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Join the Cause - Together We Can End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association is close to our hearts at Carlton Senior Living as the need for our Memory Care program continues to grow. For over 32 years, we have striven to provide the best possible care for our residents through education, specialized programs and unique services which are especially paramount to those affected by the disease. That is why we proudly support The Alzheimer’s Association, an American non-profit organization that focuses on care, support, and research for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Carlton Senior Living President, Dave Coluzzi, on stage at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Walnut Creek (pictur …


by Denee Naro

Alzheimer’s Care, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, dementia-alzheimers-news

Is Your Senior Loved One Hiding Dementia?

Finding out that their loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is a shock for many different families. Sometimes the person seems fine for a long period of time, only for the family to find out that the person’s mind is confused the next. It is important to understand that these issues do not happen overnight. It might be possible for families to overlook these issues, because they happen so gradually. It is imperative that you know what to look for to determine whether your loved one is hiding memory issues. Sign #1 – Trouble With Logical Thinking Some seniors might have issues with simple tasks, including doing math or balancing a che …


by Jonita Dixon

Alzheimer’s Care, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory care

Family Reunions And Dementia

Because it offers a chance to reconnect with your loved ones, there are many people who look forward to family reunions. However, for seniors with dementia, this is not always a positive experience. If you are taking a senior with memory loss or dementia to a family reunion in the near future, consider these tips to make the entire situation easier. Tip #1 – Let Others Know What To Expect If your other family members do not visit on a regular basis, chances are that they have no clue that your loved one is experiencing memory loss. Oftentimes this situation is confusing and heartbreaking. Make sure that people are aware of the condition befor …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory care, Senior Living Lifestyle

What Makes Memory Care So Unique?

Despite the fact that it is more expensive than the traditional assisted living options, memory care is becoming a fast growing option for seniors. This is because it is a specialized treatment option that caters to those struggling with dementia. You often find: Design features and color-coded hallways to help with easy navigation; Sensory-based programming; A low staff-to-resident ratio; A secure environment where residents can walk. In order to match the demands of an aging population, many of the better living facilities are offering these memory care options. A few of the different resident quality-of-life factors that notice improvement …


by Jonita Dixon

Alzheimer’s Care, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory care

Start the Conversation About Dementia

Dementia is both an uncomfortable and emotional topic to discuss. If you believe that someone close to you is suffering from memory loss or a cognitive disorder, we understand that it is a challenge to approach the topic. These are a few ways that you can make it easier or help yourself in the future. Tip #1 – Share The Burden Oftentimes our elderly loved ones do not want to bother us with their problem. It is difficult to envision a parent-child role reversal. This is why it is vitally important that you speak up and make sure that you get the conversation started. Rather than making it about them “you have a problem and I think that you nee …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory care

Brain Training Programs for Dementia

Even though we cannot cure dementia, there are a few things that we can do to make sure that our brain remains ‘active’, even as we get on in life. These are a few of the different ways that people are able to train against dementia. Method #1 – Work Socially Complex Jobs Even though this is not necessarily a training option, there are studies that reveal that you can affect memory decline because of the type of work you do. Those who have jobs that involve complex interactions with others tended to do far better. This is probably because the brains are being challenged, forced to think. As a result, the links and bonds are strengthened. Meth …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory care, Nutrition Tips

Quarterly Creation Winners - Downtown Pleasant Hill

Each quarter our Memory Care Residents focus on creating a beautiful interpretation of a famous piece of art work. The goal is to get residents at all stages of dementia to participate in the project at some level. The residents are encouraged to use their imagination to create what they see- there is no right or wrong interpretation. Their art work is entered into our Quarterly Creation Contest, and the Home Office votes on the most creative piece of art. This quarter our Memory Care residents created their interpretation of Starry Starry Night by Van Gogh. This quarter our winner is…..Downtown Pleasant Hill!!!!!!!!! Please enjoy the photo …


by Jonita Dixon

Alzheimer’s Care, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Events, Assisted Living Facilities, Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Dementia Care, Memory care

What Is Vascular Dementia Exactly?

Vascular dementia is one of the most common forms of dementia; in fact, it is the second most common form of dementia right after Alzheimer’s disease. It occurs when our brain does not receive enough of the nutrients and oxygen that it needs. The lack of blood to the brain causes brain damage, which affects judgment, planning, reasoning, memory, and other thought processes. There is a significant difference between vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, because dementia affects our white matter (which includes the connecting fibers) while Alzheimer’s disease primarily affects the gray matter (the main bodies of nerve cells). Both forms of …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory care

How to Manage Incontinence with Dementia

People with dementia might have problems with incontinence, accidents, or just with using the toilet. Especially as the disease progresses, chances are that these problems are going to increase. However, incontinence is not an inevitable issue and support is certainly available. Why Might Someone Experience Issues With incontinence? There are several different reasons that seniors might experience issues with incontinence. A number of the different causes of incontinence may include: No attempt to find the bathroom – This might be because the person is distracted, because of depression, or because of a lack of motivation. Not letting others h …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory care

Coping Tips For Sundowning Behavior

Sundowning is a behavior that is related to dementia and refers to someone acting more erratic during the evening and nighttime hours. A few of the symptoms include increase disorientation, confusion, and agitation. While most people without dementia find that their evening can be a great time to relax and wind down after a long day, the evening is often quite different for those who have dementia. While the behavior itself might not be entirely understood, it is possible to cope with this issue as best as possible with the following tips: Do not try to do everything yourself – too many caregivers run into problems with exhaustion or frustrat …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Caregivers, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory care

A Possible Link Between Disrupted Sleep And Alzheimer’s Disease

People often assume that disrupted sleep is a side effect of Alzheimer’s disease destroying someone’s biological clock, but that theory has since been proven inaccurate by researchers out of Cambridge, Berkley and other prestigious universities. Researchers are confident that they have a link that may cause the disruption. The Link Between Sleep, Beta Amyloid, and Alzheimer’s disease Researchers from Cambridge University looked at the biological clock from fruit flies, both fruit flies that had Alzheimer’s disease and those that did not. They used infrared beams to check the sleep patterns of both groups of fruit flies. What they found is tha …


by Jonita Dixon

Alzheimer’s Care, Blog, Carlton Senior Living, Dementia Care, Memory care, New Research