Memory Care

Caregiving for Those In Cognitive Decline

Serving as a care partner for a loved one with cognitive decline can present special challenges. Behaviors such as aggression and paranoia — along with trouble communicating — can make everyday care tasks more difficult. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, brain injuries and other disorders that affect memory and reason may exhibit a range of emotions…

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The Importance of Skilled Human Touch in Dementia Care

Humans use touch as the language of compassion; a held hand or a hug often serve as the best way to express profound feelings. Research suggests that the sense of touch plays a fundamental role in human communication and even physical health. National Hugging Day, observed on Jan. 21, recognizes the importance of one form…

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Navigating the Holidays with a Senior Loved One

For many families, the holidays present a rare opportunity to spend time together and catch up on each other’s lives. If you serve as a care partner for a senior loved one, you may find the holidays also pose some challenges in the form of difficult conversations and volatile emotions. Care partners who do not…

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Benefits of Reminiscence Therapy

For people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, personal identity can seem to slip away as cognitive abilities decline. But even as individuals begin to lose touch with current events, they may hold onto cherished memories. Photographs, treasured objects and favorite songs all can help stimulate fond thoughts of the past for people with…

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Side by Side: Understanding Dementia Within Our Community

As dementia causes deterioration to neurons in the brain, individuals experience growing challenges with memories, cognitive function and engaging in daily activities. Although damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is permanent, individuals with the disease can continue to thrive with some modifications by care partners. At a recent workshop entitled “Side…

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Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So is AlmaVia of San Rafael! Join our Mama Mia, AlmaVia team on Saturday, Oct. 21, for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The event in Petaluma begins at 9:30 a.m. at Shollenberger Park. If…

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World Alzheimer’s Month Increases Awareness, Reduces Stigma of Disease

Science has uncovered significant information about Alzheimer’s disease in recent years, including ways that individuals can spot the signs of this condition. Much remains to be learned, however, researchers continue to study potential risk factors like the environment, physical activity, nutrition and brain fitness. September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a global effort to increase awareness…

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Looking for a Rewarding Experience? Consider Working with Older Adults!

If you’ve never worked with older adults, you may be missing out on an experience that can change your life for the better. Individuals who work in senior living communities often feel that they get back as much or more than they give. In return for providing compassionate care, employees have the opportunity to learn…

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10 Tips for Communicating with Individuals with Dementia

Individuals living with dementia experience the disorder differently, and their care partners often feel the impact of the symptoms in a variety of ways. In the middle stage of the disorder, communication is one of the key skills affected. The deterioration of expression often occurs just as people with dementia require increasing levels of help…

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