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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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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 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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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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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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