Reducing Falls in Memory Care Through Innovative Technologies
Alzheimer’s Care | February 5, 2018

Reducing Falls in Memory Care Through Innovative Technologies

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, falls are the primary cause of Alzheimer disease–related hospitalizations, contributing to 26 percent of all hospitalizations in the United States. Stats like this are hard to ignore and, because of this, Carlton Senior Living was excited to be the first facility to deploy an innovative technology offered by SafelyYou that has resulted in an 80 percent reduction in falls [1]. In 2017, Carlton Senior Living Davis partnered with Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research, an affiliate of UC Berkeley, to test the SafelyYou system to detect falls and prevent future falls within our memory care environment. …

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Alzheimer’s Care | October 24, 2017

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 …

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Is Your Senior Loved One Hiding Dementia?
Alzheimer’s Care | November 24, 2016

Is Your Senior Loved One Hiding Dementia?

Discovering 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 …

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Family Reunions And Dementia
Dementia Care | November 7, 2016

Family Reunions And Dementia

There are many people who look forward to family reunions as if offers the change to reconnect with your loved ones. For seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia, however, 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 and more comfortable or everyone: 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 …

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Start the Conversation About Dementia
Alzheimer’s Care | October 18, 2016

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 …

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Quarterly Creation Winners – Downtown Pleasant Hill
Alzheimer’s Care | September 27, 2016

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 …

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What Is Vascular Dementia Exactly?
Dementia Care | September 22, 2016

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 …

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Coping Tips For Sundowning Behavior
Caregiver Resources | August 12, 2016

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 …

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Signs of Mental Illness In Seniors
Memory Care | July 4, 2016

Signs of Mental Illness In Seniors

How can you tell the difference between the normal changes of getting older and symptoms of mental illness? Both severe cognitive impairment and dementia are the most common mental health issue among the elderly. Unfortunately, while fairly widespread among older adults, mood disorders and depression often go undiagnosed and untreated with the elderly. Risk Factors And Causes For Senior Mental Illness One of the problems with diagnosing and treating mental illness in seniors is the fact that older adults often report physical symptoms rather than psychiatric complaints. However, there are emotional and physical stresses that go along with agi …

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Rules For A Good Life With Dementia
Dementia Care | June 28, 2016

Rules For A Good Life With Dementia

People who work in dementia care often are asked a lot of different questions by family members and loved ones of those living with dementia. Considering that we are often on the ‘frontline’ when it comes to dementia care, the question that we are often asked is “Are you afraid of getting dementia yourself when you get older?” The truth is that honestly, while dementia is a horrible set of diseases, there are still many beautiful things that people can experience when living with dementia. If I DO ever develop dementia myself, I have come up with a list of different rules that I would like to live by. I call these “my rules for a good life”: …

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The Power Of Smell In Memory
Alzheimer’s Care | June 21, 2016

The Power Of Smell In Memory

It has likely happened to you before…you smell a familiar scent and it sends your memory spiraling back to your childhood. It can be the smell of something so simple like a pine tree, flower, newspaper ink, a new book (or an old book for that matter), and suddenly you are drawn into some of your richest memories complete with the smallest details in the most vibrant colors. How can this be? The Power Of Smell Explained It is because our olfactory senses are invoking the “odor evoked autobiographical memory,” and yes, that is a mouthful (or rather a nose-full). In other words, you just experienced what is known as Proust phenomenon, an experie …

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