Helpful Information for Seniors, Caregivers
Introduced by Emeritus Senior Living
Video series of safety tips, holiday help with
Alzheimer’s patients and website on living with dementia all available
See sample of Maude video on helpful hints for eldercare
providers and seniors below.
Dec. 3, 2013 – Emeritus Senior Living is promoting
their services for seniors and their caregivers with innovative
information services that are providing useful and helpful information.
The latest include tips on celebrating the holidays with an Alzheimer’s
patient, a video series providing tips to help seniors and caregivers
lead safer and healthier lives and a new website with a variety of
resources for people living with dementia.
Celebrating the Holidays When a Loved One Has
Holiday joy can be mixed with stress for those
caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease. In fact, the number of
calls to the Alzheimer's Association national hotline about people with
dementia who have wandered away traditionally increases 10-percent
during the November and December holidays.
However, an expert with
Emeritus Senior Living
says with the right approaches the season can be successful for all
concerned. To help families with this issue, Emeritus will launched its
"Memorable Moments" initiative in November, National Alzheimer's disease
As part of the program, Emeritus professionals will
visit seniors with dementia and their caregivers to provide insights
into creating a smooth, joyful holiday experience. During the visits,
Emeritus will deliver free "Memorable Moments" booklets on the topic and
a dining set specially designed to enhance the dining experience for
those with Alzheimer's.
"The key to a successful holiday season is
involving loved ones with memory loss into activities to the appropriate
extent, so they feel involved and cared about, but not to the point that
it becomes overwhelming," said Emeritus Vice President Kelly Scott, who
offers the following recommendations.
Involve them in the preparations: Ask your
loved one to help you make ornaments, decorate the tree, polish the
menorah, wrap presents, and stuff envelopes. "At times, people with
Alzheimer's wander because they are frustrated by having nothing to do,"
Scott said. "Asking them to help enables him or her to feel productive
Bring the party home: If you choose to
entertain, invite people to the home of your loved one. This will create
a more comfortable environment and reduce the stress of having to
travel. "We suggest limiting the number of people you invite, because
large crowds can be confusing for people with memory loss," she said.
"We also recommend showing your loved one pictures of the people coming
and talk about how your loved one knows them."
Prepare visitors: Talk to friends and family
before they arrive so they know what circumstances to be prepared for
when meeting with your loved one. As people with dementia may remember
faces, but not names, have guests wear name tags.
Make meals easier: Make it simpler for your
loved one to eat by creating color contrast between the tablecloth, the
plates, and the food being served, so each is easy to distinguish
visually. Set the table with shallow bowls with wide brims rather than
flat plates or deep bowls; they're easy and neat to dine from, and can
be used for all of the fare. Provide utensils with large, easy-to-grasp
handles. "We recommend serving your loved one's beverages in the same
kind of glasses that others are using, but include a straw to make them
easier to sip," said Scott.
Take care of yourself: Ask for and accept
help from family and friends. Make sure you take time for yourself
during this hectic season. Take a nap, go to a movie, or do something
else you enjoy. This will keep you energized for the busy season and
better able to care for your loved one.
Holidays offer key to unlock long term memories:
The holidays can provide a powerful reminiscing tool for anyone with
dementia. The season is nostalgic for all of us, making it a very
magical time to have your loved one be truly engaged and by recreating,
reliving or simply discussing holiday family traditions. Engage them in
a familiar family tradition, even from their childhood. Making a special
recipe such as fudge, cookies or egg nog for Christmas or making latkes
for Hanukkah are just two of many activities that can bring back
memories and feelings of joy.
"The holidays are such a wonderful family time and
it's important for those with Alzheimer's or dementia to be able to
share in this special season," Scott said. "We hope these approaches
will help families in having a joyful celebration."
If you or someone you know could benefit from a
free home visit and Memorable Moments kit, locate your nearest
Alzheimer's and Memory Care community at
Maude Video Series Featuring Tips for Seniors
and Those Who Care for Them
Emeritus Senior Living has launched a video series
that provides valuable tips and information to help seniors – and those
who love and care for them – lead safer and healthier lives.
The videos star the animated
character, Maude, who likes to meddle and dole out advice – but always
for the greater good. A new video will be launched each Tuesday at
Maude's Facebook page,
and her Twitter profile, @MeddlingMaude.
"We've taken a lighthearted
and humorous approach to topics that can have serious implications for
Jayne Sallerson, Emeritus Senior Living executive
vice president. "For instance, Maude talks about how to reduce the risk
of falls, avoid scams, get a better night's sleep, and how to improve
brain health, which can help delay the onset of the symptoms of
Alzheimer's and dementia."
As families gather for the
holiday season, the videos can provide adult children of seniors with a
fun and easy way to start a conversation about topics that may be
difficult to approach. The videos, such as 'How to Live to be 100,'–
which features advice from real-life centenarians – are perfect for the
entire family to enjoy, as much of Maude's advice is applicable to
people of all ages.
The video series is part of
Emeritus Senior Living's "Safely Somewhere" program, the goal of which
is to help ensure all seniors are safe wherever they live.
"Join Their Journey"
Website to Help People Caring for a Loved One with Dementia
Emeritus Senior Living has launched a new website -
- that provides a variety of resources for people living with dementia
and the people who care for them.
'Join Their Journey' is the
name for Emeritus Senior Living's family-centered approach to memory
care, which is available at 300 Emeritus communities.
"No family's journey with
caring for a loved one with memory loss is the same," says
Scott, Vice President of Program Development and
Innovation for Emeritus. "That's why our program is individualized to
meet each resident's specific needs as well as the needs of their family
'Join Their Journey' is a
comprehensive program that integrates six program signatures—Wellness, A
Nurturing Environment, Dining and Socialization, Life Enrichment, Family
Partnerships, and A Dedicated Team—to provide a holistic approach to
help seniors living with dementia.
"Just because someone starts
losing their memory doesn't mean they lose their passion for life," says
Scott. "People living with dementia still have the need for activity,
connection and socialization. 'Join Their Journey' provides both
Emeritus staff and family members with the tools to help ensure all of
our residents are leading joyful and purposeful lives."
caregiver tips, ways to increase brain health, a way to request a free
home visit to ensure you or a loved one is living safely, and other
resources and information for those dealing with dementia.
About Emeritus Senior
Emeritus Senior Living reports to be the largest assisted living and
memory care provider in the U.S., with the ability to serve nearly
54,000 residents. More than 31,000 employees support approximately 510
communities throughout 45 states. Emeritus offers the spectrum of senior
residential choices, care options, and life enrichment programs that
fulfill individual needs and promote purposeful living during the aging
process. Senior living service offerings include independent living,
assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, home health care, and
rehabilitation services. Emeritus experts provide insights on senior
living and care at
Emeritus' common stock is traded on the
New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol ESC.
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