Caregiver & Family Resources

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Keep Calm and Carry on When Dealing with Families and Dementia

Helpful Tips for Families Facing Dementia The Demands of Dementia Dementia is not a specific disease—it’s a general term for many conditions that affect the brain and cause cognitive decline. Symptoms include memory disorders, personality changes and impaired reasoning. Unfortunately, it gets worse over time and there is no known cure for dementia. It’s the […]

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The Impact of Dementia and Alzheimer’s on Women

This month, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re honoring the impact all of our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends have had on our lives. And we’d like to spread awareness about a condition that is disproportionally affecting them—dementia. Why Are Women More Affected by Dementia? Worldwide, two-thirds of clinically diagnosed cases of dementia […]

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Motivational Interviewing: A Communication Tool for Change

Motivational interviewing is a communication style that helps people make behavior changes by exploring and resolving their own ambivalence. Instead of a directive approach, motivational interviewing allows people to sort through their own problems—and discover their own motivations to change. This person-centered approach uses genuine empathy, respect and collaboration to elicit positive, sustainable behavioral change. […]

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6 Engaging Activities for Loved Ones in Dementia Care

By Beverly Sanborn, L.C.S.W., Gerontologist and Vice President of Program Development, Belmont Village Senior Living The Elements of Successful Aging Successful aging means living the fullest, most satisfying life possible by nurturing the mind, body, and spirit each day. Research has shown that there are many lifestyle elements that contribute to successful aging—even for seniors […]

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Top 10 Warning Signs of Memory Loss & How to Seek Help

WATCH VIDEO Recognizing the signs Noticing early signs of cognitive decline can be emotional—for both you and your loved one. Subtle changes in a loved one’s health, memory, and behavior that once seemed like a normal part of the aging process can start to become more noticeable—and more worrisome. You’re unsure what to do, what […]

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Protect Yourself Against Common COVID-19 Scams

We have all witnessed countless acts of heroism during our country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic—from the healthcare workers caring for our friends and family to the delivery drivers and grocery workers who keep us well supplied. Belmont Village’s own employees have risen to the challenge, helping our residents stay safe while bringing small moments […]

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Supporting a Loved One in Senior Living During COVID-19

The coronavirus outbreak has affected nearly every American’s daily life in one way or another. For seniors, sheltering in place has been one of the most critical preventative measures against the virus. In senior living communities, that’s meant the daily routines, such as dining and activities, of residents have been modified to maintain social distancing […]

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Successful Aging Along the Continuum of Dementia Care

By Beverly Sanborn, L.C.S.W., Gerontologist and Vice President of Program Development, Belmont Village Senior Living

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The Sibling Factor: 5 Dos and Don’ts for Caring for Aging Parents Together

When is the last time you clashed with one of your siblings? If your answer has anything to do with your teen years, then you probably are not currently sharing the responsibility of caring for an aging parent.

The Belmont Village training team has developed a exercise to better understand residents needs
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The Aging Game: A Guide to Understanding

Caring for older adults is a big responsibility, whether you’re a family member or a trained professional.