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 [...]

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 [...]

How to Help a Loved One Move to Assisted Living

When a loved one has to move into an assisted living residence, it’s hard on everyone involved.  It can be confusing or frustrating to the person moving in, and it can be heartbreaking to be the one bringing your loved one into an assisted living home.  We know that it’s a painful task, which is why we have [...]

Overcoming Stress: Dealing with Alzheimer’s during the holidays

She put her hand to the window, feeling the icy frost clinging to the other side.  Another Christmas season, another joyous month that wasn’t feeling quite so joyous anymore.  She struggled to remember who was coming for Christmas this year.  Was it all her kids? Or just some?  What about the grandkids?  She couldn’t remember quite how many she [...]

10 Tips for Communicating with Alzheimer’s Patients

When a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, it can be really hard to communicate with them.  After a while, they repeat themselves over and over and then, after even longer, they don’t really make sense anymore.  It can be trying and you want to say the right thing, but what is the right thing?  Here are some [...]

Growing Old Around the World

Thanks to technology, health improvements, and better nutrition, people are living longer these days.  This shift in culture brings a lot of possibilities, but it also raises the question of how we care for our elderly.  Growing old looks completely different depending on where you live.  In some parts of the world, the oldest members of society are revered, honored, [...]

Music and Alzheimer’s

For a long time, music has been known to help patients struggling with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  But the science behind why has only recently become clear.  A recent study shows that Alzheimer’s or dementia patients can “recall memories and emotions, and have enhanced mental performance after singing classic hits and show tunes from movies and musicals.” In [...]

Ben’s Story: Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Care, Part 1

Ben grew up in Nevada, in a suburb just below Las Vegas.  He grew up in the dry desert heat, played baseball and golf, and loved swimming.  He was an all-star athlete at his school and graduated at the top of his class, where he then went on to Harvard. He studied philosophy, despite all the warnings from his [...]