Sundowning. Mood changes. Bath wars. When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, everyone—caregivers and family members—feels the impact of the disease. Why do they do what they do? And what can you do about it? Understanding why certain behaviors happen—and how best to approach the situation—will relieve frustration all-around. Education is key. Continue reading “Free Lunch & Learn Dementia Education Programs Offered at Vista Prairie this Spring” »
Winter is here, and so is the dreadful cold and flu season. Getting a cold or the flu is an unpleasant experience for everyone, but especially effects seniors who may be highly susceptible to illness. Education and preventative measures are key to staying happy and healthy this winter season.
After a loved one moves to a senior living community, you may feel stumped about what to get them for the holidays. With many seniors having to downsize when they move to assisted living, you don’t want to buy them unneeded items that will add clutter to their apartment. But you still want to buy them something meaningful that will bring joy to their life.
The holidays bring family members together who might only see each other once or twice a year. It’s an occasion to catch up on the year’s events and share stories of triumphs, setbacks, joys, and struggles. Holiday conversation is often focused on the recent past—the months since everyone last saw each other. But some family members have a much longer past to share, a past that often gets overshadowed by more recent events.
For many, the decision to move into senior living isn’t an easy one. It’s normal for seniors to feel some reluctance about the perceived loss of independence and anxiety about leaving behind the beloved familiarity of a longtime home. However, there is a great deal that family members can do to help ease a loved one’s transition to a senior living community.