There are times in our lives when we all feel lonely. Sometimes, our loss is profound: the death of a loved one, the breakup of a relationship, starting over in a new environment. Other times, we may simply feel “out of step” with the way everyone else appears to be behaving, or feeling, or with life milestones that others may be accomplishing but which we haven’t quite gotten to yet. Whatever the reason, though, know that loneliness (on occasion) is normal. As humans, we naturally crave togetherness and meaningful relationships. Loneliness may come and go – and come again during different periods of transition in our lives. While long lasting, persistent feelings of loneliness are not healthy, steps can be taken to alleviate this perception of alienation.READ MORE
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1. Don't delay and don't talk yourself out of it. It's time to capture grandma and grandpa in print, on video, via audio, or writing via the web. Grandma's life story or grandpa's life story is far more interesting than you can ever imagine. Really and truly, your own grandparents can tell you things that no one else can share.READ MORE
YOU Are Special!
Each one of us is a wonderful, unique individual. The way in which the people, places, and events of our lives have influenced us has made us who we are today. How we interpret these events creates our world view. Even so, there are many experiences that are universal, and remarkable historical events that we have all shared. You are special - and people want to know your story!READ MORE
For thousands of years, people have shared stories around the campfire, the hearth, and the kitchen table. We human beings are practically pre-programmed to enjoy telling and sharing our stories. Taken in its simplest form, Reminiscence Therapy (or RT) is recalling and discussing the people, places, and events that shaped us. More than merely retelling the same old story, however, Reminiscence Therapy delves deeper and is used as a therapeutic tool that improves mood, reduces the use of pharmacological interventions, and improves quality of life. Plus, it’s fun!READ MORE
Dementia Changes People
Your loved one or resident is changing. Your once gregarious, “life of the party” spouse is now reticent and restrained. Your college educated, thoughtful father is now forgetful and impulsive. And – perhaps the hardest situation of all – your once gentle and caring mother has begun to angrily lash out at caregivers, friends, and even family. The manner in which you once communicated with these individuals is no longer effective. Comprehensive dementia care must consist of a new, inclusive way to share information with those individuals with Alzheimer’s and other memory affective disorders.READ MORE