How to Have Fun and Stay Healthy on Vacation

Vacations are a time to sit back, relax, enjoy, and separate yourself from the stressors of life. Picture yourself on a white sandy beach, looking out at the blue, crisp ocean, with your feet in the sand, and the warm sun on your skin. Hear the waves crashing into the beach, and smell that fresh ocean scent. Ahhhhh... Then to top off this moment, you go to pick up your margarita. Is it a regular margarita with lots of sugary sweet-and-sour mix or a 'skinny' made with cucumbers and/or agave? Even though you’re kicking back, it doesn't mean you can't kick back in a healthful way.

Sure, you may ‘food splurge’ here or there on your vacation, but it doesn't mean you have to forgo all healthy eating habits. Actually, if you continue eating healthy, you'll be able to enjoy more of your vacation. You'll feel energized, well-rested, and motivated to experience your next adventure. Whether it's swimming with dolphins, enjoying time at the beach, or climbing that mountain...

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How to Spend Time With Your Loved One With Dementia on Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day!

A day filled with love and appreciation for each other. 

This can be a difficult time for folks who are losing their loved ones slowly to dementia, but with some preparation, you can make the day a good one. Here’s how to spend time with your loved one with dementia…

  • Send them or together make a homemade card - it means a lot more when the noodles are glued to the construction paper and the words are your own, compared to current Hallmark options
  • Share old pictures with them - they’ll remember the older memories more than the recent ones, and it’ll give them a chance to share their own stories with you
  • Make their favorite meal - food is a love language for many, and a favorite meal goes a long way when you’re activating multiple senses
  • Turn on some old tunes - they’ll connect more with the older songs they grew up with and find a sense of calm and joy
  • Plan a day with their favorite activities - there’s nothing...
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5 Tips to Helping Loved Ones with Dementia Enjoy the Holidays

A few years ago I wrote an article about the ‘5 tips to helping loved ones with dementia enjoy the holidays’ for Chicago’s Daily Herald.

This year I figured I’d do a reboot!

Spending time together as a family, especially around the holidays, is priceless. Yet, this can be a challenging season for individuals with Alzheimer's disease, or memory care needs, and their loved ones, but a little preparation can make a big difference! Here are 5 easy, hands-on techniques you can use to enjoy this holiday season together.


Tip #1

Bring a family pet along! This provides a wonderful connection to someone who may not always be able to fully communicate. Furry friends also assist as conversation starters. If a real-life pet is not an option, check out our Companion Pets.


Tip #2

During visits, provide your loved one with an object they can hold to reduce confusion and fear. This can rewire the brain to form new connections and helps ground the person in...

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