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When Parents Refuse to Leave Their Home

If you have a parent who needs some extra help and care to continue living at home, you may be unsure of where to turn. Are you able to provide the care they need to stay home, or will you need to hire services to come in and care for...Read More »


6 Tips for a Successful Visit to See Grandparents in Assisted Living

When a grandparent moves to an Assisted Living community, you may be concerned because they need more care than they used to. This doesn’t mean that your loved one has changed, however. Seniors who move into an Assisted Living community still want to enjoy independence and visits from their loved...Read More »


How to Effectively Redirect Shadowing in Those With Dementia

When someone you love has dementia, the wide range of symptoms and side effects can be daunting. From emotional changes in their loved one to increasing care needs and trouble sleeping, caregivers often feel overwhelmed, stressed and particularly burnt out as dementia progresses in their loved one because of all...Read More »


Protecting Seniors from Scams

In a world that is becoming much more technology based, it’s important to know how to stay safe when surfing the internet or talking to strangers on the phone. As one of the most susceptible groups to be targeted for scams, seniors should be even more careful. According to the...Read More »


Understanding Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Understanding Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5.5 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association®, and every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease. While Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.3 million seniors ages 65 and over, it can also affect those who are younger. In fact,...Read More »


Making Memory Care Feel Like Home

Making Memory Care Feel Like Home

Moving to a memory care community is not always an easy choice, no matter if you are the senior moving or the family members who see the need for a move. Depending on your situation, you may receive reluctance from a loved one about moving...Read More »


Making the Transition to Memory Care

Making the Transition to Memory Care

If you are beginning to notice your loved one may be having memory impairment issues or are having increased difficulty taking care of themselves, you may be considering moving them to a memory care community. Moving your loved one to a memory care community may...Read More »


Senior Nutrition: 10 Tips for Better Health

Senior Nutrition: 10 Tips for Better Health

Nutrition is an important part of any healthy lifestyle no matter what age, however, nutritional needs do change as people age. Seniors, for example, have different health and nutritional needs than teenagers and other adults. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA),...Read More »


Making Memory Care Feel Like Home

Moving to a memory care community is not always an easy choice, no matter if you are the senior moving or the family members who see the need for a move. Depending on your situation, you may receive reluctance from a loved one about moving although you want what’s best...Read More »


Importance of Socializing for Seniors

As seniors age, it’s common to notice a change in their amount of social interaction. Many times, this change comes as a result of health conditions, limitations in mobility and lack of ability to go visit friends. It becomes even harder as seniors continue aging and begin to need more...Read More »


Preventing Wandering in Seniors

A common symptom of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is wandering. According to the Alzheimer’s Association® six in ten people will wander. Many of which will not remember their name, address or how to get back home. This can become extremely dangerous as Alzheimer’s disease progresses, and it’s...Read More »


Protecting Seniors from Scams

In a world that is becoming much more technology based, it’s important to know how to stay safe when surfing the internet or talking to strangers on the phone. As one of the most susceptible groups to be targeted for scams, seniors should be even more careful. According to the...Read More »


Memory Care Aromatherapy: Transporting Your Loved One to Happier Times

“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains” – Diane Ackerman

Ms. Ackerman was not speaking about memory care therapy, but she very well could have been. Although Alzheimer’s disease and other...Read More »


Importance of Socializing for Seniors

As seniors age, it’s common to notice a change in their amount of social interaction. Many times, this change comes as a result of health conditions, limitations in mobility and lack of ability to go visit friends. It becomes even harder as seniors continue aging and begin to need more...Read More »


Making Memory Care Feel Like Home

Moving to a memory care community is not always an easy choice, no matter if you are the senior moving or the family members who see the need for a move. Depending on your situation, you may receive reluctance from a loved one about moving although you want what’s best...Read More »


5 Ways You Can Cope with Dangerous Caregiver Isolation

At-home caregivers of aging loved ones and those with memory loss face a variety of daily challenges,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at the beautiful new Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois. “Some of these challenges are obvious, for example, physical and emotional stress. However, others are more subtle, such as...Read More »


Expert Tips to Help You Decide if it’s Time for 24/7 Memory Care

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When is the Right Time for 24/7 Professional Memory Care?

