Memory Loss

Magical Music Program Strikes a Chord with People with Memory Loss

Bob Perkowitz, age 88, has a song in his heart every Thursday afternoon. That’s when he joins his wife of 60-plus years, Jean, for Songs by Heart at Aspired Living of Prospect Heights, located at 708 North Elmhurst Road.

“It’s the highlight of the week for both of us,” said Bob, who lives in Prospect Heights while Jean lives at the memory support community, where Bob faithfully visits daily. “Jean doesn’t respond to much, but Songs by Heart really lights her up. She sings and claps. It’s wonderful to see.”

Tips for Coping When a Spouse Moves to Memory Care

How to Cope with a Spouse Moving into a Memory Care Community

When your loved one, husband or wife, begins to deal with memory loss, they become less of the person who said “I do” all those years ago, and more of someone else. When a spouse is diagnosed with memory loss, there are many thoughts that can go through the caregiver’s mind. Some of the most common including, “I promised for better or worse, in sickness and in health, so I need to try my best to care for them” and “How am I going to care for them as time goes on, what if they forget me?” Memory loss is tricky.

The Importance of Respite for Caregivers and Seniors with Memory Loss

When you serve as a caregiver to someone with memory loss, it can be easy to overlook aspects of your own personal life. As a loved one most often becomes the primary focus of a caregiver’s life, other aspects may begin to lack. Whether this includes the caregiver’s career, family, friends, home or even self-care routine, being a caregiver can be a lot to handle.

Tips for Improving Sleep with Dementia

How to Improve Sleep for Seniors with Dementia

Seniors who are living with memory loss face a wide range of problems that affect their daily lives. One of the top issues is sleep. While we may think that a lot of our sleep issues are normal as we age – such as inability to rest, waking up in the middle of the night and not feeling well-rested in the morning – those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia are often affected by sleep issues that are far from normal and with some preventative measures, can be helped.

Music Therapy: Tips to Help Your Loved One Benefit

Benefits of Music Therapy in Memory Care

When a senior has a form of memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it can hinder their ability to remember places, people or activities they once loved and enjoyed. Once memory loss progresses so far, it can affect their speech, mobility and ability to connect. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease; however, there are some ways that caregivers can help to reignite the spark in their loved one.

Tips for Creating a Memory Box: A Simple Solution with Powerful Benefits

Creating a Memory Box: A Simple Solution with Powerful Benefits

For those living with Alzheimer’s disease or another kind of dementia, the pleasantness of life’s special memories are eventually lost. As a way to help loved ones cope with memory loss, many caregivers and dementia specialists turn to reminiscence therapy to help bring some memories back into the light. A simple way to do this is with a memory box.

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