Restoring Hope: Supporting Memory Care Patients with the Gift of Music

Music is the universal language. For people with memory issues, it’s often a gift beyond words. Millions of aging Americans in senior care communities are living with memory challenges. Despite the best efforts of caretakers and loved ones, the lives of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) often lack connection. An innovation called Music & Memory™, launched in …

One is the Loneliest Number: Combating Senior Isolation

Part 2: Restoring community Chronic loneliness can be dangerous. As we explored in our previous blog, it has been linked to a host of health hazards—from cognitive decline and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias (ADRD) to hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. To combat the loneliness epidemic, innovators in senior care are taking new approaches to diagnosing and …

Senior Loneliness Epidemic

One is the Loneliest Number: Combating Senior Isolation

Part 1: Assessing the epidemic For America’s over-65 population, loneliness is a slippery slope. More than 40 percent of seniors regularly experience loneliness, according to a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) study. This feeling of separation and disconnection from others may predict serious health problems and even death, the UCSF researchers find. Given the consequences of loneliness, many in …

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 …