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Grief vs. Depression

January 10, 2023 | Laura Tenpenny

Grief vs. Depression in the Elderly: A Guide for Caregivers As part of the aging process, older adults commonly experience losses like the death of a friend, family member, or pet; changes in health; and gradual declines of mobility and independence. These and other losses often lead to grief and mourning and working through those […]

Supporting a Loved One with Diabetes

November 3, 2022 | Laura Tenpenny

Lake Gibson Village wishes to shed some light on the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and encourages everyone to take the https://diabetes.org/diabetes/risk-test, a free, anonymous test to assess personal risk factors for the disease. Every year, more than one million people are diagnosed with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, the disease is the 7th leading cause […]

Supporting a Loved One with Arthritis

October 14, 2022 | Laura Tenpenny

Anyone who experiences arthritis knows it can be quite painful, unpredictable and particularly difficult to find the best treatment. With such a painful disease commonly affecting our residents and families, we took some time to look at arthritis and its causes, common forms of treatment for arthritis, and different ways you may be able to […]

Supporting a Loved One with Dementia

October 3, 2022 | Laura Tenpenny

Don’t you love it when you meet someone and have an immediate connection? There is something quite comforting in finding another human who shares the same background, favorite food, or even similar quirks. At Lake Gibson Village we’ve often noticed a common thread when families tour our communities: we ALL want to feel connected to […]

Creating Meaningful Moments While Visiting Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

August 16, 2022 | Laura Tenpenny

A visit from a loved one may be a special and meaningful part of the day for someone with dementia. As dementia progresses, there will be changes in a person’s ability to communicate verbally due to cognitive challenges. Trouble finding words, increased confusion, and even inappropriate behavior are all normal. Remember to keep conversation simple […]

Coping with Sleep Problems

July 12, 2022 | Laura Tenpenny

Evenings are hard for many people with memory impairment. Some may become restless or irritable around dinner time. This restlessness is called “sundowning.” It may even be hard to get the person to go to bed and stay there. Here are some tips that may help: Helping the person get exercise each day, limit naps, […]

Know these 10 Signs of Dementia – Early Detection Matters

June 3, 2022 | Laura Tenpenny

1.  Memory Loss that Disrupts Daily Life 2.  Challenges in Planning or Solving Problems 3.  Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks at Home, at Work or at Leisure 4.  Confusion with Time or Place 5.  Trouble Understanding Visual Images and Spatial Relationships 6.  New Problems with Words in Speaking or Writing 7.  Misplacing Things and Losing the […]

Helping a Loved One Move to Assisted Living

May 19, 2022 | Laura Tenpenny

Moving a parent to an assisted living facility can be a stressful transition for both parties. Sometimes parents can be very resistant to any kind of transition to another type of living or care arrangement. Sometimes they even refuse to consider an assisted living facility. To help loved ones dealing with this kind of resistance, […]

Role Reversal: Becoming Your Parent’s Caregiver

April 14, 2022 | Laura Tenpenny

“Dad moved in with us a couple of years ago, after Mom died. He needs more help with everyday tasks now and must be reminded to do some of the basics, like take his medicine or comb his hair. His vision is getting weaker, and the other day I had to tell him he couldn’t […]

Memory Impairment: Spiritual Activities

February 22, 2022 | Laura Tenpenny

Like you, your loved one with memory impairment may have spiritual needs. If so, you can help the person stay part of their faith community. This can help your loved one feel connected to others and remember pleasant times. Here are some tips for helping a person with memory impairment who has spiritual needs:  Involve […]