Category Archives: Dementia

Visiting memory care residents

Visiting Mom or Dad in assisted living or a memory care can be hard. Perhaps you take a treat to share – a favorite dessert or snack food. Maybe you bring a little present. Or maybe you don’t know what to bring, or if a gift is even allowed. You wonder if you will be recognized […]

Alzheimer’s Association supports the Longest Day 2016

The Alzheimer’s Association recognizes June 20, 2016 as The Longest Day (of the year) by inviting everyone to engage in an activity of choice to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Individuals, corporations, book clubs, faith-based organizations come together in real-time or virtually to help raise funds to support research and programs. Preferred Living […]

Memory Cafes

Our care managers love to share information about local resources for people living with dementia and their care partners. A favorite among our clients in Raleigh, Durham and Cary is the memory café. Memory cafés are wonderful no-cost opportunities for care partners to enjoy a meal, entertainment and socializing once a month in their local communities. Check out the links […]

Care partner leisure time

Care partner, according to Dr. Bill Thomas, an expert in the field of dementia care, includes family, friends, neighbors, volunteers, home health professionals, and the elder herself.  Effective care partnerships result from meaningful and purpose-filled days. All human beings want to feel useful and engaged regardless of age, disabilities, and life challenges. Dr. Thomas offers a […]

Weighted blanket for better sleep

For many people living with dementia bedtime does not necessarily mean sleep-time. As dementia progresses insomnia and nighttime wandering may interfere with rest for care partner and caregiver. One possible solution that involves no medication is a weighted blanket. Use of a weighted blanket, custom-sized for an individual’s height and weight, is described as feeling like […]

Late-stage dementia and the 5 senses

  Late-stage dementia robs people of their active roles in life. However, appealing to the 5 senses through reminiscence therapy is a way to reach beyond the disease and touch that person. You may not always see that person’s reaction, or perhaps you do, but it is for a brief moment. In that moment you […]

Aging well and being active

Aging well is as easy as finding everyday activities that bring joy and purpose. Certified care manager Vivian McLaurin shares her perspective on the 55+ active life. “I think of aging as life’s next adventure. I accept getting older but I reject ‘ getting old.’ I believe that growing pains are not only for toddlers and teens […]

Activities for people living with dementia that are meaningful

Activities are a lifesaver for both care receiver and caregiver. An individual’s life history informs the design of activities programs that will engage your loved one. I visit an 87 year old woman living with dementia. I’ve known her for about two years. We have spent many hours sharing our life stories with each other. […]

Adult children, parents and dementia: when a fib is okay

Adult children sometimes struggle with maintaining complete honesty when their aging parent has dementia. Is an occasional fib a kinder, gentler approach to caregiving when telling the truth is sure to start an argument? For example, when your parent refuses to stop driving, is it okay to say that the car is in the shop? When you […]

Who is driving?

Driving safety is a common worry for adult children of aging relatives. By 2020 there will be more than 40 million licensed drivers on the road age 65 and older. When was the last time you rode with your mom or dad and concluded that it was time for the “car keys” conversation? Did you check in first […]