Memory Care

Seven signs your loved one may require the help of a memory care community

seven signs may require memory care community

Feeling intimidated by the thought that your loved one might need memory care? You’re not alone. Here are some signs when you might want to pursue professional memory care: Cognitive issues. If you notice your loved one having trouble with tasks or activities that they used to be able to do easily, this could be a…

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Housing options for older adults

housing options for older adults

If you have an older relative you are caring for, or you’re considering senior housing for yourself, you’ve likely felt overwhelmed by all the choices out there. What are the different options and how do you know which is the right one? Here’s a quick overview of the four most common options for senior care.…

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Eat Pasta and Help Those with Alzheimer’s, Sept. 26

Eat pasta and help those with alzheimers.

Baked, stuffed or twirled? Meatless and cheesy or hearty and spicy? Whatever your preference, you can get your fill of starchy goodness while helping those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Residents and their families, as well as area professionals, are invited to attend AlmaVia of San Francisco’s Annual Pasta Feed and Silent…

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Sadie Harmon Joins ECA as Dementia-Inclusive Communities Director

Sadie Harmon

In August, Sadie Harmon joined Elder Care Alliance as Dementia-Inclusive Communities Director. This initiative, supported by a generous grant from The San Francisco Foundation, aims to combat ageism and stigma against people living with dementia through access to arts and culture. Making Connections Between Art and Aging Over the next year, Harmon will organize six…

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Movie Moments Event Helps Erase Stigma of Memory Loss

Individuals with dementia have unique life experiences, and they can continue to contribute by sharing their wisdom, humor and insight. At the latest “Movie Moments” event on Aug. 14, that message of inclusion — and erasing the stigma surrounding memory challenges — came through loud and clear. “Movie Moments at the Vogue” is a popular…

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Summit Explores LGBT Dementia Care During National Pride Month

Guest blog by Margaret “Gary” Bender, memory care specialist, Elder Care Alliance Earlier this month, I attended an LGBT Dementia Care Summit that brought together service providers, community members and policymakers to look at opportunities to meet the needs of those facing dementia while working toward forming a network of dementia-capable services for the LGBT…

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How a Dementia Diagnosis Relates to Medication Use

Are individuals diagnosed with dementia more likely to receive inappropriate medications? A recent study provides troubling evidence that the use of unnecessary medications increases following a diagnosis. The University of Sydney study — conducted with the University of Kentucky and Yale University, and published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences — followed almost 2,500…

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

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

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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