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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

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

A caregiver embracing her older loved one

Your Loved One Receives a Dementia Diagnosis: Now What?

You’ve worried, wondered, and second-guessed. You may be scared and nervous. Now you find yourself in the doctor’s office with your loved one. Following multiple assessments and a battery of tests, all things point to a diagnosis of dementia. Your emotions race everywhere. At first, you may be shocked or frightened – and maybe even a little relieved to have answers or explanations. Ultimately, even though you admit to having seen signs and symptoms for some time, the official diagnosis can leave you feeling unprepared and confused about what to do next.

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By Cathy Franz | 03/15/2022

The Financial Fatigue of Caregiving: When Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

This informative webinar is for family and friend caregivers or supporters of persons with dementia. This webinar discusses the effects caregiving has on your finances, and how to effectively manage your finances while balancing multiple responsibilities. We cover how to have difficult conversations about taking on the financial role of caring for a loved one, estate planning and how to make sure your loved ones are protected against financial exploitation.

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By Tiffany Taylor | 03/03/2022