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CAREGIVER BURNOUT AND THE PASSOVER LESSON

In over forty years’ experience in the field of Senior’s Healthcare, family and friends have often consulted me as a resource and have asked me, “When our parent/loved one needs more care, what should we do?” For the same forty years, my answer has been, “If you can...

SOCIALIZATION IN DEMENTIA

Throughout our lives, we interact with friends, family and strangers on a daily basis, and for someone with dementia it’s important that they continue to have these sorts of meaningful encounters, even as their disease progresses. While it is true that your loved one...

Just Look at How Far We’ve Come!

This concept is especially relevant as we approach Rosh Hashanah. We are now reaching the eighteenth day of Elul, “Chai Elul.” This day is the first of the final twelve days of Elul, leading up to a new year of the Jewish calendar. Each of these twelve days symbolizes...

Resident’s Rights & Quality of Life

During my years of working with people who have dementia, I’ve had moments where I feel an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment, especially when I’ve had a hand in making someone’s life better. Unfortunately, I’ve also had moments of terrible frustration...

One Kenton’s First Lady

When we decided to move my mother, Cecily Peters, into One Kenton, we didn’t have much to go on. One Kenton hadn’t opened yet; the building wasn’t even completed when we made the decision. So why did we decide to move my mother into One Kenton? It was simple; it was...

HOW DO YOU KNOW IT’S TIME TO MOVE A LOVED ONE TO A MEMORY CARE HOME?

Unlike many health conditions, which tend to develop or at least come to light all at once, dementia comes on gradually, and the signs can be confusing and easy to miss, or misunderstand. And the dementia symptoms most people are familiar with, such as memory loss,...

Celebrating Mother’s Day with Someone Who Has Dementia

Celebrating holidays can be a challenge for families who have a loved one with dementia. Past traditions often need to give way to new realities. On Mother’s Day, many adult children wonder how to celebrate a day that may no longer hold any meaning for the honoree....

Technology Innovations for Health Care Challenges

Technology can be a great thing when it is put to use in a dementia care setting by both the residents and staff, resulting in an enormous list of benefits. Not only is it something that streamlines and improves the quality of resident care, it allows treatment to be...

Music Therapy and Dementia

‘Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect And whistle a happy tune so no one will suspect I’m afraid’ - The King and I As the ability to orient to time and place starts to fade away, Alzheimer’s disease creates fear and disorientation in those affected. As workers...

CHOOSING THE RIGHT RESIDENCE

When faced with the decision once all home support and caregiver solutions have been exhausted for a loved one with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, families look for a Housing with Care solution. In Ontario, there are really four choices: 1) Long Term Care, 2)...