Learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia can be overwhelming and telling the loved about it can be overwhelming. The Alzheimer’s Association has some suggestions on how to go about telling the person who has received the diagnosis. Continue reading “Learning of an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis” »
Those of us who care for clients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias or have family members struggling with this disease know how challenging it can be to comfort them when they are anxious or agitated.
A few years ago Anne Marie Rowe got the idea to have a special quilt made for her father who had Alzheimer’s. She noticed that just as children are soothed by a favorite blanket, her father had special objects or routines that seemed to calm him when he would get distressed. She had some quilters make her a special blanket that included buttons, zippers and pockets with different textures for her father to hold and work with. His response to this blanket was so positive that Anne Marie started The Fidget Quilt Project to help those suffering from Alzheimer’s and their families. Continue reading “Fidget Quilts for Seniors with Dementia” »
Aspen Senior Care’s monthly in-service for August covered an important topic – keeping seniors hydrated, which was presented by Dana Mutch, an RN specializing in elderly care. Dehydration among seniors is a serious health problem that is often overlooked until it becomes a medical emergency. Dehydration in the elderly can lead to: Continue reading “Aspen Senior Care Encourages Seniors to stay Hydrated” »
Being a family caregiver takes a lot of time and energy , so when families hear about making sure their elderly parents’ legal affairs are in order, it’s often something that gets overlooked in the day to day tasks of care-giving. There are, however, important legal documents that seniors and their caregivers (whether family caregivers or professional caregivers) should have and refer to when making medical decisions. Many people don’t think about these types of medical decisions until an emergency happens and decisions need to be made quickly. Not having a plan in place could mean that seniors’ wishes about medical care aren’t known or honored, or even worse, having their children have to go to court for the right to make their parents’ wishes followed.
Music is the universal language.
In individuals suffering from dementia, music has a way of reaching back in time and awakening memories. Many of Aspen Senior Care’s caregivers use music regularly with their clients to lift and brighten their moods. Some current studies have even shown what family members and caregivers have known for years: music has an incredible ability to calm, uplift and revive.
It’s very important for family caregivers to understand the difference between 24-Hr Hourly Care and 24-Hr Live-in Care. Many people think it’s similar care with live-in care being a lot less expensive. However, there are a number of differences that seniors and their family member should be aware of. Quality of care and caregivers being the main differences.
Aspen Senior Care has a sister company: Aspen Senior Center in Provo! The Aspen Senior Center in Provo is a day program especially designed for people with dementia. Family caregivers can drop their loved one off in the morning knowing that they will be well taken care of, with a variety of activities, lunch and snacks throughout the day, and then pick them up in the afternoon.
In a study conducted several years ago, Dr. Charles C. Hall and colleagues looked at how learning and brain-stimulating activities can increase cognitive reserves in people who developed Alzheimer’s. The study involved 488 people with an average age of 79 and followed them for 5 years, with assessments done every 12 to 18 months. The researchers looked at how many cognitive activities were done a day and then how many days a week. Some of the activities were reading, writing, crossword puzzles, board or card games, group discussions, or playing music.
Nephi and Leona Fitzgerald are wonderful people! They always great you with a smile and a joke! Nephi’s latest joke is:Question: What did the mama shot gun say to the papa shot gun? Answer: We’re going to have a BB.
Aspen Senior Center in Provo is Utah’s finest activity day center! We provide respite for family caregivers caring for loved ones at home and our clients who come have an enjoyable time. Here are some of the benefits of those who come regularly: