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Marjorie P. Lee & The Art of Hospitality with "Platinum" Service

When is retirement care a healthcare service, and when is it a hospitality service? There are, of course, aspects of both. Marjorie P. Lee and Episcopal Retirement Services have long pondered that question. And we keep coming back to the answer, "sometimes, and all the time."

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When Should Your Elderly Loved One Get on a Retirement Home Waitlist?

Baby Boomers have a lot on their plates. In addition to raising families and planning for their own retirements, many of them are also caring for aging loved ones. A common concern among this group of people known as the “sandwich generation”: What will happen when a parent is no longer able to live independently?

If you’re in this situation and wondering whether or not the time is right for your elderly loved one to put his or her names on a retirement home waitlist, here’s what you need to know.


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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 Residents Through Art Therapy

Marjorie P. Lee's certified art therapist, Janet Kempf, helped develop the 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 that 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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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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Marjorie P. Lee Staff Learn About a Positive Approach to Care®

If you’ve attended our Refresh Your Soul dementia caregiving conference either of the past two years, or if you’ve been following this blog, then Teepa Snow is no stranger to you.

Over a 30-year career as a Registered Occupational Therapist (OT), Snow gathered knowledge and insights that she’s put in practice to become one of America’s leading experts on memory care and dementia.

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How to Help A Loved One Keep a Positive Attitude About Aging


Aging is inevitable. No one ever said it was easy.

As our senior loved ones' bodies and minds naturally change, it can be tough for them to accept that they need extra help from us, that they can't be as independent and in control as they used to be, that a partner or friend is gone, or that their own physical end is — if not close — at least on the horizon.

Sounds depressing, doesn't it? Now, imagine you're the senior in whose head these thoughts swirl.

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What You Need to Know About the Stages of Aging


For seniors, healthy aging isn't just dependent upon their physical health. It's also dependent on their maintaining positive attitudes about aging. And, to do that, it's helpful for them — and for family caregivers like you — to understand the stages of aging.

Like earlier phases in our lives, senior adulthood isn't well-described by one stage. Most 60-year-olds' needs are different from those of most 75-year-olds' needs, and still more different from those of most 90-year-olds.

Today, let's examine the stages of aging so that you can help your loved one anticipate his or her changing needs, prepare for them and age positively.

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How Families & Seniors Can Keep Love Alive as Memories Fade


Age-related memory loss is disconcerting enough. Memory loss due to Alzheimer's or other dementia disorders is just plain devastating. And either is a source of heartbreak for seniors, their partners and spouses and their families.

Memory loss doesn't end relationships. An elder might not be able to remember all the good moments you've had together over the years, and might not be able to form new, lasting memories, but there are certainly good times still to be had.

Still, it's a difficult thing for seniors and their partners or caregivers to grapple with. So, today, with Valentine's Day approaching, let's talk about what families and seniors living in Cincinnati and elsewhere can do to keep love alive, even as memories fade.

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What is the Psychology of Positive Aging?


"Think positive, and you'll feel positive," many positive aging experts say.

We can observe it here in seniors living at Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community: when elders maintain a positive outlook on life, they tend live longer. They report feeling more fulfilled and having a sense of purpose. And we can see it in the literature, too.

It sounds trite, but it's true, at least to a certain degree. And that's really what the positive aging movement (which we'll explore in-depth at the upcoming Refresh Your Soul conference in March) is all about.

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