry about paying for memory care when their older loved ones are diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

At Episcopal Church Home, we do our best to help family caregivers understand what they can do to provide for their relatives' care. And our promise, as a person-centered, not-for-profit retirement care organization, is never to ask an ECH resident who has outlived his or her monetary resources to move.

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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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