When a loved one gets a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, obviously the focus is going to be on that person—their health, their routine, their care, their future. It’s easy to forget that this diagnosis will affect the whole family, especially if someone is taking on the role of caregiver. As Alzheimer’s progresses, the disease can become extremely difficult to manage. Caregivers can eventually develop their own health concerns, concerns that often go ignored in the face of the actual Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
If you’re a caregiver for someone who suffers from dementia, you’ve probably noticed that it isn’t always easy to communicate with them effectively. Individuals with dementia and other degenerative brain diseases often lose some of their ability to understand and participate in conversation as part of their condition, and as caregivers, the best thing you can do is to understand how and why this happens and do your best to work through it. Understanding Dementia Dementia is by nature a degenerative disease, which means it slowly degrades the mind and its ability to function properly....
For families and friends of our memory care residents, we’ve found that a very important part of properly caring for and maintaining a relationship with people who suffer from dementia is to actually understand what they’re going through and how dementia affects them. Being a caregiver for someone with dementia can be frustrating and difficult no matter how much you love the person. Having a better understanding of dementia itself can ease the tensions of being a caregiver, so we’re creating a blog series to help provide more information on the subject...
In the second part of our Understanding Dementia series, we’re going to focus on Alzheimer’s, what it is and how it affects lives all around the world. For part 1 of this series, check out our first post: Understanding Dementia: How It Works. The first thing you should know about Alzheimer’s disease is that people often interchange “Alzheimer’s” with “dementia” and confuse them as two words for the same thing, but that’s actually not accurate....
“April showers bring May flowers” has held true with several rainy days in this early month of Spring. However, rain or shine, we’ve kept our community busy with a variety of activities hosted by our staff. We’ve put together a recap of some of our special events from the month that you can look through!
Winters can feel extremely long. Getting stuck inside drains our motivation to do the things we enjoy and it is also tough to face the onset of a new year. In fact, by the end of February, over 80% of people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions. While everyone may experience some level of the winter blues, the elderly are particularly vulnerable. They may feel more alone and discouraged if winter becomes an extended stay-cation for months on end. What can we do to rally back and not let winter get in the way of a fruitful year?
Caring for someone with dementia doesn’t come naturally. There’s a lot to learn, but you don’t have to figure everything out the hard way. The disease requires a lot of patience and love from family members. Here are some tips that can help!
Choosing the proper level of care for your loved ones is an important decision to make. Tennyson Court is now a certified Enhanced Assisted Living Residence by New York State. Federal and State regulations protect families and individuals to receive care from reputable facilities.
If you’re a caregiver for someone who suffers from dementia, you’ve probably noticed that it isn’t always easy to communicate with them effectively.
While the holiday can be the most joyous time of the year, it is not necessarily so for everyone.
In the fall, the members of Tennyson Court’s Bible study group came up with the idea to make care packages for the homeless. They organized a bake sale in order to raise money so they could purchase the items needed for the packages.
The holidays are a time when families reconnect to enjoy festive traditions. But for those whose family has a member suffering from dementia, the holidays can be more frustrating than fun. Don't let those frustrations get in the way of spending quality time with your family! All you need is some proper planning and adjustment among expectations to make the holidays more memorable for you and for them! Be Inclusive! Even though your family member is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, keep them a part of the normal traditions. Keep old photo books around to show them and hum or sing the classical holiday songs.
There’s a good chance that you haven’t undergone the difficulties of Alzheimer’s before, so you might have difficulty knowing how to help your loved one with their day-to-day living. With a disorder that affects your life in almost every way imaginable, you can expect to make a lot of changes in order to help you loved one to function as best as possible. Here are some things to keep in mind as you make adjustments for your loved one’s memory care: Stick to a Schedule The more your loved one can predict how a day will go, the less confused they will get.
Just beginning the process of looking for a higher level of care for your loved one can be overwhelming and daunting. You listen to the advice of friends and family and those who have gone through this process. You do your research online, Google different places, look at reviews, etc. You tour facilities to see for yourself, scrutinize every detail, and ask as many questions that you can think of. Even after all of this, you still having feelings of unclarity and confusion. This is potentially one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever have to make.
Tennyson Court would like to put the spotlight on our September Employee of the Month, Shanay. Shanay is our daytime LPN supervisor and has been with our company for just over a year. Shanay is very dedicated to assuring our residents are given the proper care and all nursing needs are met. With Shanay in our nursing office, our residents and staff have grown to appreciate her attention to detail and customer service. Thank you Shanay for all the hard work!
As you think about the best ways to care for your aging loved ones, one of the things you can do that will provide the most benefit in all areas of life is encouraging exercise. Being active can help them in a wide range of ways, from strengthening social relationships to improving memory and even preventing depression. Social Activity For many seniors, exercise is a social activity. Walking in groups provides the chance to catch up on exercise and the latest social news. Encouraging your senior to stay active means encouraging a healthy social life, in many cases.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is overwhelming to both the person being diagnosed, and to their loved ones. There is a sad realization that although this person isn’t gone, they are going to change-and that can be hard to cope with. Once one is diagnosed there is a period of time which the person can probably function on their own, or under the care or assistance of someone at home. Unfortunately, in some cases there will come a time when your loved one may need to look into memory care.
Our August employee of the month is Amy! When you enter or call Tennyson Court, you are always pleasantly greeted by Amy. She is always willing to go above and beyond for our residents, families and guests. Tennyson is very fortunate to have someone like Amy as a part of our business office. Next time you stop in; congratulate Amy on all her hard work!
We already discussed the pains of making the decision to put your loved one in senior living. One thing we want to make sure you look for is that the facility you are looking at has activities going on. More importantly, activities that enrich the life of your loved one. Activities that make them get up and move, makes them use their brain, and encourages them to remain social. As we age, we need to make sure to keep our minds and bodies stimulated. Here at Tennyson Court, we understand that importance...
It’s that time again! The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is right around the corner. Tennyson Court is proud to walk the Walk! Saturday, September 17 at 10:00am Delaware Avenue/Buffalo Zoo We would love for you to join us for this 2-mile walk! Whether you know someone personally who has Alzheimer’s, know someone at Tennyson Court in Memory Care, have lost a family member or loved one to the disease, or just want to support the cause, participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s helps the Association to invest in new research, care, and support for memory care all around the United States...