At Arthurs, you may see a client cradling a doll. Or as someone is sitting in the common room, their fingers are busy with a string of beads sewn to a blanket. These ordinary activities are actually a part of the therapies we use at Arthurs. We offer doll therapy and fidget blankets because we…

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When a loved one is experiencing cognitive decline, you start to see them change before your eyes. That can be heartbreaking. But it can also make you lose your footing when figuring out how to spend time together. Here’s a framework you can use to bring the right focus to your interactions: Above all else,…

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At Arthur’s Senior Care, we see firsthand the magical effect that children and babies can have on the mood and demeanor of our clients. Young children bring sunshine to clients’ days. Perhaps these young faces bring them back to a friendly, familiar time when they took care of their own younger siblings and children. Arthur’s…

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Those living in memory care can feel lonely and isolated, especially at a time like this. When your loved one has trouble remembering the faces of those familiar to them, they can easily feel confused and frustrated. And as COVID-19 remains part of our everyday lives, your loved one’s interactions with you and others can…

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A trip to the airport can be overwhelming and stressful for anyone, especially when you factor in parking, long lines, airport security checks and rushing around. So imagine how living with dementia would amplify that stress. The crowds, the noise, an unfamiliar environment, and perhaps an airport employee who’s becoming frustrated as you struggle to…

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When you have a loved one who’s in memory care, a thoughtful gift is always appreciated and can do a lot of good. Because who doesn’t love getting presents? Whether it’s a special occasion or you simply want to present a “just because” gift, here are some practical gift ideas that will go to good…

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Because of COVID-19, celebrating the holidays with loved ones who are living in assisted living and memory care will look different in 2020. Social distancing and celebrating over a video conference can’t take the place of an in-person visit. But here are some ideas to make the holiday meaningful and to keep connections strong, when…

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Back in June we covered Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, when we joined with millions of others across America to raise awareness about this deeply impactful illness. This November, we are joining another month-long campaign — National Family Caregivers Month. The Oxford dictionary defines a caregiver as “a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a…

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Maintaining good social connections while a loved one is in memory care isn’t always easy. The challenge can lie in busy lives, hurt feelings, grief or a thousand other sources. Staying involved and in touch is worth the effort, though. Not only are social connections key to the mental health of those with dementia, they…

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Depression has long been considered an early warning sign of dementia. However, recent research is disrupting that perception. What clinicians have historically been identifying as depression may, in fact, be better classified as apathy. Apathy refers to a general lack of emotion, indifference to one’s situation, and a drop in goal-directed behavior. While it is…

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