Empowerment: Taking a New Approach to Dementia

Part 2: Seeking the solutions Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias (ADRD) is an intricate process. As we explored in our previous blog, poor outcomes, such as too many hospitalizations, negative behaviors, and overuse of psychotropic medications, have been pervasive. Innovators in memory care services are taking new approaches to ADRD focused on person-centered care, improved …

Empowerment: Taking a New Approach to Dementia

Part 1: Confronting the challenges It’s a force to be reckoned with. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) are debilitating conditions that impair memory, interfere with thought processes, and limit day-to-day functioning. As the disease continues to surge—affecting more than five million Americans and as many as 16 million by 2050—the nation is seeking new ways to care for people …

The Power of Positive Thinking: Renewing Senior Lives

A time-honored song from the 1940s says it all: “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.” Studies have found that actively fostering positive emotions can boost the immune system, stave off depression, and enhance health and quality of life overall. Choosing a positive perspective “Every person—no matter what age or health status—has the potential for wellness,” says Callie …