Category «Memory Care»

The Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in North Dakota

When you look for a state with assisted living facilities, North Dakota doesn’t really pop into your head. North Dakota offers affordable prices at a booming economy as it’s a less frequented state. But despite the growing economy, median home costs around $100,000 which are almost one-third less than the median cost in the country …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in New Jersey

Bruce Springsteen gave this state one bad rap when he crooned “we gotta get out while we’re young”! He may not be entirely wrong though Springsteen can certainly choose to retire anywhere. Basically, the average American retiree will find New Jersey an expensive and tax burdened state. That means, the many assisted living facilities in …

Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Memory Loss… What’s the Difference?

People tend to use “Alzheimer’s” as a catchall term for memory loss in older adults, but Alzheimer’s disease (AD), first identified by neuropathologist Aloysius Alzheimer in 1901, is only one form of dementia. Dementia is the umbrella category of brain diseases that cause a gradual decline in the ability to think, remember, and function day-to-day. …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities In Louisiana

If you plan to retire in the Pelican state, aka Louisiana, you will be living a good life. With many festivals and a wonderfully rich cuisine, Louisiana is well-known for its high times, year-round warm weather and plenty of outdoorsy activities. Bird-watching, fishing trips on the bayou and some 20 state parks are what you …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Kentucky

Wondering where to spend your silver years in? Think Kentucky, where the cost of living is 14% below the national average and there’s no tax on the first $41,000 of retirement income, pension or annuities. And while the state does produce 95% of the bourbon consumed in the US and 75% of all Kentucky Derby …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas

Why retire in Kansas? Well, it’s what Dorothy called home for starters and went about clicking her red heels to get back to! Seriously though, with a cost of living 12% below national average, the cost of assisted living goes down too; so Kansas becomes a haven for those looking for active but affordable silver …

Specialized Alzheimer’s Care Assisted Livings

There are many assisted living facilities in the world today. Each varying in size and style, all provide care for the average senior who is aging and needs assistance with the activities of daily living. Many assisted livings (AL) are licensed, designed and staffed for care associated with general needs that go along with aging.  …

Announcing the Alzheimer’s Action Day Guide

A Comprehensive Resource for Caregivers, Loved Ones and Alzheimer’s Patients Today, September 21, 2012, is Alzheimer’s Action Day. This nationally recognized event aims to raise awareness of the need for continued education and research to combat this devastating illness. The Alzheimer’s Association notes that Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50 to …

What is the ideal living setting for Alzheimer’s Patients

Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is extremely challenging. The Alzheimer’s patient’s mood and levels of ability will change each day. They forget the basic concept of caring for themselves in such things as dressing, bathing and feeding themselves. Caregivers will find that if they have a daily plan for the patient, they can cope with …

The Three Most Common Types of Dementia and Their Differences

For anyone who is responsible for the care of someone suffering from dementia it is important to know about the different types of dementia, and what particular form of the disease he or she is dealing with. Whether a healthcare professional or a family member, the more that is known about the disease the better …

The Eye Test – Alzheimer’s Disease Detection at The Most Crucial Point

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, debilitating condition that is characterized by significant loss of memory. It is the most common form of dementia, and affects millions of people around the world. With no known cause or cure, it is quite understandable that Alzheimer’s remains a subject of much research and debate in the medical community. …

What is Frontal Lobe Dementia?

Of the diagnoses involved with various types of dementia and their symptoms, frontal lobe dementia may go unnoticed due to its low rate of incidence. Although relatively rare, frontal lobe dementia is a combination of degenerative diseases that may produce some of the same symptoms as the more common vascular dementia. It is described as …

The Top Five Dementia Medications For Seniors

There is no cure for dementia, so in a best case scenario, medications that are currently available are only able to slow the rate at which the symptoms progress. Four out of the top five dementia medications are Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, also referred to as AChE inhibitors: Donepezil (Aricept) Galantamine (Razadyne) Rivastigmine (Exelon or the Exelon …

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s – Are They the Same Thing?

As a person ages, their chances of being diagnosed with certain diseases grows with them. For example, the elderly are more susceptible to diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s than their younger counterparts. These two diseases commonly strike older patients and both are often used interchangeably when describing memory loss. What many people are unaware …

The Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease: 20 Memory Care Experts on Caring for Alzhiemer’s Patients

Caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia can be a confusing, emotionally taxing and overwhelming experience for caregivers and family members. Often, it’s tough to know where to turn to get the best, most informative answers to your questions about Alzheimer’s care. With that in mind, we reached out to 20 memory care …

5 Non-medical, Natural Alzheimer’s Treatments that Work

Alzheimer’s disease ranks sixth in the list of top mortality causes in the United States. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that there are 5.4 million people afflicted with the disease, and this number is expected to rise rapidly in the coming years as the baby boomer population ages. While we have yet to find a cure …

Memory Impairment Q & A with Merilee Griffin of Memo Touch

We recently interviewed Merilee Griffin, PHD, the founder and president  of Memo Touch. Dr. Griffin developed Memo as an interactive device to help those with memory impairment maintain their independence as long as possible while helping to lessen the demands placed upon caregivers.  She cared for her mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s and recognized that there was a need for a simplistic and …

Diagnosis and Management of Sundowner’s Syndrome

Sundowner syndrome, known as sundowning, or night-time dementia, is a condition that increases confusion and disorientation during sunset or sunrise. It is most common in elderly residents who have established dementia, Alzheimer disease, delirium, or those who have had surgeries. Not all people who have these ailments will experience sundowning, but as each person reacts …

Common Alzheimer’s Care Concerns for Home Caregivers

An Alzheimer’s Patient Caregiver – For a loved One A caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient often does not realize the emotional and physical strain it will be on their own health in general. When someone first is told their loved one has this disease, it is quite a shock for them and the whole family. …

Dealing with Early On-Set Dementia – An Interview with Holly Eburne

Holly Eburne is a life energy coach who has a background in physical therapy, and also has personal experience with early on-set dementia as her husband was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia at the age of 57. Holly was kind enough to share some of her personal experiences along with practical advice for caregivers in the interview …