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Top 8 Gifts for Adults Living with Dementia

Posted by Zach Wegman on Nov 30, 2017 3:14:57 PM

 

If you are anything like me, shopping for the holidays or special occassions is a nerve-wracking and anxiety-producing experience. Finding the perfect gift is completely impossible. Finding an acceptable gift is an almost Herculean task that requires stamina, determination, and luck. Whether it is for Christmas, Birthday, or even just because, buying a present can be stressful. Buying a gift for your loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer's is no different. To help you find an acceptable and maybe even perfect gift, I’ve gathered a list of 8 great ideas:

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Tags: Alzheimer's, caregiving, Senior care Knoxville, Dementia, Dementia Support, Holidays, memory care, Senior care, Senior Living, gift giving, vintage, personalized, personalized gifts, presents, gifts, shopping

Preparing Meals That Can Be Safely Swallowed...

Posted by Jen W on Dec 22, 2016 2:12:55 PM

Holidays often mean spending family gatherings around the dinner table to enjoy favorite foods and traditions.   Meal times are enjoyable social times, but when health issues affect one’s ability to safely swallow or lack of coordination and cognitive challenges make getting food where it belongs a difficult task, these enjoyable times can become embarrassing and stressful.  With a little thoughtful pre-planning and creative adjustment to some old family favorites, joy can return to the dinner table.

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, education, Assisted Living, care management, cognitive benefits, Dementia, dining with dignity, easy meals, health, Holidays, medical, resources, senior safety, seniors, Support

Addressing Grief During the Holidays

Posted by Jen W on Dec 13, 2016 4:39:08 PM

I've written about grief before, and I think I mentioned how weird it is; how it can lay dormant and you practically forget about it but then....something happens or you hear a song or smell a fragrance or it just pops up out of that nowhere it was and boom! It grabs you and envelops you afresh. That is just how grief does.

The holidays can be particularly difficult, especially if this is the first Christmas or the first birthday or the first whatever was special for you. Can I please give you permission to feel the grief? I think it just gets stronger and holds you tighter in its grip the more you try to push it away, wish it away or ignore it. So let's hold hands for a moment and talk about this thing called grief.

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Tags: education, grief, grief during the holidays, Holidays, meaningful connections

Embracing Teamwork by Collaboration

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Dec 6, 2016 11:41:48 AM

Part of our responsibility as Aging Life Care™ Professionals is to collaborate together, knowing that we are stronger together.  This is one of our core values at Choices in Senior Care and we commit ourselves to doing this routinely.  With the Holiday season upon us, our experience has shown that this is a time filled with many wonderful memories for our clients and their families.  This is also a time when many of our clients and families are seeing each other for the first time after a good period of time.

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Tags: aging, caregiving, Holidays, how to help, meaningful connections, socialization, Support, support for aging parents

Thinking “outside the box” when it comes to gift giving for seniors!

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Nov 29, 2016 2:29:44 PM

Are you plagued with questions about what to get the parent or grandparent who has everything? How about some "outside the box" ideas to make holiday gift giving a little less stressful and more special:

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Tags: aging, aging in place, caregiving, Holidays, how to help, meaningful connections, seniors, support for seniors

Sharing the Holidays with Persons Living With Dementia

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Oct 26, 2016 11:16:04 AM

Dementia is not a disease, it’s a condition that affects the entire range of thinking abilities.  It is not just a memory or recall problem.  According to The World Health Organization’s criteria for diagnosing dementia, it is “a gradual loss of memory and of the ability to form and organize ideas, severe enough to interfere with activities of daily living, and present for at least six months”.

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Tags: aging, caregiving, Dementia, Holidays, Support, gifts

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