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Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2020

How to have a conversation with parents about memory care

Has one of your parents been diagnosed with dementia? Do they live alone or are they caring for each other? If you’re noticing troubling signs, it may be time to have a memory care conversation with them.

These talks are often difficult and avoided until necessity requires them to happen. But evading the topic doesn’t make the problem go away. In fact, a serious health condition or injury can worsen and result in a crisis for the family.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2020

5 signs that memory care may be needed

Living with a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s has no doubt required you to be both compassionate and flexible. You’ve accepted the changes and adjusted to those in your own life as well. And as this is a progressive disease, more, not less, care and attention will be required.

As your family moves through the different stages of Alzheimer’s, you might be recognizing that some day your loved one may need more care than you can provide. You may find yourself searching for signs that you need memory care help, or wondering when you should begin looking.  

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Moving to maintenance-free living? Ideas for your newfound free time

If you’ve made the decision to relocate after retirement, you’re likely becoming familiar with all the benefits of independent living. You should find all of these advantages and more when you discover the right community.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

First steps to take after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis

If your loved one has received an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, you may find yourselves at a loss for what to do next. A diagnosis of a cognitive illness can leave everyone feeling dazed and it will take some time to reset and begin moving forward.

Reviewing the following steps may help provide guidance to families currently experiencing this situation. And a roadmap to help plan for what the future may bring.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Celebrating the holidays even if the family can’t all be together

The 2020 holiday season is around the corner but this year will no doubt be different. The pandemic has not only left its mark on our daily lives, but its touch will also be felt as families consider how to celebrate.

Holidays and Covid-19 don’t mix well together. Gathering everyone around the table may increase the contagious risk so many may choose instead to forego the celebration or at least to scale it down.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

A day in the life of a memory care resident

If you’re beginning to notice that more care is needed for your loved one with Alzheimer’s than you can provide at home, you may be researching what options are available.

One to consider is a memory care community. If you have no or little experience with residential care, you owe it to you both to discover what life there can offer.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

7 steps you can take to minimize falling

The risk of falling increases when you grow older and may be much more common than you think. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one in four older Americans falls every year. This is also the leading cause of injuries for people over the age of 65.

The consequences of falling are often more serious than if we take a spill when we’re younger. Instead of bruises or cuts, the results might be hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. But another danger is that the outcomes are not all physical. When seniors fall they may become more fearful and start minimizing their activities or not leave home because they’re afraid it will happen again.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2020

Conversation starters when visiting a loved one with Alzheimer’s

If you have a friend or loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, one challenge you’ll face as the disease progresses is finding ways to communicate.

Patience and compassion will be needed as you try to interact with those struggling to find the words they’re searching for or when they forget what they wanted to say.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

5 compelling reasons to consider a move to senior living

As you reach retirement and look to the future, you may find yourself exploring options. Discovering the ones right for you, however, can take some time.

One of the first to consider is where you want to live. Will you be staying in your current home and neighborhood? Are you thinking of moving to be closer to your adult children? Or are you looking for a change that can provide everything you need for a new lifestyle?

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Person-centered care: What it is and the difference it can make

Memory care communities provide support to help their residents feel at home. But those with Alzheimer’s are also dealing with an illness that can strip away not only their memories but their independence and dignity.

Those communities who practice person-centered care provide an opportunity for their residents to live once again with the self-respect that they deserve.    

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Fall container gardening: tips to enjoy the season’s colors

Fall is in the air. You’ve no doubt noticed the early subtleties as summer slipped away to make room. The temperatures have dipped a little lower, the long hours of daylight are noticeably shorter and the leaves are popping with brilliant colors.

A change of season is the perfect time to give your patio or deck a new look. Fall container gardening can help you celebrate this favorite time of year. Take a moment and imagine replacing the tired plantings and wilting flowers with the colors, shapes and textures of autumn.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

High-tech memory care: the role it can play for those with dementia

It seems almost impossible to live in today’s world without the advantages of technology. It can make life easier, although there are no denying glitches and spotty Wi-Fi can be challenging. Whether we’re connecting with old friends with our smartphones or no longer getting lost thanks to the GPS in our cars, technology has made a difference.  

