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How To Care For Someone With Schizophrenia (At Home Care Guide)

Schizophrenia can be one of the most difficult mental illnesses to face— and a lot of that comes from the stigma set forth by society. But schizophrenia is a highly treatable and manageable disorder when done right. And one of the most significant success factors for people with schizophrenia is getting the proper support and care from their friends, family, and caregivers. Getting the proper care and treatment can ensure …

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12 Tips to Relieve Stress of Caring for Elderly Parents

Caregiver stress is a real thing, and while it carries a lot of the similar symptoms of regular stress from a job or other situation—it can be worse because it also combines with grief, pressure, and all of the worry that comes with aging parents. The adult children or relatives of elderly parents feel a whole new realm of stress by taking on an unexpected caregiver role. But self-care, support …

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Assisted Living vs. Memory Care: What’s The Difference?

When you’re looking for a place for your loved one, you may be wondering where to begin. From in-home health care and nursing homes to assisted living and memory care, which is the right one? And what’s the difference? While it can significantly depend on the level of care you or a loved one needs, some major differences between assisted living and memory care are vital to know and make …

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How To (Gently) Transition An Alzheimer’s Patient To Memory Care (Step By Step)

Making the transition into memory care can be a tough one. From the change of scenery and lifestyle to the anxiety and confusion associated with Alzheimer’s disease, your loved one may not adjust well to the move. Luckily, there are some ways to alleviate the pain of the move and make it a gentle transition. We’ve gathered some great tips to ease your loved one into memory care and make …

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What Is Sundowning: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments (2022 Caregivers Guide)

Nighttime can be significantly challenging for dementia patients and their caregivers. This is because of “sundowning,” which can occur in the mid to late stages of dementia. Sundowning occurs at, you guessed, sundown. Many things can cause it, but most importantly, the anxiety and restlessness that comes with it can make it challenging to calm someone with dementia. Today we’re sharing tips on effectively calming someone down at night when …

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How to Talk to Someone with Dementia: Caregiver Tips

Trying to learn the best methods on how to talk to someone with dementia?  Memory is the most commonly associated symptom of dementia, but did you know language is also highly affected? People with dementia, particularly those with the less common Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), will experience direct effects on the part of the brain in charge of communication. As someone enters the later stages of dementia, they may become non-verbal. …

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7+ Effective Cognitive Exercises to Help Slow Dementia

Looking for the best cognitive exercises for dementia patients? Unfortunately there is no cure for dementia, but there are many incredibly effective exercises known to help combat it. As we age, our memory often declines, and for those with dementia, it can decline quite rapidly. But with the right care and the proper physical and cognitive exercises, the progression of dementia can be slowed while improving quality of life! How …

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7 Stages of Dementia: When to Transition to Memory Care

Dementia is not something that just appears one day. It can take weeks, months, or years to progress into a form of dementia that requires memory care. Dementia is also misconstrued as a singular disease, but it’s actually a grouping of symptoms that can drastically affect brain function. Everything from making decisions to performing daily tasks becomes difficult as dementia advances, and most commonly, memory loss is a tell-tale symptom. …

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Dementia and Driving: When to Take Away the Keys

Getting your driver’s license is the first satisfying rush of freedom we get when we’re young. It allows us to be independent away from our families for the first time. It’s one of the greatest joys of our young lives. But it’s also one of the first things to be taken away when we get older. As we age and are unable to safely and independently get ourselves around, driving …

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20 Top Activities for People with Dementia

Dementia is a complex disease that affects the mind and body. It robs people of their memories, sense of self, and eventually life. However, there is still hope for those with dementia through various therapies. Many activities can help improve the quality of life for those with dementia: from cognitive exercises like reading or puzzles to sensory exercises like knitting or crafts. People with dementia need as much stimulation as …

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