Alzheimer’s Awareness: Are You Aware?

Not as many people are aware, but every one of us is impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Maybe the disease affects somebody we know – we’re all just a few degrees of separation away from someone suffering from the disease. We are all indirectly paying the bill as Alzheimer’s will cost our government $277 billion by the end of 2018, and that does not reflect informal care. Nationally, 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, every 66 seconds

Virtual Reality – An Experience Apart from the Ordinary

It’s a sunny day in Paris and the sights our residents are experiencing through virtual reality are breathtaking. The St. Barnabas Memory Care Team, led by Midge Hobaugh, Memory Care Manager, is pleased to be working with Dr. Joseph Maroon, MD, FACS, Neurosurgeon, and MyndVR, to introduce the use of virtual reality to assist in the care and comfort of our residents living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. With the aid of our care team and

Person Direct Care in Comparison to Institutional Care

Person Direct Care meets the unique needs of individuals confronting Alzheimer’s/Dementia, as well as those of their loved ones. Person Direct Care practicing the Eden Alternative Philosophy is the method which develops strong, open, and transparent relationships for all concerned and provides individualized care. Standard institutional care approaches its delivery of care by strict adherence to processes, schedules, staff needs and relentless organizational rules and red tape. Many institutions are a form of what has

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Facts & Figures Report Reveals Increases in Alzheimer’s Prevalence and Costs of Care

With each passing year, new data continues to prove that Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic. Significant increases in costs and incidence, including care costs for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia’s surpassing a quarter of a trillion dollars have been reported in the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. However, this year’s report goes beyond the statistics with a special report on the financial and personal benefits of early diagnosis,

Memory Loss vs. Forgetfulness: How to Recognize the Difference

Here are some signs to look for when assessing whether or not your parent might be having a significant decline in their memory. If your mom and dad are advancing in years, chances are you’ve noticed some changes in their memory, like not remembering where they parked or forgetting to grab eggs at the grocery store. But where’s the line between “this is a normal part of aging” and “dad may need help”? Here are

teleCalm Keeps Seniors Connected and Protected

The teleCalm Phone Service helps seniors make phone calls with confidence, while allowing family caregivers to manage the service remotely. Seniors face many hurdles as they age: Loneliness and isolation; Loss of independence; Being targeted by scammers and telemarketers. It’s no surprise families worry about who their loved one is talking to each day, or if they should just take the phone away. Wouldn’t it be great if your loved one could keep their dignity,