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

7 steps to help maintain your independence

If you asked what’s important to people as they grow older, remaining independent would be near, if not the number one factor identified by many.

As time passes, we may begin to fear that we won’t be able to take care of ourselves. But while life can often get in the way of our best made plans, there is still much that we do control.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

How a memory care community can help your loved one stay engaged

One common but unfortunate misperception about those who live with Alzheimer’s is that they are no longer capable of appreciating an engaged life.

That is not only misguided, but the effects resulting from that belief can be detrimental to their health.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

5 Fall activities to help you enjoy the season

The last several months have been extraordinary as we all continue to navigate COVID-19. Time may have felt as if it stood still while we lived with the restrictions. But now that Summer is coming to a close, the favorite season of many is just around the corner.  

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

7 answers to commonly asked memory care questions

If you’ve been caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you likely have questions about what will happen as the illness progresses. Many families find that memory support communities, a specialized type of care, can be the best next step once the needs of the person exceed the kind of care you can provide at home.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Why the best aging-in-place may occur in independent living communities

When adults aged 50+ were asked in an AARP survey where they would like to grow older, 3 out of 4 said they wanted to stay in their homes and communities. Otherwise known as aging-in-place, it’s not an uncommon response. But the problem? Many of those surveyed didn’t see that option working out for them.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

6 challenges and solutions: Caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s while still working

Juggling work while caregiving for a parent can be a challenge. But if your loved one has Alzheimer’s, the mountain ahead is likely steeper and much more difficult to climb.

How can you keep your footing, especially when you can’t be at home with them?  

The first step is to educate yourself. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease so you’ll need to prepare for each stage and the challenges you may face. Flexibility on your part is key.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

3 healthy benefits of joining group exercise classes

For most of us, it’s hard to get excited when it comes time to exercise. We can all agree that physical activity is important to our health and should be a part of our daily routine. Yet it’s still much easier to find an excuse than to motivate ourselves to start moving.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020

Discover Alzheimer’s community care - when cognitive needs exceed what home care can provide

If you’re a caregiver for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s, you’re aware of all the challenges that can arise. As a progressive disease, the behavior changes and care needs typically increase together. For many families, the time will come when a determination will need to be made about what is best for their loved ones – whether to continue care at home or to arrange for care in a Memory Support community.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The value of friendships as we grow older and the role Independent Living can play

As we go through life, friendships continue to play an important role. From childhood to adulthood, we need social interaction, no matter what our age may be. Without it, our physical and emotional health can both suffer.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

5 ways Independent Living can lead to a healthier and happier life

Have you ever considered moving into an Independent Living community? There can be as many reasons as there are retirees who live there. But there are also some primary benefits that are advantageous for everyone.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Can’t agree on a retirement lifestyle? Consider Independent Living for the perfect solution

Whether the day of retirement has arrived or is on the horizon, the lifestyle you’ve dreamed about is within reach. Maybe you’ve imagined yourself sleeping in mornings or relaxing with a good book in the afternoons. Or is it spending more time with the grandkids or volunteering with an organization whose cause you hold close to your heart.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The value of respite care: Benefits to caregivers and their loved ones

There are two priorities when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. One is providing the best care possible. The other is taking care of yourself so you are able to be there when needed. When caregivers neglect their own health, everyone is impacted.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Do you have what it takes to be a super-ager? 5 tips if you’d like to try

As you grow older, you no doubt have heard about how best to age well and the actions you can take. But you may not be familiar with those who push this idea much further. They are what we call super-agers.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Signs of caregiver stress and how to manage

If you’re involved in the care of someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you may find yourself in the most difficult role you’ve ever played.

Becoming a caregiver is challenging. But when the illness causes a progressive decline in behavior, function and ability to understand, stress levels can rise until they’re unhealthy.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Discover the elegance that Independent Living can offer for a refined and sophisticated lifestyle

If you’re a new retiree or soon to be, you’ve likely been looking forward to spending the days with your grandchildren, traveling or creating your second act. You may also be ready to leave the stress of homeownership, including the endless maintenance, behind.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

7 signs your loved one may need community care

Has the time come when your loved one needs more care than you can provide?

