Life at The Clare

Memory Mondays: Your Eyes May Be the Window to an Early Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

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They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but new research suggests your eyes may be the window to an early Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. That’s because Alzheimer’s affects the retina, or the back of the eye, in a similar way to how the disease affects the brain, according to neuroscience researchers at Cedars-Sinai … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Your Eyes May Be the Window to an Early Alzheimer’s Diagnosis”

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Artist Profile, Wendy Nixon: With Art Comes Healing

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For some, art is simply a hobby. For others, art is a way to make a living. But for Clare resident Wendy Nixon, art is a means of survival. “My definition of peace of mind, healing and happiness is closely associated with artistic expression,” Wendy says. “The older I get, the more I believe that … Continue reading “Artist Profile, Wendy Nixon: With Art Comes Healing”

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Memory Mondays: One Night of Poor Sleep Can Affect Your Alzheimer’s Risk

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We all have nights where we toss and turn, struggling to fall asleep. It’s known that Alzheimer’s disease itself leads to disruptive sleep patterns, and also that quality of sleep can either positively or negatively influence brain health. But new research suggests that even one night of poor sleep can affect your Alzheimer’s risk. Otherwise … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: One Night of Poor Sleep Can Affect Your Alzheimer’s Risk”

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Memory Mondays: Music and Alzheimer’s

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Music has the power to enrich anyone’s life, and especially the lives of those with Alzheimer’s disease. Some might say that music and Alzheimer’s go hand in hand. Even as the dementia progresses, music allows for self-expression, engagement and more. Research suggests the main areas in the brain linked to musical memory aren’t highly affected by … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Music and Alzheimer’s”

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The Benefits of Aging

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Negative stereotypes around aging run rampant in our society. This may cause many of us to fear getting older, yet there are so many tremendous benefits of aging that we tend to ignore. Take grandchildren as a prime example. You’ll experience the joy of having young children around, without the stress and pressure that often … Continue reading “The Benefits of Aging”

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Memory Mondays: The Different Types of Dementia

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The term dementia denotes loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease may be the most prevalent form, but there are many other types of dementia that afflict our population. At The Clare, we accommodate the various types of dementia in our memory care wing, where all residents … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: The Different Types of Dementia”

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Memory Mondays: How to Communicate with People with Dementia

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Care for those who have dementia or memory concerns doesn’t fall entirely to their caregivers or family members. They’re often significantly influenced by interactions with those around them. This means we all have a certain responsibility to learn the best ways to communicate with people with dementia. Here at The Clare, we recently launched a … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: How to Communicate with People with Dementia”

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3 Tips to Make Senior Living Feel Like Home

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How can you make senior living feel like home? Often, one of the biggest struggles for older adults transitioning to senior living results from leaving the home environment they’ve been accustomed to for years. They’re expected to downsize their home for retirement, which may mean leaving behind furniture or other items that have made their house a home. … Continue reading “3 Tips to Make Senior Living Feel Like Home”

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Polish History in Chicago

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Travel around Chicago and you’ll quickly find numerous Polish groceries, restaurants, and festivals. While New York and London both have a larger number of Poles, Chicago’s population holds the highest percentage of Polish descendants in the United States – 7.3% in the 2000 census. Polish history and culture largely impact Chicago today. But why did … Continue reading “Polish History in Chicago”

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