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Navigating the Holiday Season with Alzheimer’s Disease

The holidays can be a stressful time of year under the best of circumstances. But if you add to that a family illness like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, a whole new layer of exhaustion and complication comes up.  So what can you do to make the holidays go as smoothly as possible?   First of all, take care of yourself. [...]

Living by One Word: Wisdom from Dementia

The holiday season is winding down.  Christmas music will start fading away.  The lights and decorations will soon be taken down.  People will put away the festive treats and start to consider a diet for the new year.  As this season of light and hope and hustle and bustle comes to a close, people start turning their attention to what [...]

Holiday Events in Point Loma

The holiday season is upon us!  And with the hustle and bustle of shopping and cookie-baking and gift-wrapping, comes a bundle of holiday activities for everyone!  The neighborhood of Point Loma has many options when it comes to holiday fun!  Check out the list below, put on your light coat (I mean, do we ever need more than a hoodie [...]

8 Ways to Deal with Grief and Loss

Everyone copes with grief and loss in different ways.  Many people report feeling numb after an initial tragedy or loss.  But the emotions that come after that can be varied and unique.  Some of the feelings people experience after loss are denial, disbelief, confusion, anger, shock, sadness, yearning, despair or guilt.  You may cycle through the stages of grief fairly [...]

Selling Your Home While You’re in Assisted Living

Paying a mortgage or maintaining an existing home while in assisted living isn't practical or financially feasible for many people. For those who plan on staying in assisted living or moving into a retirement home in the near future, now may be a good time to consider selling one's home. Doing so can help to supplement retirement income, making [...]

20 Ways to Safeguard Your Home for Family Members with Alzheimer’s Disease

Preparing your home for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can seem difficult and overwhelming.  Most families like to keep their loved ones at home as long as possible, to give them a sense of familiarity and safety.  Because safety is so important for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, safeguarding your home is an extremely important step to take, [...]

BayView Employee of the Month: Elena Beltran

This month at BayView Senior Assisted Living we'd like to recognize Elena Beltran for her hard work and dedication to the residents and staff.  She's been an outstanding member of the BayView family and show up everyday with a contagious smile on her face!  What is your role at Bayview? I am a Caregiver What is the favorite part [...]

13 Ways to Stimulate Brain Activity In Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s disease can be debilitating and all-consuming.  That’s why it’s important to do two things when you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s: find relaxation techniques to ease anxiety and find mental stimulation activities to help brain functioning.  Below are thirteen different techniques to ease anxiety and stimulate brain activity.   Techniques to ease anxiety and produce calm in Alzheimer’s [...]

Foggy Days: A Story of Three Women Navigating Alzheimer’s, Relationships, and Loss: Part 2

 Read part 1 here. Gram had been living at Harbor End for six months now.  The beginning had been hard: she was lonely and felt put away and uncared for.  And she had been indignant that she needed to be in an assisted living home.  But gradually, day after day, two things happened.  One: she realized, as her memory got [...]

Books for Kids about Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affect millions of people across the world today.  Which means that it also affects millions of children: children who have to watch their loved ones go through the debilitating effects of this disease.  It may be very confusing for kids, as they wonder what’s happening and if it’s something that could happen to them too.  Here [...]