Dementia Care

"What They Had" Film Screenings

This year we have chosen the film “What They Had” for our screening and discussion group. Besides it being a beautiful work by an award-winning cast, the story is reminiscent of the accounts we’ve heard from so many families over the last 20 years – a mother struggling with cognitive decline as the family reacts […]

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The Story of “Momma J”

When asking families what the greatest challenge in caring for an aging loved one is for their family, 15.7% said it was the challenge of balancing care for a parent with work and home life. We know our associates chose a career in senior living to improve the lives of seniors, but for those who […]

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What to Expect During the First 30 Days in Memory Care

Whether it’s the first day of elementary school, marriage, the birth of a child, or moving to a new home, our lives are filled with transitions. Moving your loved one into our Sweet Memories neighborhood is another one of life’s transitions. We hope this will be a transition of new and sweet beginnings, a new […]

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Checklist for Choosing the Right Memory Care

Today may be the day you and your family begin your research into Memory Care communities for Mom or Dad. Or maybe you’ve been putting off making the decision due to fear of the unknown or a feeling of guilt for not being able to take on all your loved one’s care needs alone. We […]

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The Longest Day

Each year during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in June, we celebrate the Longest Day. This day always occurs on the summer solstice, or the longest day of sunshine during the calendar year. We are excited that there is so much passionate research around Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias being done as well as the personalized […]

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Our Special Touch Signature Program

At Commonwealth Senior Living, our Sweet Memories Neighborhoods feature award-winning programs specifically designed to elevate and enhance the experience of our residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. One of these programs is Special Touch. Through this program, our residents enjoy a unique start to their lunch and a relaxing way to wind down at dinner. […]

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The Story of Phil & Jean

We all know the marriage vows, “to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part”. Some of us live those vows to the letter. Jean is one of these individuals. We know […]

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Celebrating Holidays in the Time of COVID

As we approach the holidays, it is important that we remind our readers that at Commonwealth Senior Living, we are not just associates caring for residents, handling the business operations, and leading the teams. We are also sons and daughters, husbands and wives of those struggling with dementia. The following story comes from one of […]

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Using Sights & Sounds to Calm Loved Ones with Dementia

Within our Sweet Memories neighborhoods, just like any neighborhood, residents have good days and bad days. Part of our job is to celebrate the good days and help residents cope with the bad days. We have several ways we do that. (Learn more about our Memory Care programming here.) One of the wonderful ways we […]

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Caregivers Should Focus on Attainable Goals

By Paula Harder, Vice President of Resident Programs Caring for loved ones diagnosed with memory loss can be extremely challenging. Oftentimes, we become stressed by the situation and don’t know where to turn for help or guidance. What caregivers must remember is that their health is ultimately as important as those they are looking after. […]

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