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9
Aug

Wandering: Tips for Security

It can be heartbreaking for someone to watch their loved one walk around aimlessly for hours on end. Because of their memory loss, they might think that they need to get to work even if they have been retired for years. They might ask to go home when they are already home. Or they may […]

23
Jun

Wisconsin’s Silver Alert Program

You’re driving down the highway on your way to work and you see the blinking orange letters: “Silver Alert, Grey Sedan, WI LIC 123456.” Most know what an Amber Alert is, but do you know what circumstances qualify as a Silver Alert? Similar to an Amber Alert, Silver Alerts will go out by email and text […]

14
Jun

Love Your Brain In June

June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, a month to show a little extra love to your noggin.  Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia, with nearly 50 million people currently living with the disease worldwide. Perhaps more alarmingly, that number is expected to reach 132 million by 2050.The sixth-leading cause of death and the only […]

14
Jun

Having the Conversation about Moving to a Memory Care Home

It’s the conversation many avoid altogether. How do you even begin to tell your loved one that they need to move out of their home and into a memory care home, especially if they have dementia and can’t totally comprehend it?  Have you noticed your loved one struggling to live on their own?  You aren’t […]

14
Jun

Keep Drinking Coffee

I vividly remember my grandma joking with me when I was little that drinking coffee (even with my excessive amount of creamer) would stunt my growth. Well…here I am at 23 and a whopping 5’2″, so maybe she was right. But, what I didn’t know back then was that a study done by CAIDE showed […]

20
Apr

Understanding Different Types of Dementia

If you Google “How many different kinds of dementia are there?” you will be presented with hundreds of answers. Realistically, there are more types of dementia than we really know, but for the sake of this blog we will be focusing on the four most common – Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Lewy Body and Frontotemporal. Dementia is […]

20
Apr

Dancing Could Prevent Dementia

You’re probably reading the title of this blog and thinking, “Moving my arms and legs could prevent me from getting dementia? You’re insane.” Well, that’s exactly what I’m telling you. Enhanced dementia and Alzheimer’s research reveals that learning new dance moves and choreography could prevent or elongate dementia. Here’s why: According to the World Health […]

10
Mar

Managing Caregiving Frustrations

Being the primary caregiver for a loved one with dementia can be extremely challenging and frustrating – even on the best of days. Your loved one with dementia can develop expressions that are not true to their character, have bag days or ask you questions over and over. Feeling frustrated is valid, however, it shouldn’t […]

16
Feb

Helping Children Understand Dementia

Dementia is a mental disease that is far-reaching and can affect the entire family, including children and grandchildren. For kids, seeing their grandparents suffer from a cognitive decline can be very confusing and upsetting. Although the senior affected by dementia requires as much support as possible, grandchildren also need to understand how this disease affects […]

10
Feb

Love Gets Better With Age

If someone asked you, “What does love look like?”, how would you respond? Many of us this day and age will base our perspectives of “love” off of Ally and Noah’s passionate love in The Notebook, or Henry and Lucy’s playful love in 50 First Dates. However, some of the strongest notions of love can come from […]

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