Those living with a progressive disease such as Alzheimer’s or dementia may develop behaviors that make it difficult to keep up with or keep them safe. They often will require a level of increased care that can no longer be accomplished at home, eventually losing the quality of life they and you both deserve.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Bring your workout indoors: 5 great exercise options you can perform at home

Despite your best intentions to stay active and exercise, there are some obstacles that we have no control over. COVID-19 is one of them. Since everyone has been inside and it’s still not clear when exercise rooms and other common areas will be open, it’s more important than ever to find ways to meet your physical goals while at home.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

5 ways to help someone with Alzheimer’s sleep better

All of us have experienced a restless night when we found it hard to fall or stay asleep. If we ever doubted the importance of rest, we are reminded first-hand as we struggle through the next day with brain fog and an inability to think clearly.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

5 ways to help someone with Alzheimer’s sleep better

All of us have experienced a restless night when we found it hard to fall or stay asleep. If we ever doubted the importance of rest, we are reminded first-hand as we struggle through the next day with brain fog and an inability to think clearly.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

9 reasons seniors should embrace a move to Independent Living

What’s your definition of a great retirement? Most people have been looking forward to a life where they can let go of some of the responsibilities of careers and raising a family. Now that it’s near, it’s exciting to think the time waiting ahead is yours to fill.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Financial and legal planning after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis

For most adults, making sure their life affairs are in order is a priority. But for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the passage of time can become even more of a critical factor. Having the opportunity to express their wishes and make their own decisions is a gift that can quickly be lost.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

How Independent Living helps seniors make friends and avoid social isolation

We all need social interaction to thrive. But as we grow older, unfortunately, that can become more difficult, instead of easier to accomplish. Vital to both physical and emotional health, our ability to connect with others is a priority. Understanding the effects of social isolation and what preventive actions we can take are the first steps to aging well.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

7 ways to improve quality of life for a loved one with Alzheimer’s

It’s a tragic mistake to assume someone living with Alzheimer’s can no longer have a good quality of life. Those with a cognitive illness will face certain unique challenges but no one should be defined by a diagnosis. When it comes to what is needed to experience happiness and joy, it turns out that we’re all very similar.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020

The emotional benefits of cooking

Food plays multiple roles in our lives. At its most basic, we need it for our very survival. Nutrition also influences our physical and emotional health and can sink or boost our moods. What we eat can give us something to look forward to or even make us feel better afterward.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Sensory Stimulation: the benefits and over 20 ideas to connect

All of us respond to our senses. Whether it’s a gentle touch or tasting food that reminds us of our childhood, sensory stimulation can activate many memories. Taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch are the 5 major senses and we use a combination of them to understand our surroundings. We need stimulation, although a healthy person will also spend much of a day tuning out and into our environments as we interact with the world.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Exploring your creative side: 5 benefits of communicating with art

While most of us appreciate the beauty that art adds to our lives, it often remained in the background while we were busy with careers and raising children. Fortunately, retirement can change all of that.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Staying connected while socially isolating

Our “new normal” is anything but, however, there are plenty of ways to participate in life without ever leaving the safety of your home. You can visit places that aren’t even open during the pandemic, attend events taking place near and far, learn something new (and check it off your bucket list) or just enjoy a little movie binging.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Positive Affect of Music and Memory

For those diagnosed or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, music can play a meaningful role. We know music’s power in relieving anxiety but research has also discovered that the areas in the brain that house our musical memories may remain relatively undamaged by the cognitive disease. Functioning differently than our other memories, we’ve also learned that certain activities, like singing, may actually help to stimulate them.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020

Suggestions for older adults to minimize Coronavirus exposure

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now officially spread in the U.S. to all 50 states, medical professionals and government agencies continue to work together to limit exposure and risk. At Ingleside, we too are closely monitoring the virus and its effects in order to provide the best care and support possible for our residents and staff.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Benefits of pet therapy for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia

The physical and mental health advantages of pet ownership are well known. Taking care of a dog can get us outside for walks and, along with other pets, have been found to lift our moods as well as lower our blood pressure and cholesterol levels. When we share our lives with animals, our quality of life improves as they help us manage loneliness and depression and often increase our opportunities for socialization.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Financial and Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia may feel that someone has sped up the clock of time. Pressing items now fight for attention as you try to make sense of what has happened. But as this progressive illness will bring a continued decline in cognitive abilities, it’s important to ensure all legal and financial affairs are in order.

