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Community Counts: How Local Resources Support the Families of People Experiencing Memory Loss

If your loved one is experiencing memory loss, you’re likely familiar with the significant challenges this condition presents—things about them that have always been familiar to you may be changing, and their needs can be different from one day to the next. As the disease progresses, you might feel isolated and overwhelmed by the support […]

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Finding the Words: Tips for Communicating with a Person Experiencing Memory Loss

Talking to a loved one who’s experiencing memory loss or dementia can be a challenging or frustrating experience. Your loved one might not only have trouble recalling recent events but also could struggle to follow conversations or find the right words to express themselves. The Seniors At Home Center for Dementia Care works with families

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Understanding Sundown Syndrome

By Dr. Catherine Madison, Neurologist at Seniors At Home’s Center for Dementia Care “Sundowning”, or sundown syndrome, is a common condition that affects up to 80% of people with dementia at some point in the course of their illness. Patients with dementia who sundown become confused and agitated in the late afternoon and evening hours,

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When and How to Ask an Older Adult to Stop Driving

Driving is one of our greatest expressions of independence. But for many older adults, there comes a time when age-related conditions make it impossible to drive safely. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the rate of fatal accidents per mile of driving increases steadily for drivers 65 and older. How do you know if

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Keeping Cozy: Helping Your Older Loved One Stay Warm, Dry, and Connected This Fall

Fall is here! The leaves are changing colors, pumpkins are appearing on doorsteps, and the days are growing shorter. California’s autumns may not be as dramatic as those in the Midwest or East Coast, but our change of seasons is lovely in its own right. The same early sunsets and damp weather that make fall

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Bridging the Gap: The Value of Comprehensive Dementia Support for Families

Dawn was barely keeping her head above water a year ago. The COVID-19 lockdowns were well underway, she was juggling a considerable teaching load and research demands as a University professor, and she was caring for her mother, who has dementia. As a result, Dawn was living on overdrive, and she was struggling. Fortunately, she

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Caregiver Burnout: Signs That It’s Time for Some Self-Care

A family caregiver’s job is one of love and dedication, but it comes with great responsibility and a fair amount of stress—even under “normal” conditions. Add in the unparalleled concerns associated with a pandemic, and self-care has become imperative for caregivers. In AARP’s recent report, thirty-six percent of family caregivers characterized their situation as highly

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How to Have a Successful Video Call with a Loved One Who Has Dementia

By Andrea Korsunsky, BSW, Director of Seniors At Home’s Center for Dementia Care Finding ways to stay connected with people we care about is perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of life during COVID-19. When you have a loved one who has dementia, virtual communication can be especially daunting—but it is also extremely important. While

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