Alzheimer's Care: Tips for Coping With New Behaviors

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 24, 2017 9:41:00 AM

Alzheimer's CareWhen caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you’re likely going to face new challenges and behaviors as the disease progresses. They may start hiding items that are important to them or wandering more often. It’s important to remember that their reality, while decidedly real to them, may be very different from our own. And while you may not be able to change the new behaviors, you can learn how to better cope with them to address your loved one’s changing needs.

Here are a few tips for coping with some of the common behaviors you may see from your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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Discovering Comfort in a Memory Care Community [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 31, 2017 11:21:57 AM

“What gives me hope, is the fact that when Marcia moved here, immediately people surrounded her and bonded with her,” reminisces Garry Wright, the husband of a memory care resident at Villa at Terracina in Naples, Florida. “When I actually went to leave, she didn’t say ‘Take me with you, where are you going?’ and that made me feel very good.”

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Questions to Ask When Touring Memory Care Communities

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 26, 2017 2:42:12 PM

“When you are taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s, at some point in time, you know little things are going to start getting worse,” says Garry, the husband of a memory care resident at Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Naples, Florida. “For me, one of those was the first time she wandered. So, I had to make that decision, the hardest decision of my life.”

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Understanding Wandering and Dementia: Our Tips for Caregivers

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 10, 2017 11:01:59 AM

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in ten people with dementia will wander. It is a common occurrence. However, the term wandering isn’t always an accurate description of what’s really going on. Most people with dementia — just like those without dementia — have a purpose in mind when they set out on a walk. It just may be that their purpose gets waylaid.

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Memory Care Advice From a Loving Husband [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Sep 28, 2017 11:53:25 AM

“My advice would be to get as much information about the disease as you possibly can so that you understand the things your loved one is doing and why they are doing them,” says Joe Bonanno, the husband of a resident at Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Naples, Florida. “Always remember that it’s the disease that is causing them to do that, not the person.”

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Memory Care Advice: Answering the Uncomfortable Questions

Posted by The Goodman Group on Sep 22, 2017 1:37:54 PM

“When can I go home?”

“What is this place?”

“Why are you leaving me here?”

These are examples of some of the difficult questions that memory care residents may ask their family, friends, and caretakers. To many of us, the questions can feel heartbreaking. However, there are compassionate and meaningful ways to handle them.

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Memory Care: How to Ease the Transition for Your Loved One

Posted by The Goodman Group on Aug 25, 2017 9:31:34 AM

Determining the appropriate time to move your loved one into a memory care community is a difficult decision. “You know it’s coming, but you don’t let yourself go there and you keep denying it,” says Garry Wright, whose wife Marcia now lives at Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Naples, Florida. “I couldn’t do it physically or mentally anymore, so I had to make the hardest decision of my life.”  But once you decide that is best for the entire family, there are a number of proven ways to make the transition as smooth and easy as possible.

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Memory Care Tips: 4 Things We Do to Alleviate Sundowning

Posted by The Goodman Group on Aug 17, 2017 9:25:35 AM

For the majority of our lives, we are bound by routines. We go to work, we make dinner, we wrangle the kids, etc. It’s no wonder that when we retire and stop this daily grind that we feel we should be doing certain things at specific times of the day. For those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, this can often lead to a feeling of restlessness that manifests itself in the late stages of the afternoon and evening. It is referred to as sundowning.

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Memory Care: Understanding the Caregiver's Journey [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Aug 8, 2017 9:14:33 AM

“I love him and I don’t want to be lonely,” reflects Linda Walsh-Klein, the wife of memory care day care participant at Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Florida. “I think I’m selfish because I know that he’s probably going to do just fine. It’s me who will struggle. I’m going to have to learn how to live without him and that’s the hardest thing, I think.”

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Addressing Guilt When Your Loved One Has Dementia [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Aug 1, 2017 9:03:17 AM

“I have been with Marcia for over 30 years, being as close as any two people could be,” said Garry Wright, husband of Marcia, a resident at Villa at Terracina in Naples, Florida. “It’s very difficult to suddenly say I am not going to be with you anymore. I think that anybody who puts their loved one into memory care feels guilt regardless of how nice the community is.”

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