“Unlike other medical disorders that progress at a rather predictable rate, the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can vary significantly from person to person,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at the beautiful new Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois.

“For family members providing memory care to a loved...Read More »


7 Reasons Why Time Outdoors is Good for Seniors’ Health

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The Value of Time Outdoors: A Simple Path to Better Health for Seniors

Ahhhhh, the great outdoors! Sunshine, fresh air and…better health?

“Yes,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at soon-to-open Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois.

“Health and aging specialists now say that spending time outdoors can overcome sluggishness and provide us with several valuable physical and mental health benefits. This is especially important news for...Read More »


Elder Law: Tips on the Importance of Legal Planning for Seniors

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Elder Law Planning: What Every Older Adult Needs to Know

As many older Americans can attest, as we age, changes in our life circumstances can occur rather rapidly and unexpectedly. While none of us like to dwell on the possibility of a future illness or injury, planning ahead and being prepared is the best way to ensure that you’ll always...Read More »


Caregiver Tips for Using Holistic Memory Care Therapies

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The Value of Holistic Therapies in Memory Care

“Once misunderstood, a variety of holistic therapies or ‘social engagement’ therapies are now viewed as legitimate and beneficial forms of treatment by memory care authorities,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at the beautiful new Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois.

“Today, memory care specialists with The Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s...Read More »


Senior Living Tips: Downsizing Your Home to Upsize Your Lifestyle

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Senior Living Today: Downsize Your Home, Upsize Your Lifestyle!

“Today, a large number of older Americans are pausing to consider their next important step in life – frequently in consultation with their adult children,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at the beautiful new Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois. “Oftentimes, this involves downsizing and making the difficult decision to leave...Read More »


Tips for Helping Your Loved One with Dementia Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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How to Cope with Sleep Problems of Your Loved One with Dementia

“Gerontologists tell us that difficulty sleeping is not uncommon among older adults,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at the beautiful new Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois, However, for older persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, sleep problems tend to be much more frequent and severe. As a...Read More »


Valuable Tips for Creating a Safe Home Environment for Seniors

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Senior Health Insights: Creating a Safe Home Environment

“With an ever-increasing number of senior adults living alone in their homes today, it is extremely important to make sure that they remain safe and healthy,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at soon-to-open Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us that falls are...Read More »


Memory Care Tips for Creating Enjoyable Activities and Celebrating Successes

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Memory Care Insights: Creating Enjoyable Activities and Celebrating Successes

“If you have a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at the beautiful new Heartis Village Peoria in Peoria, Illinois, “The Alzheimer’s Association and other memory care authorities encourage you and your family to celebrate life’s special moments with them...Read More »


Senior Living Today: Dispelling 10 Old Myths

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Dispelling the Old Myths About Senior Living

“Today, senior living is a far cry from the old stereotype of sterile, joyless institutions with drab surroundings where people go in their old age,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at soon-to-open Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois. In fact, here at Heartis Village in Peoria, nothing could be further from...Read More »


Dementia Caregiver Tips on the Challenges of Changing Environments

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How to Cope with the Challenge of Changing Environments for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

“Because loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are already dealing with so much change in their lives, changes that might seem insignificant to most of us can trigger stress-related behaviors in them,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at soon-to-open Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois. Thus,...Read More »


Valuable Senior Health Tips for Reducing the Risk of Falls

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7 Simple Ways Seniors Can Reduce Their Risk of Dangerous Falls

“According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are now the leading cause of injury for older Americans,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at soon-to-open Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois.

