Memory Care

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month: Advance Directives Make Wishes Clear

While no cure currently exists for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, new treatments have begun to emerge as researchers make progress into the mechanisms behind the disease. Elder Care Alliance is committed to supporting innovation and research that improve quality of life for older adults, especially those living with dementia. The Impact of Alzheimer’s…

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Dementia-Specific Advance Directives and Health Care Decisions Day

If you’ve provided care for a loved one living with dementia, you know how important it is to tackle the discussion of how medical decisions will be made as cognitive abilities decline – but it can be a challenging conversation. When individuals become unable to make their own decisions, who should take on that role…

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Dementia caregiver class focuses on safety, care planning, financial, legal matters

The California Central Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a free “Care Planning, Financial and Legal Matters, Safety Issues and Driving” workshop on April 17 at AlmaVia of Camarillo. The workshop is part of the association’s Confident Caregiver Series for family caregivers of people living with dementia. Attendees will hear from those directly affected…

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Dementia and Sleep Disorders

Individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia sometimes have trouble sleeping, or they sleep on irregular schedules. The reasons for such sleep disturbances are unclear, but medical experts say there are strategies that can help. March 11 kicks off the annual Sleep Awareness Week — sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation — to educate…

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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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