Memory Care Program at Elder Care Alliance

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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LGBT Dementia Care Pride with Elder Care Alliance

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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Medication Management for Seniors with Dementia

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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Senior living caregiver at Elder Care Alliance working with dementia patient

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 for Senior Citizens

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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senior woman comforts worried senior man

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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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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Seniors spending the holidays with loved ones

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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