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Dementia Communication Techniques

It can be difficult to communicate with someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. The damage to their brains have altered the way they hear, process, and respond to certain conversations. This is why caregivers or family members need to learn new techniques that adapts to the older adults way of thinking. There are 6…

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Why do seniors shuffle when they walk

As seniors get older, they tend to shuffle or drag their feet while walking. Why do they do that? Well, they more than likely are not doing it on purpose or even know they are shuffling. Typically something is causing the shuffling when they walk. The first step to help them not do this is…

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Ways to help Seniors get better sleep

Many things change with age, one of which are sleep patterns. These changes make it harder for seniors to not only fall asleep, but stay asleep. The lack of sleep could also affect the caregiver due to always needing to keep an eye on the senior. A few common reasons for sleep problems are: Discomfort…

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Reminiscence Therapy to help with Dementia

Sharing memories or reminiscing about the past is an enjoyable way to connect with someone that has Alzheimer’s or dementia. When it comes to dementia, most people lose their short-term memory, but can still recall older memories. The goal for this type of therapy is to help these seniors feel valued, contented, and peaceful. These…

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Ways to respond to “I want to go home”

When a senior with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia asks to go home, it is often a request for comfort and not to physically go home. The best thing to do is meet where they are and focus on the comfort and reassurance. Respond to the emotions behind their request. There are 3 kind and calming ways…

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Activities for Seniors with dementia

When seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia can’t participate in daily activities, they can easily become bored. Boredom can lead to agitation, anxiety, depression, and anger. It can increase their chances of sundowning. There are ways to prevent boredom with activities. This will get them engaged and help reduce their risk for need of medication for…

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Caregiving routines make daily life easier

Routines make daily life simpler and smoother for caregivers which is in fact a top priority when caring for an older adult. Daily routines can reduce uncertainty, arguments, and decision-making, which in turn can reduce the overall stresses of life. 5 ways routines can make life simpler are: Stop the power struggle – people hate…

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5 ways to improve Senior quality of life

Good quality of life is important when it comes to older adults dealing with chronic health conditions and major life changes. Having that feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment is important for overall well-being. Having a positive view of life can help seniors with more energy, less stress, better appetite, and prevent cognitive decline. 5 ways…

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Ricky Star is in the House

Staff and residents of Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center want to thank Ricky Star for coming out the other day and entertaining everyone with your wonderful voice. Everyone had a great time sitting back and listening to the music.

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Fourth of July with the Residents

The residents and staff at Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center had a blast celebrating the Fourth of July. There were poppers, balloons, necklaces, and food to help celebrate Independence Day. Hope all had a safe and happy holiday weekend.