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Even at the best of times, watching a parent or loved one struggle with aging can be a difficult, emotional time. But if you’re also caring for them in their senior years, either with them living with you or by checking in with them at their home regularly, it adds a level of stress when most people already lead busy lives with their own jobs and families.

It’s particularly difficult if that loved one is living with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, and you watch their condition chip away at the person you know and love.

At Prestige, we know the toll caregiving can take, and it’s why we’re here to provide resources for those caring for an aging loved one. We hope you’ll find something that can help you as you navigate this uncertain path with your family.

While you’re reading and listening to the resources below, you may also be considering senior living for your loved one. If so, if your loved one moves into a Prestige community in November or December, they’ll get a free month of rent – a savings of up to thousands of dollars. Contact the community nearest you to learn more.

In the meantime, we hope you find the following items valuable as you care for an aging loved one.

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Below are a sample of blogs dealing with topics important to caregivers. Check back through November and December for new additions each week.

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Mental Health for Caregivers of Those With Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Assuming the Head of Household Role When a Parent Has Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Having the Conversation About Senior Living

What are the Advantages of a Memory Care Community?

How to Manage Late Day Confusion With Older Adults

How to Talk About Cognitive Decline

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Even on the go, you can get help and information regarding caregiving with these podcasts. Whether in the car on the way to work, at the gym, or while grocery shopping, these are some helpful and informative podcasts on caregiving:

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Life on Repeat

Laura is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor & Geriatric Mental Health Specialist, and founder of Eldercare Counseling and Guidance Services, which supports older adults and their families with counseling, consultations, and care management. In her podcast she “explores helpful caregiving tips, practical resources and most importantly, how to care for yourself through this journey.”

Alz In The Fam

Allan Fair’s family is one of the millions of caregivers for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Fair’s mother, who lives with dementia, is the topic of the podcast. The family talks about how they educate themselves on the progressive disease, how they heal and discuss their own genetic predispositions to dementia.

People With Parents

This one is a little different from most podcasts, in that most episodes clock in at under 10 minutes. They’re perfect for listening to during lunch at work, or in between tasks at home. It’s hosted by comedian and author Leighann Lord, and she invited everyone from celebrities to everyday caregivers on to discuss their experiences with a dose of humor.

Caregiver SOS

Caregiver SOS is a weekly podcast that details a wide range of topics related to caring for an aging loved one. The podcast features experts in caregiving, including gerontologist Carol Zernial and author Dr. James Huysman, PsyD. Topics each week can consist of end-of-life communication, healthcare technology, senior living arrangements, legal issues and long-distance caregiving, among many others.

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Caring for an aging loved one is a long path filled with new twists and turns every day. It can be difficult to know how to handle new situations as they arise. Within this section, please find resources to help you navigate different situations you may face.

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Guide to Memory Care

International Council on Active Aging Information Guides

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As mentioned earlier, you may find that your loved one’s needs extend beyond what you can reasonably take on at this point, thus necessitating a move to senior living.

At Prestige Senior Living, we run wellness programs designed to promote health and longevity among our residents. Learn more about our award-winning memory care program Expressions, and our industry-leading program Celebrations for our assisted living residents.

Contact the community nearest you to book a tour, and to learn more about how you can receive one month of free rent with a move-in by the end of the year!

We're here to help.

When it comes time to discuss the possibility of senior living, one of the main questions faced by seniors or their families is, “How do I know if it’s time?”. It can be hard to know where to start, and there are many considerations to keep in mind. This process can be overwhelming for anyone, but we’ve got you covered. The four types of care we offer at Prestige are Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Post-Acute Rehabilitation. We’ve put together some PDFs that break down what each of these categories mean, and you can share with your family to help decide what is best for you.  

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Independent Living is the best option for those who need little care and support in daily activities, but want to downsize to an apartment and have nursing, dining and cleaning services as needed.

Independent Living

Assisted Living is the best option for those who need some assistance with daily activities, such as -medication management, bathing and dressing.

Assisted Living

Memory Care is for those who live with Alzheimer’s or another dementia-related illness. These residents need higher levels of care during daily activities, and staff are specifically trained to care for residents with dementia.

Memory Care

Post-Acute Care and Rehabilitation is designed for patients looking for short-term care after recovering from a surgery or extended hospital visit.

Post-Acute Care

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"The staff here at Sunnyside have become like family to me."

Cherry
Pacific Care & Rehabilitation - Sunnyside