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A caregiver helping an older loved one with dementia during mealtime

Managing a Loved One with Dementia’s Sensory Challenges

Dementia can change a loved one’s ability to experience these five senses, and that can have a huge impact on how they view the world. Their favorite food might not taste the same way. They may be startled by the sound of laughter they used to love. They may draw away from a once familiar touch. As a caregiver, it’s important to recognize these changes, and to help make your loved one’s world a more comfortable, less overwhelming place to be for each of their five senses. 

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By Julie Hayes | 04/15/2022

A couple having a meeting with various family members using a video conferencing platform

How to Hold Family Meetings to Discuss an Older Loved One’s Care

Family meetings can be a valuable tool. Each person can express their thoughts and concerns at the same time. Everyone will hear the same message and come together to support their parent and each other. This will help to reduce misinformation, and make it easier to develop a plan and next steps.

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By Lauri Scharf | 04/15/2022

Behavioral Interventions: When Caring for Someone with Dementia

Behavioral Interventions: When Caring for Someone with Dementia incorporates the most current research about dementia care, effective practical strategies, and useful resources in identifying causes of common behavioral symptoms and effective interventions.

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By Jennifer Wolfe, Lyndi Winzeler | 03/29/2022

After being diagnosed with dementia, it's important to plan for the future as soon as possible

Preparing for Your Future After an Early Onset Dementia Diagnosis

A diagnosis of dementia can be devastating no matter your age. However, older adults, especially those over the age of 65, tend to be more aware of the possibility of dementia, and know that their risk statistically increases each year. But for younger adults, being diagnosed with dementia between the ages of 30 and 60 is not only upsetting—it can be outright shocking.

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By Julie Hayes | 03/15/2022

Age-friendly communities can help older adults live active, vibrant lives with local support

Advocating as a Caregiver for the Creation of Age-Friendly Communities

Creating age-friendly communities can be beneficial to the well-being of not only older adults, but also those who care for them, regardless of age. These communities can provide older adults with the means to age in place with the support of family and friend caregivers. As we care for loved ones, we can also be part of the movement to promote age-friendly communities and advocate for change.

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By Branka Primetica | 03/15/2022