“Statistics show that each year, one in every three adults ages 65 or older suffers a fall, and 2...Read More »


7 Tips for Effective Non-Verbal Communications in Memory Care

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7 Ways Non-Verbal Communications Can Improve Memory Care for Your Loved One

“When communicating with seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss, the old saying ‘It’s not what you say, but how you say it’ is especially true,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at soon-to-open Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois.

“According to communications experts, our physical behaviors such as posture, gestures, facial...Read More »


9 Valuable Ways Art Therapy Benefits Loved Ones with Dementia

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Art Therapy for Dementia: 9 Benefits of Engaging the Artist Within

“Despite there being no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia at this time,” Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at soon-to-open Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois, says, “memory care authorities advise that certain social engagement activities can provide valuable life-enhancing benefits to loved ones living with memory loss.”

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5 Tips on Dementia’s Challenging Behaviors and Spouse Safety

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Dementia and Challenging Behaviors: 5 Valuable Tips for Spouse Safety

As a loved one’s dementia progresses into the middle and later stages, behaviors can occur that are increasingly challenging for a spouse caregiver to deal with,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at soon-to-open Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois.

“Memory care experts say that these challenging behaviors are not only very stressful...Read More »


7 Reasons Why Busy At-Home Caregivers Should Use Respite Care

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Relief for Busy Caregivers: 7 Key Benefits of Respite Care

“Because of our large and fast-growing older population, many families today have assumed a caregiver role for their older loved ones,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at soon-to-open Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois.

“Whether it’s for an older spouse who needs help with the basic activities of daily living or a...Read More »


Healthy Aging: Tips for Eating Safely as You Age

“Healthy aging experts remind us that getting older has both its rewards and challenges,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at soon-to-open Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois. “Age can bring experience and wisdom. But it also increases the challenges to our physical well-being and overall safety.

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7 Key Things to Look for in Memory Care Assisted Living

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Alzheimer’s Caregiver Guide: 7 Things to Look for in Memory Care Assisted Living

Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois, says, “Memory care experts remind us that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are progressive in nature. This means that an individual’s physical and mental abilities will continue to decline with the passage of time.

“Despite the best efforts of...Read More »


7 Expert Tips for Making Assisted Living Feel Like Home

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7 Simple Ways to Make Assisted Living Feel More Like Home to Seniors

“Behavioral psychologists tell us that change can be difficult – no matter what our age or personality type,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at soon-to-open Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois.

“However, as we get older, dealing with substantive changes in our lives often becomes even more challenging they say. We seem...Read More »


5 Valuable Memory Care Benefits of a Therapeutic Memory Box

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Essential Memory Care Tips for Today’s Caregivers: Creating a Memory Box

“With so many families today touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, it has become increasingly important for at-home caregivers to stay current with what experts consider ‘best-practice’ therapies for memory care,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois. One such therapy involves helping...Read More »


Tips on Why Assisted Living Is Preferable to Home Care Today

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Making the Right Senior Care Choices: Why Assisted Living Is Preferred Over Home Care

“Today with our large, fast-growing older population, many senior adults and their families are evaluating various senior care options based on lifestyle, safety, care, cost and overall quality of life,” says Mary Bennyhoff, Lifestyle Specialist at Heartis Village in Peoria, Illinois. “Two of the most popular senior care options today...Read More »


Memory Care Tips: Managing the Sensory Changes of Progressive Memory Loss

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Caregiver Tips for Memory Care: Understanding the Sensory Changes of Memory Loss

Memory care experts advise that while the earliest and most obvious symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia involve forgetfulness, progressive memory loss can also affect all five of the basic human senses. As a result of these sensory changes, the person’s ability to see, hear, smell, taste...Read More »


10 Tips for Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

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A Guide to Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia today. It is a progressive, degenerative disorder that slowly damages and ultimately destroys brain cells. In doing so, it eventually leads to the loss of memory and the ability to think and carry out normal daily tasks.

According to the National Institute...Read More »