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Top 10 Best TV Shows to Binge Watch When You Need to Pass the Time

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Mar 7, 2018 9:11:39 AM

As many of you know, Netflix and chill is becoming more and more popular every day. Personally, my favorite pastime is to binge watch a 7 season/24 Ep. show in one sitting. Now this takes time, commitment, stretching, grocery shopping prior to my binge, and shower breaks (recommended).

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Meaningful Connections

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Aug 9, 2016 3:08:25 PM

When a person is diagnosed with dementia it can feel like a death. The person you once had a relationship with, based on shared memories and experiences, seems to be slipping away as their ability to make new memories slowly disappears. How do you still engage, when the means by which you once connected seems to be fading? A person with a dementia diagnosis may be losing skills and abilities.  However, just as you continue to have a desire to connect, your loved one’s need for meaningful connection also remains.  They may no longer be able to initiate these connections and the means of connection may need to be different. A shift in your thinking may be required. Studies have shown that keeping someone with dementia active and engaged promotes a sense of self-worth, and can even keep that person independent longer. The search for new ways of connecting now begins.

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Tags: connections, communication, Dementia, eldercare, how to help, memory loss, seniors, Support, support for aging parents

Nourishing Life in Assisted Living

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Sep 18, 2015 12:06:43 PM

September 13-19th is National Assisted Living Week. The theme for this year is “Nourishing Life: Mind, Body, Spirit.” In twelve years of working in senior care, I have seen many situations where Assisted Living communities have truly nourished life for seniors.

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Tags: activities of daily living, aging, aging parents, exercise, Therapy, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Knoxville, cognitive stimulation, eldercare, National assisted living week, Senior care

Questions to ask BEFORE Hiring a Caregiver

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Sep 4, 2015 11:44:26 AM

I want to start by saying I'm writing this not only as an Aging Life Care Professional™, but also as a daughter of someone that has in home care. Once help is needed in the home the situation is usually pretty stressful. Your loved one may be against the thought of "hired help", or even in denial of the fact that they need it. Hiring a caregiver for your loved one can be scary. The questions go on and on: Can you trust them? Do they have enough experience? Should I use a company or hire them privately?

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The Who, What, and When of Independent Living

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Aug 28, 2015 5:00:06 PM

What is independent living?

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Tags: General, Senior care Knoxville, Choices in Senior Care, eldercare, Independent Living Knoxville, indepentdent living, Knoxville, Planning for the future, Senior care

The Benefits of Music for People Living With Dementia

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Aug 14, 2015 10:54:06 AM

Many industry professionals favor using a form of therapy for dementia patients that involves therapeutic music and personalized playlists with iPods.

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Tags: aging, alternative therapy, Alzheimer's, caregiving, quality of life, Therapy, Dementia, eldercare, memory care, music therapy

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