1. 6 Ways to Prevent Cognitive Decline

    Our brains are like muscles, and if not used, will decline in abilities and function. Despite popular belief, cognitive decline is not a normal symptom of aging. A decline in activity and responsibility does help advance the decline and, in the elderly, the signs become more prevalent. The good news…Read More

  2. Facts about Social Isolation

    According to the 2016 Census Bureau, nearly 28 percent of American residents 65 years and older lived alone. As we age, the chances of living alone only increase due to retirement, the death of friends and family members, and decreased mobility. While living alone is not causal of social isolation, …Read More

  3. Things That Get Better With Age

    For some reason, people tend to fear aging, convinced that somehow life is harder or closer to ending as they get older. The truth is, that there are many things that only get better with age, including life! To offer a reminder about the many great things that improve as they age, here is a list of…Read More

  4. How to Keep Your Brain Active After Retirement

    While the verdict is still out on whether or not you can ward off Alzheimer’s Disease by remaining physically and mentally active, there is absolute proof that keeping your brain active does help prevent cognitive decline —whether associated to Alzheimer’s or not! Keeping mentally “fit” he…Read More

  5. Modified Textured Diets: How to Still Spoil Your Loved One

    When your loved one lives in an assisted living center, one of the things that may happen is a texture modified diet to fit their needs and requirements. Although this does not alter the flavor of the food, it can come as a shock to family members and cause anxiety when deciding what snacks to bring…Read More

  6. Conversation Topics for the Memory Impaired

    Many family members express their own frustrations about visiting their loved ones in assisted living, who are memory impaired, due to a traumatic injury or progressive dementia. Some people even end up visiting less often than they would like because they “don’t know what to say.” As dementia…Read More

  7. Activities for the Dementia Patient

    Everyone gets bored when they are not being stimulated. For someone suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, image how frustrating being bored and confused must be! While you and I may pass the time playing a game, reading a book, or watching television, all these tasks can be frustrating w…Read More

  8. 10 Memory Loss Signs That May Indicate Alzheimer’s Disease

    Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that causes a slow decline in memory, reasoning, and thinking. Because it has a very slow onset and progression, sometimes it is easy to miss the signs before the symptoms begin to impact daily life and eventually become debilitating. Here are ten early warnin…Read More

  9. Is There a Link Between Memory Loss and Depression?

    Put on your diagnostician hat for a moment and review this patient case file: 83-year-old Bill has recently been suffering from apathy, loss of interest in activities and hobbies, social withdrawal, isolation, trouble concentrating, and impaired thinking that seem to be getting worse since his wife…Read More

  10. Memory Care versus Assisted Living: Why the Difference Matters

    In Dickinson, there are plenty of options for assisted living. Although many assisted living care communities offer memory care, the two are not one in the same and require different accommodations. At Serenity Gardens, we specialize in memory care assisted living, which sets us apart. What does mem…Read More