Communicating With Loved Ones With Dementia

Understanding how to connect and communicate with our loved ones through this time is of the utmost importance. Learn more from these communication strategies for dementia. Here are 5 tips on how to effectively communicate with someone who has moderate to severe dementia.

  1. Recognize what you’re up against. Dementia inevitably gets worse with time. People with dementia will gradually have a more difficult time understanding others, as well as communicating in general.

  2. Avoid distractions. Try to find a place and time to talk when there aren’t a lot of distractions present. This allows your loved one to focus all their mental energy on the conversation.

  3. Speak clearly and naturally in a warm and calm voice. Refrain from ‘babytalk’ or any other kind of condescension.

  4. Refer to people by their names. Avoid pronouns like “he,” “she,” and “they” during conversation. Names are also important when greeting a loved one with dementia. For example: “Hi, Grandma.  It’s me, Jeff,” is to be preferred over, “Hi. It’s me.”

  5. Talk about one thing at a time. Someone with dementia may not be able to engage in the mental juggling involved in maintaining a conversation with multiple threads.

Tips For Having A Safe And Fun 4th Of July With Your Elderly Loved One

Many seniors still want to feel like they’re part of the celebration- even if it’s a little harder for them to get around than when they were younger. Here are some tips and things to keep in mind to make sure that you’re loved one is able to enjoy this holiday with you!

  • Make sure that they’re not sitting in the direct sunlight all day. Try to find a shady, cool spot for them.

  • Bring a chair, cushion, or wheelchair for them so that they don’t need to stand all day. Standing for long periods of time can be very tiring and might not be best for your elderly loved one.

  • For seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s, make sure that they are not in big groups for long periods of time to avoid making them anxious, nervous, or angry.

  • Make sure they stay hydrated! Bring their favorite 4th of July themed drinks and make sure they drinks lots of them.

These are a few things to keep in mind to make sure that your holiday is as fun and safe for everyone has possible. Outside of these logistical things, however, make sure to enjoy the company of your loved ones. Ask your loved one to recount a memorable story from their childhood of 4th of July. Make crafts and eat delicious food. And, of course, have fun!

Why More Men Are Moving to Assisted Living Communities

Traditionally, it’s been mostly women in assisted living homes. As the life expectancy for men continues to increase, the ratio of men to women has shifted within assisted living homes. Currently, the average lifespan for men in the United States in 76 but in other countries in the world, the life expectancy is as high as 81.7 years old. While women’s life expectancies have remained fairly stagnant over the last 25 years, men’s have continued to increase steadily upwards. Although their longer life spans are one reason for the increasing presence for men in assisted living communities, there are a few others that we have uncovered and outlined below.

More Severe Illnesses
Because men are living longer, they are also running into more severe health concerns that they may not have faced in the recent past. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are some of the most common illnesses for aging individuals. Renaissance of Richfield and Bath’s Memory Care facility provides a viable solution for children that are dealing with a parent that has this disease. Services like these are one of the reasons that we are seeing more men moving to Assisted Living communities.

Innovations in Senior Living Arrangements
The days of old, stuffy accommodations with underpaid and under appreciated and cranky staff members are slowly becoming a part of the past. Renaissance’s homey feel and many amenities make the transition to assisted living not only bearable but desirable. Your loved one can now look forward to healthy eating, scheduled activities, and around the clock health services from their community which makes the move much easier.

 There are many reasons why were are seeing more men moving to assisted living communities like Renaissance but these are some of the keys!