Resident Spotlight: A North Woods Village Family Shares Their Story

Sally Sanders moved into North Woods Village in February 2020. I had first met Sally and her husband Ed, several years prior when they came to one of our caregiver focused educational event. During our caregiver focused events, Sally visited with our residents and attended a variety of different activities including craft-focused programs, while Ed…

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Caregiver loneliness makes dementia care more challenging

When you’re caring for an older adult with dementia, loneliness is a common feeling.  It might feel like nobody else understands what you’re going through, even if you have a good support system.  You also might avoid sharing the full details of the situation with family or friends because you want to protect them from…

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Important Things to Look for in a Memory Care Assisted Living Community

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are progressive in nature. Therefore, an individual’s symptoms will become more pronounced and increasingly evident over time. Although the disease can progress at different rates among people, the continued decline in one’s mental and physical capabilities is inevitable and irreversible. While extensive research continues toward solving the mystery…

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Alzheimer’s Caregiver Tips: Encourage Independence to Boost Your Loved One’s Confidence and Well-Being

People with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can experience a variety of emotions that are directly attributable to their condition. These include frustration, agitation, anger, fear, confusion and depression. As a result of these feelings, they often sense an understandable loss of control, independence and self-confidence. The Mayo Clinic suggests that if you’re…

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Caregiver Coping Tips: Dealing with the Sensory Changes Caused by Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are progressive memory disorders that affect brain cells and cause changes to a person’s basic functional abilities over time. The earliest and most obvious symptoms typically involve forgetfulness and memory loss, but as Alzheimer’s continues to progress all five of the basic human senses can be affected. The…

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Laughter: The Right Prescription for Stressed Out Caregivers

Sadly, Alzheimer’s disease robs an increasing number of older Americans of their memories and the ability to care for themselves. Additionally, caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s are often placed under significant stress and are frequently overburdened as their challenges increase with the progression of the disease. In fact, caregivers are sometimes called the “second…

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A Caregivers Guide to Helping Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Get Enough Sleep

“To sleep perchance to dream.” Unfortunately, for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, the gift of sleep is itself often just a dream. Sleep is a vital human function that helps to restore us physically, cognitively and emotionally. However, according to the Alzheimer’s Association article, “Treatments for Sleep Changes,” people with Alzheimer’s disease frequently have sleep…

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