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The Healing Effects of Holiday Music

Hymns, carols and standard songs of the season can be a soothing pathway to the past, even for those with memory loss.

An older gentleman's daughter helps him eat soup at the table.

Techniques To Cut Down on Messy Eating for People with Alzheimer’s

Easy-to-handle foods and utensils can make mealtime easier.

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9 Tips to Prevent Dehydration in a Loved One with Dementia

A variety of beverages, and even fruit, can replenish fluids.

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A dinner plate with roasted turkey, string beans, cranberry sauce and stuffing.

When Someone with Alzheimer’s Repeatedly Wants the Same Food

It’s okay to indulge a preference for one particular food if the overall diet is balanced.

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A woman being fed oatmeal in her bed.

5 Ways to Help Someone with Chewing and Swallowing Problems When They Eat

Gentle coaching and foods that are more easily consumed can improve results.

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A woman in her golden years outside drinking a smoothie.

How to Choose Safe Foods for Someone Who Can’t Swallow

If your loved one is at risk of choking, careful food selection is necessary. 

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8 Ways to Cover Assisted Living Costs

From insurance to more creative financing, help is available.

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Advice on Covering the Costs of Adult Daycare

Public and private sources offer assistance.

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5 Options to Cover Costs of Home Health Care

Help is available for physician-prescribed care.

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Help Someone with Alzheimer’s Recall Memories

Look at old photos together, create a memory box or make a favorite family recipe; these are just few ways to jog their memory and comfort them at the same time. 

A woman in her golden years grocery shopping with the assistance of a caregiver.

How to Improve Communities for People with Dementia

Learn what you can do to help make your community dementia-inclusive.

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Tips to Protect a Loved One Whose Judgment is Impaired

You can put safety first by keeping a watchful eye on activities.

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What to Do When Your Loved One Shows Signs of Impaired Judgment

If poor decision-making is an issue, you can take steps to protect your family.

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She Used Art to Help a Senior with Dementia

The caregiving art sessions transformed Tony's final days with Alzheimer's and healed Linda, too.

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5 Ways to Engage a Senior with Alzheimer’s

Get expert advice on how to connect with a person who has dementia.

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What You Can Do to Keep Your Loved One with Dementia Physically Active

Physical exercise has health benefits for those with dementia. Follow these tips to keep you and your loved one active.

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