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Improving Quality of Life for Dementia Patients

by Dan Bailey

Dementia progresses through 7 stages of decline over a period of several years. During the first 6 stages, dementia patients are still capable of leading productive, satisfying lives. Some people think that once a person is diagnosed, they are no longer capable of doing any of the normal activities they once did. In reality, people […]

What is Assisted Living & Is It Worth It?

by Dan Bailey

Because it is a less well-known service offered for elderly care, many people still often ask “what is assisted living?” Assisted living bridges the gap between fully independent living and various levels of round-the-clock care. It gives seniors an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of living on their own without most of the restrictions necessary […]

What Is Assistive Technology?

by Dan Bailey

The simple definition of assistive technology (AT) is “anything that makes life easier for people with disabilities.” They may use highly advanced technology like speech recognition software. They can also be as simple as a book with large print. Assistive technology for dementia patients helps patients remain independent and encourages social interaction longer. Depending on […]

How to Pay for Assisted Living for Your Loved Ones

by Dan Bailey

At-home care is the first choice for the majority of seniors but sometimes it is not the safest or most cost-effective option. Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other progressive diseases do best with around-the-clock care, and this leaves many families wondering how to pay for assisted living for their loved ones. With proper planning, assisted […]

A Warning to Dementia Caregivers

by Dan Bailey

“No one else can provide the same quality of care to my loved one that I can give them myself.” Many dementia caregivers genuinely feel that they are the only ones who can care for their loved one. There are almost 15 million people in this country providing unpaid care to a person with dementia. […]

Dementia and Sleep: A Sleep Aid for the Elderly

by Dan Bailey

People with dementia often have problems getting a good night’s sleep. Scientists don’t really know the connection between dementia and sleep problems. They can only assume it has to do with the changes these diseases cause to the brain. Like many other symptoms of dementia, those affecting sleep vary from one person to the next. […]

Behavior Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

by Dan Bailey

Every 65 seconds in the United States, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. But, medication and medical knowledge have advanced over the years, and there are several effective Alzheimer’s treatment options available today. This is good news because this disease has rapidly increased over the years. Between 2000 and 2011 alone, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease went up […]

Memory Loss Medication Options

by Dan Bailey

Alzheimer’s disease currently affects over 5.7 million people and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Memory loss medication can’t stop or slow down the progression of this disease, but they can help manage many of the common symptoms that go hand in hand with it. Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder […]

What Is Hospice Care?

by Dan Bailey

Learning that you or a loved one requires hospice care is devastating. There are lots of questions you want to ask, the main one being, “What is hospice care?” Hospice care is often recommended when a patient’s medical condition has reached its end stage. Therefore, it’s only natural to have questions about the processes, treatments, […]

Diseases without Cures

by Dan Bailey

Does the term, “incurable diseases,” conjure up the frightening image of your doctor telling you or a loved one that you have only a few years or months to live? There are actually several different outcomes for those who are diagnosed with a disease without a cure. While it is true that many incurable diseases […]

San Diego Memory Care and the Seven Stages of Dementia

by Dan Bailey

Understanding the symptoms associated with the various stages of dementia will help you make the decision about the right time to seek San Diego memory care for your loved one. Early on, it is easy to miss the signs of dementia, especially when the person lives alone. People often refer to the “early stages of […]

Nine Top Risk Factors for Dementia

by Dan Bailey

Dementia is a broad term that refers to overall cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s disease. There are many risk factors that can increase a person’s likelihood of developing the condition later in life. It is important to note that risk factors are not causes; just because you have one or more risk factors does not necessarily […]

Memory Care or Assisted Living? Making the Best Choice for Mom or Dad

by Dan Bailey

Senior care facilities come in many types, such as memory care and assisted living, and choosing the best community for your mother or father can be confusing. Rule of thumb is that the right place will help keep your parent safe, while also maximizing his or her independence. To make this decision, you need to […]

AMATE ART PLACEMATS

by Lani Calvert

November is Native American Heritage month and in the art class we made “Amate” paintings. Amate is paper that is handmade by the Otomi Indians of Mexico out of natural tree bark. However, in lieu of the real thing, we made ours out of up-cycled brown paper bags. We then used patterns similar to those […]

Alzheimer’s Dementia Care | 5 important Safety Precautions

by Dan Bailey

Alzheimer’s is a complex disease that demands, among other things, dramatic changes in a patient’s surroundings. Alzheimer’s dementia care involves important safety precautions that should be addressed right away. Before we can give attention to treatments and therapies, we initially want to be sure that our loved ones are safe. It can be difficult to […]