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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 […]

Tips and Ideas for Sundowning Dementia at Home

February 10, 2022 | Laura Tenpenny

Some dementia and Alzheimer’s patients experience “sundowning” in the evening. Here are 9 natural tips and ideas to help caregivers deal with their loved one’s sundowning syndrome when they live in your home. While it is never fun to see your loved one confused and scared, there are some concrete things you can do to […]

10 Tips for Better Dementia Communication

January 18, 2022 | Laura Tenpenny

Communication is vital to our well-being. People living with dementia slowly lose their language skills and their ability to express themselves freely. This has a profound impact on their quality of life. There are many ways we can support people living with dementia to communicate more effectively. It is important to remember that how you […]

Memory Impairment: Caregiver Tips for the Holiday Season

December 13, 2021 | Laura Tenpenny

Caregivers can have mixed feelings about holidays. They may have happy memories of the past. But they may also worry about the extra demands that holidays make on their time and energy. Here are some suggestions to help you find a balance between caring for your memory-impaired loved one and keeping up with the busy […]

Is It More Than Just Forgetfulness?

October 8, 2021 | Laura Tenpenny

Dad’s been more forgetful lately – things like not remembering where he put his mail and having trouble recalling the neighbor’s name. He jokes about having ‘senior moments,’ but I’m starting to wonder if it’s a normal part of aging or if it’s something more serious, like Alzheimer’s.” Everyone has occasional trouble recalling the right […]

Frequently Asked Questions: Memory Care

September 10, 2021 | Laura Tenpenny

What memory care services are provided at Lake Gibson Village? Our Reflections Memory Care neighborhood provides a Montessori approach to personal care services, assistance with the activities of daily living, emergency monitoring, and more. The philosophy behind Montessori is providing a failure-free environment for our residents and ensuring they remain independent for as long as […]

Memory Care Unit Coming Soon to Lake Gibson Village

April 8, 2021 | Lake Gibson Village

Lake Gibson Village is pleased to announce that construction is underway for a dedicated Memory Care neighborhood that will be opening to better serve residents and the Lakeland community in Summer 2021. A memory care unit is a secure area for staff to better be able to care for residents who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease […]