Tips for Visiting a Senior in Memory Care

Knowing how to communicate with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia takes practice and, above all, patience. Regardless, just being present for an aging family member can take an emotional toll. Before visiting a loved one in memory care, consider researching some of the common behavior and personality changes associated with memory loss. Memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s affect people’s brains differently, and how individuals cope with changing medical needs can be significant factors

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

Music & Memory: The Power of Music

Do you have a favorite song that you hum in your head? Can you remember the song that was played at your wedding? What was one of your favorite songs growing up in high school? These are the first questions I pose to my clients; many of whom have suffered strokes, brain trauma, and have become confined by dementia. Music is a profoundly powerful tool- to the delight of loved ones the music playlists I

Memory Care Facilities Support Residents as Well as Families

The story about Alzheimer’s disease, a powerful degenerative malady that shrinks brain cells, robbing its victims of their memories as well as their physical and mental abilities, isn’t about the cure—there isn’t one. It’s about the care. Alzheimer’s shrivels brain cells, making its victims lose their short-term memory first, before their long-term memory goes. Alzheimer’s patients lose their cognition slowly, becoming unable to carry out simple tasks like dressing themselves and using the bathroom. As the disease

Not All Memory Loss is the Same

Remember that time a woman in the post office ran over to you, gave you a big hug and asked about your children? You had no idea who she was, yet it was pretty clear that she knew you. OK, maybe you don’t remember, but don’t jump to conclusions. Not all memory loss is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Memory problems and other symptoms of cognitive decline can range from the natural forgetfulness of normal

Evaluating a Memory Care Community: Tips when exploring options

The emotional roller coaster of guilt, concern, regret, and the plethora of other feelings that go along with being a caregiver for someone with dementia and realizing that their continued health, welfare, and yours is in jeopardy is one of the most difficult realizations. Once the decision has been reached to look for a memory care community the next questions is what criteria to look at. In Massachusetts, there are many residential options where an