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Drawing on the Arts to Promote Healthy Aging

Posted by CaraVita Staff on October 15 2020 | 4 minute read

Julia Child wrote her first cookbook when she was 50. Laura Ingels Wilder published her first book at age 65.  Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, started painting at 78.  Louise Bourgeois wasn't featured in the Museum of Modern Art until she was 71.

While aging used to be viewed skeptically— seen as a decline in abilities and functioning - over time, there’s been a shift in the way people see aging. Now people consider growing older to be a positive rite of passage. Healthy aging is about continuing old passions or finding new ones, using your talents, and finding purpose in each and every day.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia, Wellness & Well-Being

A Guide to the Do’s and Don’ts of Dementia Care

Posted by CaraVita Staff on August 15 2020 | 4 minute read

Becoming a caregiver for a loved one with dementia can be intimidating, especially when you may feel like you’ve been thrown into the role with no guidance or experience. However, caregiving isn’t as daunting as you might think. Once you get familiar with the specifics of dementia care, you can easily create a positive and engaging environment for you and your loved one.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia, Caregiver & Caregiving Resources

Explaining an Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis to Children

Posted by CaraVita Staff on June 15 2020 | 4 minute read

At CaraVita Home Care, we understand the impact that an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis can have on a family. Though adults may understand the disease and how it could affect their family member, children may be unaware of the changes that may develop.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia, Caregiver & Caregiving Resources, Senior Care

How to Communicate with a Loved One with Dementia

Posted by CaraVita Staff on April 15 2020 | 3 minute read

Caring for an older adult can pose many unique challenges, especially if he or she is dealing with memory loss. If you are a family caregiver for a parent or loved one with a form of dementia, you may notice mood shifts, confusion, and changes in their personality, which can make it challenging to communicate with him or her.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia, Wellness & Well-Being, CaraVita Home Care

Importance of Being Dementia Aware

Posted by Elissa Clouse on February 5 2020 | 3 minute read

Stigma, or the use of negative labels to identify a person with a disability or illness, is often a primary concern of people living with dementia or Alzheimer's. Those that are living with the disease report being misunderstood because of the misconceptions others have about the disease.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia, Senior Care

A Look at the History of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by CaraVita Staff on September 15 2019 | 4 minute read

It’s no secret that Alzheimer’s disease continues to be a considerable challenge for the international health community. At CaraVita Home Care, we understand that where we started is just as important as where we’re going with Alzheimer’s disease research.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia, CaraVita Home Care

How to Have a Good Holiday Visit

Posted by Beth Cayce on December 1 2018 | 2 minute read

The holiday season is upon us! If you are caring for a loved one living with dementia, the holiday season can be both wonderful and challenging. It is a great time of the year to engage with your loved one in favorite activities and memories from holidays past, but it can also be difficult to navigate these traditions in new ways that offer the proper support for them.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia, Holidays

Dementia Life and Person-Centered Care Approach at CaraVita Home Care

Posted by Beth Cayce on October 3 2018 | 3 minute read

CaraVita’s Dementia Life program is an approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care that is focused on honoring the uniqueness of each individual we serve. Though dementia may steal a person’s memories, those living with dementia can still experience moments of connection and joy. At the end of the day, our lives are not measured by the number of things we have accomplished, but the relationships that we have formed along the way. In Dementia Life, we seek to create environments where those living with dementia can continue to connect to those around them and feel a sense of accomplishment each day. Whether it is making sure someone gets a hug before they get out of bed, or finding the right jazz song to dance to in the afternoon, we want each day in the lives of those we serve to be meaningful and full of engagement.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia, Wellness & Well-Being

Dealing with Difficult Behavior During the Holiday Season

Posted by CaraVita Staff on December 1 2017 | 3 minute read

Often times the holiday season can bring to light a loved one’s variety of difficult behaviors. While the holidays are a joyous time that can be meaningful and enriching for all, it can also cause anxiety or confusion for someone living with Alzheimer’s. Interruption in routine, loud noises, and stimulation during family visits can be difficult on both loved ones with memory impairments and the family caregiver.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia, Holidays

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease in Aging Parents

Posted by CaraVita Staff on November 1 2017 | 3 minute read

The aging of a parent can be a bittersweet time. In many cases, we now have children of our own. Children bring an immeasurable amount of joy to our lives and often gives our parents a rebirth of purpose. For many aging adults, having grandchildren, or even just witnessing the accomplishments of their children, catalyzes a revival of spirit that lights up the golden years.

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Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia