Dementia Care

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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How to Relieve Holiday Stress for Caregivers

It’s likely as the holiday season rolls around that you’re experiencing emotional and physical stress as a spouse, partner, friend, or adult child caregiver. There are parties to plan, loved ones to see, and desserts to eat. It may not cross your mind as often as it should, but your health is an important part […]

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Should We Bring Mom or Dad Home from Their Community for the Holidays?

As we count down the days to Christmas, many families are asking themselves, “Should we go visit Mom or Dad at their community or bring them home for the day?” The answer isn’t always the same as every family’s situation is different. Our experts pose these questions to help you in your decision: Where would […]

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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 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. That […]

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What's Your Family Tradition?

By Paula Harder, Vice President of Resident Programs Since 2016, Commonwealth Senior Living has taken our residents on a yearly virtual joy ride; from country to country, state to state, and decade to decade. As we start a new decade in 2020, we will head out on another adventure; exploring personal, local and world-wide traditions […]

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How to Incorporate the Grandkids

The holidays are all about time spent with family. So how do we make that time work for each generation together if one of the grandparents is struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? Our memory care experts, Bernie Cavis and Paula Harder discuss in the video below. Here are some quick tips: Focus a family […]

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