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MPL Residents Get Each Other Singing With the Java Memory Care Program

(Photos: Gary Kessler)

Here at Marjorie P. Lee, we offer a full suite of person-centered cognitive therapies for our residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It’s called Living Well Memory Support, and it’s one of the most comprehensive suites of memory care programs in the Cincinnati area.

And while you may have heard of art therapy or music therapy programs for seniors, these aren’t your typical therapies. Today, we’re proud to tell you more about our Java Memory Care program.

 

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How To Spend Grandparents Day With A Loved One Who Has Memory Loss

As Grandparents Day approaches on Sept. 9, you and your children may be interested in celebrating your parents and their grandparents. But that’s likely easier said than done if one of your parents has Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.

On Grandparents’ Day or any other special day, here’s how you can plan an enjoyable experience for everyone involved:

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4 Steps for Safe Travel with a Parent with Alzheimer's or Dementia

If your parent is living with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, you might think that travel is off the table. In fact, not only can people who have dementia travel, but trips can also help them stay stimulated and reconnect them with loved ones in distant locations.

Nonetheless, traveling with a parent who has dementia does create some unique risks and challenges. By following these tips, you can prepare for those challenges and make sure you both have a safe, happy and enjoyable trip:

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6 Ways To Help Loved Ones Cope With Sundowner's Syndrome

(Photos: Gary Kessler)

Of all the challenges that arise when a loved one has dementia, few are more terrifying for them or more difficult for you than sundowner’s syndrome. Sometimes called “sundowning syndrome,” this condition affects many with dementia during the evening. It’s marked by feelings of confusion, aggression, and anxiety, as well as a tendency to ignore directions and pace or wander.

For the sake of their happiness and mental health, it’s critical that you help them cope with this condition. Through the following methods, you can keep sundowner’s syndrome to a minimum and provide comfort and relief for your loved one.

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3 Meaningful Ways to Encourage Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness All Year Long

In June, you may have seen people in Cincinnati wearing a lot of purple. Wonder why?

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, an annual movement to raise funding for dementia and brain research, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.

The Alzheimer's Association and families touched by the disease encourage Americans to #GoPurple to find a cure for and finally end the threat of Alzheimer's dementia.

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At Marjorie P. Lee, Trained Student Interns Are Inspiring Minds Through Art

Marjorie P. Lee's certified art therapist, Janet Kempf, helped develop the Inspiring Minds Through Art art therapy program.

In memory care, there are many paths to treatment. What works well to alleviate Alzheimer's symptoms in one person may not work in another, so often the best approach is to throw some proverbial paint at the canvas and see what's effective.

And, here at Marjorie P. Lee in Cincinnati, we’re literally putting paint to canvas with an art therapy program called Inspiring Minds Through Art. Art therapy has long been shown to help generate memories, encourage sharing, increase empathy, decrease anxiety and improve the quality of life of some dementia and post-stroke patients.

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What's the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Is your senior loved one starting to exhibit advanced symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia? It might be time to start switching the primary focus of his or her treatment from memory care, which is primarily concerned with life and memory preservation, to palliative care, which is mostly centered on quality-of-life improvement and pain control.

Many people first hear the term "palliative care" paired with "hospice," and they naturally think that the terms are interchangeable. Although they're similar in many respects, they aren't exactly the same. Today, let's talk about the differences between the two.

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How to Cope With Feelings of Grief After a Parent's Dementia Diagnosis

It can be hard to come to terms with a parent's age-related memory loss. It can be even more challenging  to grieve an elder's Alzheimer's dementia diagnosis.

There's no getting around it: An Alzheimer's diagnosis is always a fatal one. There's no known cure. There's no way to stop the disease in its tracks.

Various memory care methods might be useful in slowing the progression of a loved one's Alzheimer's dementia, but results are hit-or-miss in many cases. There can be periods of prolonged stability, followed by periods of rapid decline.

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Support for Family Members of Loved Ones with Memory Loss

Dementia caregiving isn't an easy endeavor. As your loved one's disease progresses, it will not only rob him or her of memories, but also of the ability to do simple things like dress, bathe or use a fork at mealtime.

It's heartbreaking to watch. But, as your loved one is depending on you for care and for reassurance, you know that you'll need maintain a positive outlook, even though you might not always feel positive on the inside.

So, who can you turn to for support when your older loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or age-related memory loss? They're depending on you for care, but who will you depend on as you face the burden of providing care?

Let's talk today about some of the memory loss support resources available to you here in the Cincinnati area and discuss what each can do for you.

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MPL Resident Dan Wheeler Finds Positive Aging in Lifelong Creativity

In his career as a cognitive psychologist and University of Cincinnati professor, Dan Wheeler was best known for his scientific brain. In his personal life, he's equally well-known for his artistic brain.

"I was a photographer first," he explained. "I was a very serious photographer in both high school and college."

As a teenager, he entered and won science competitions. He once won "a week in the Navy."

"We joked that second prize was two weeks," Wheeler said. "The Navy flew a bunch of us from all over the country to Boston, and we went out for a week on a heavy cruiser. They showed off all the stuff that they did."

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