Scheduling a meeting with your attorney and financial advisor is recommended as soon as possible to review all of the applicable documents. To help organize your records as well as gain an overview of your expenses and assets, the Alzheimer’s Association provides this legal and financial Worksheet to help get you started.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Independent living: A day in the life

A day in the life today...Waking up in the morning, you find yourself smiling as you remember you’ll be meeting friends at an exercise class in an hour. You almost laugh because you still don’t know when staying physically fit became something you actually looked forward to.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Adapting interactions if your loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia

If a loved one or friend has been diagnosed with a cognitive illness and you have no previous experience, you may want to begin by educating yourself. As the disease progresses, understanding how to respond to what is happening in the brain might help you feel more confident as you interact together.

The best advice is to always be patient, compassionate and flexible. And be prepared to pivot and adapt as behavior and capabilities can quickly change. The following are some suggestions for how you might prepare to engage with someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, especially in communication and responding to behaviors.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Why independent living? Here are the top 10 reasons

Is your current home getting in the way of how you want to live? Are you tired of climbing stairs, spending money on maintenance or wishing your kids could just come for a visit instead of tackling your to-do list? The good news is that there are more options available today than there have ever been. And one of them can solve all of these problems simply by moving into an Independent Living community.

If you’re not familiar with what the best communities have to offer, you may be surprised to find that they have thought of everything. In fact, here are 10 of the top reasons that the right community may be just the answer you’ve been looking for.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Predictive genetic testing for Alzheimer’s

If members of your family have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s not an uncommon fear that you may be predisposed to develop the disease. You likely have many questions, including whether it is predominantly genetic or if there is a test that can identify your risk.

Although cognitive impairments are complex and neither an exact cause nor treatment is yet clear, there is genetic testing. However, the Alzheimer’s Association outlines several points they believe you should consider before deciding on receiving a test.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Dealing with difficult dementia behavior

When taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the challenges often seem overwhelming. They can say things you don’t understand or know how to respond to, such as when they continue to ask to go home. Managing dementia behavior isn’t easy. Although the person you once knew may now act in ways that are uncharacteristic, knowing how to respond can make a big difference. 

Here are 5 recommendations to consider when you find yourself caught in difficult interactions.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Telling friends and family about the dementia diagnosis: 5 ways to prepare

One of the tasks you’ll have to face not long after your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia is telling family and close friends. Not everyone will respond in the same way, of course, and some reactions may cause disappointment. It can help to realize that they initially may feel fear, anger or unsure of how to respond or what role you may be expecting them to play.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Understanding the Behavior Behind Dementia

When someone you love has Alzheimer’s or dementia, the most difficult experience may occur in only a moment, but it will never be forgotten. Looking into the eyes of a spouse, parent, or life-long friend and realizing they no longer recognize who you are is heartbreaking.

Although it’s hard to accept, it’s also essential to remember the person you once knew is as helpless in this situation as you are. The disease is in control now. But understanding how this unfolds may help you better comprehend the behavior and not take it personally.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Ingleside Difference

We understand the difficulties that arrive with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Our experience with helping individuals and their families forms the background of our knowledge and compassionate response to those who may find themselves on this challenging road.

In the beginning stages of the disease, individuals are often cared for at home. As time passes, caregivers may reach out to other family members, neighbors or friends to help fill in where needed. Outside home services may be brought in or day centers could be utilized. But as the illness continues to progress, the day most likely will come when the help of trained professionals, programs and residential care will be needed. Do you know which type of community can provide the best lifestyle for your loved one?

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