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Is It Time to Make the Move? How to Handle Delicate Conversations about Moving to a Memory Care Community

For adult children, having a conversation about moving to a memory care community with their parent or parents can be extremely challenging. Often, children delay having the conversation until after a crisis because it can be intimidating and uncomfortable. However, putting off the conversation can be risky for the wellbeing of someone living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Looking for a community in the Dallas area can be a lengthy process as you want to make sure you find the right fit for your loved one. If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, now is the time to begin this important conversation. Here are a few strategies to help ensure your conversation about memory care communities is empathetic and productive. Have realistic expectations. A single conversation is probably not going to solve the problem. Unless there is an emergency, expect that this topic is going to be ongoing over the course of several conversations. Especially so if you and your loved one have not previously discussed the possibility of moving to a memory care communities. Do your research and visit on-site. Before talking with your loved one, it’s important to have a base of knowledge about memory care communities. Being well-informed about the benefits and features of different communities in your area means you’ll be able to better answer their concerns and questions. Take time to do your research, and even consider scheduling an on-site visit before you begin the conversation with your loved one. Put yourself in their position. Before opening up the conversation, think about how you’d feel if you were in their situation. Your...

How to Prepare a Senior’s Home for the Winter

It’s no secret that the wintertime can be a more difficult as we grow older. Our bones are more sensitive to the cold and other forces of nature make wintertime more difficult for seniors. This is especially true if your loved one has a memory loss disorder such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. You may be contemplating whether or not to have your loved one reside in an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility. That choice is a tough one to make, so while your loved one is still living at home, the following will give you peace of mind this winter: Keep the pantry stocked. Weather conditions are unpredictable during this time of year and sometimes make grocery shopping difficult. Having a good supply of non perishables ready for these occasions is recommended so your loved one won’t need to get out in the weather as often. Respite care. While you navigate through your busy holiday schedule, respite care may be a good option. This allows your loved one to get care from a dementia assisted living facility but return home when you are ready. The Cottages offers expert respite care, with programs designed to fit almost any schedule. Check the gutters. This is the easiest way that unwanted water makes its way into the home during the winter. Making sure the gutters are cleared out will prevent this from happening, and save you time and money in the future. Maintain the furnace. No matter the heating system that is available in your home, keeping it in-check is key when it gets frosty outside. While simple repairs are possible from a...

5 Common Myths About Your Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s or Dementia

  As we age, it’s normal to consider our risk of developing certain health conditions, including Alzheimer’s or dementia. If you have loved ones with dementia, you might be worried about your own risk of developing memory loss or dementia. Information and misinformation is plentiful when it comes to Alzheimer’s risk and dementia. Here are five common myths about your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and facts to dispel those myths. Myth: If I live long enough, I will eventually develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Fact: Yes, there are more cases of dementia today because the average life span has increased, and risk increases with age, but not all adults will develop Alzheimer’s or dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three senior adults dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The World Health Organization estimates that just five to eight percent of the general population over age 60 is living with dementia. Nearly 14 percent of the population over age 71 has some form of dementia. Myth: I will develop Alzheimer’s disease because it runs in my family. Fact: Risk of dementia does run in families, but genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia isn’t a guarantee that you will develop dementia. People with a genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease can lower their risk by making brain-healthy lifestyle choices. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular physical activity, a healthy diet and keeping your brain active through lifelong learning may help reduce the risk of dementia as you age. Myth: Brain games are the only way to protect against dementia. Fact: Specially designed “brain games”...

The Cottages Blog Listed in Top 100 Senior Blogs

The Cottages Blog was rated in the top 100 blogs of 2019 for Seniors and Caregivers Frisco, Texas, October 8, 2019 – The Cottages organization ranks among the best memory care communities in Texas. With facilities designed specifically for those living from Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, The Cottages ensure their residents have the highest quality of life. And now, their blog is rated among the top 100 blogs on the web for seniors, families, and caregivers. Feedspot, a massive database with over 100,000 influential bloggers categorized into over 1,500 niche markets, recently published their list of the top 100 most informative and influential blogs dedicated to providing information to seniors, their families and senior caregivers on all topics relevant to them. From among many other senior blogs on the web, The Cottages was ranked as one of the best. The Cottages blog is designed to provide useful information for caregivers and loved ones of those who live with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory disorders. Featuring monthly articles on a variety of topics ranging from the latest in cutting edge research on the best environments for memory care residents, to supporting loved ones during holidays and combating loneliness in seniors. Written in a clear and concise tone, each article is designed to provide relevant information for the time of year, recent applicable news and research, and helpful tips, tricks and inside information on helping loved ones living with memory disorders live their best lives. The Cottages’ slogan, “We’re All About Life,” set the standard for residential memory care in Texas. With four locations, each one is designed using the...

The Cottages Increase Fundraising Efforts for Alzheimer’s Research

The Cottages add another fundraiser for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Amarillo, Texas, Sept. 13, 2019 – As a leader in advanced memory care, The Cottages is committed not only to providing top of the line care for those living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other memory disorders, but also contributing to research efforts to find cures for these diseases. In addition to small-scale fundraising efforts throughout the year, this summer, the Cottages launched a fundraising campaign to support the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. One of the largest annual fundraisers for Alzheimer’s research, and held in more than 600 communities nationwide, the West Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held in Amarillo, Texas on September 7, 2019. The Cottages has committed to raising much-needed funding for critical research in finding better care solutions and a cure for Alzheimer’s. The Cottages will be on site hosting a table to showcase all of the work their programs are doing to help those living with memory disorders and their families. Along with information on ways to support those living with memory disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s, The Cottages’ table will offer snacks and games to engage community members. The Cottages’ support of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event comes at the end of the organization’s sustained effort throughout the summer to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. The organization ran a series of events throughout the summer, including dine-ins at local restaurants and larger community involvement activities and events that raised a substantial amount of money to go towards future research in the fight against memory disorders. Committed to improving...