Life at The Clare

Memory Mondays: Dementia Care Across the Globe

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There’s been a greater prevalence of and push for dementia care across the globe in recent years. This is especially true as there’s an estimated 5.5 million people living with Alzheimer’s in America alone and almost 50 million worldwide, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. However, dementia care varies country by country, and each nation’s preparation … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Dementia Care Across the Globe”

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Memory Mondays: Alzheimer’s and Anxiety

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Anxiety affects many facets of a person’s life – including cognitive function. Now, the relationship between Alzheimer’s and anxiety is becoming increasingly apparent, prompting a greater push to alter lifestyle choices and implement better stress management techniques for Alzheimer’s prevention. Those who suffer from severe anxiety alongside mild cognitive impairment are 135% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Alzheimer’s and Anxiety”

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Memory Mondays: Is Alzheimer’s a Modern Disease?

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The prevalence of Alzheimer’s is increasing at a rapid rate. Researchers have been searching for ways to catch the disease early and even prevent it entirely. And the modern-day predicament has caused many to wonder: Is Alzheimer’s a modern disease? Anthropologist Dr. Ben Trumble set out to get a better sense of the answer. He … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Is Alzheimer’s a Modern Disease?”

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What You Need to Know About Muscles and Aging

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There’s no denying the correlation between muscles and aging. As we get older, we lose muscle mass, and often that leads to the perception that we’re weak and unhealthy. But biological age doesn’t have to be the key indicator of overall health, and getting older doesn’t have to mean getting weaker, according to new research. … Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Muscles and Aging”

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History of Lincoln Park: Chicago

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Lincoln Park, the second-most-visited park in the United States with 20 million visitors a year, stretches across the lakefront of North Side Chicago for a sprawling seven miles. Starting from Ohio Street on the south, and running to Ardmore Avenue on the north and facing Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park is roughly 1,200 acres, making it … Continue reading “History of Lincoln Park: Chicago”

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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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Senior Living Options for Couples with Different Care Needs

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Finding suitable senior living options for couples when they have varying care needs can be difficult. One may be completely independent while the other has drastically different health demands, yet they don’t want to leave each other’s side. How can you ensure that both you and your spouse meet your emotional, social and health needs? … Continue reading “Senior Living Options for Couples with Different Care Needs”

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Memory Mondays: Effects of Dementia on Caregivers

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The effects of dementia on caregivers are more paramount than ever, as the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease increases and its impact proves devastating. In fact, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are placing unsustainable physical, emotional and financial stress on caregivers, according to survey results from the Alzheimer’s Association. And many caregivers are going it … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Effects of Dementia on Caregivers”

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Advanced Medical Directives: Why Do You Need One?

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Healthy or not, here advanced medical directives come. Just over one-third of adults in the United States have advanced directives for medical care, according to new research findings. These documents are important when they become seriously ill or incapable of making their own health care decisions. Yet the low figure suggests more needs to be done. … Continue reading “Advanced Medical Directives: Why Do You Need One?”

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Memory Mondays: Early Signs of Cognitive Decline May Include Speech

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Changes in your speech may be one of many early signs of cognitive decline. New research notes that more pauses, filler words and other verbal alterations can indicate whether you’re developing thinking problems, which may result in Alzheimer’s disease. The findings suggest there are aspects of language affected much earlier than previously believed, occurring prior … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Early Signs of Cognitive Decline May Include Speech”

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Why More Seniors Work After Retirement

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Retirement isn’t all rest, relaxation and an escape from your job. These days, the retirement age seems obsolete, as more seniors work through their older years. It’s not necessarily because these seniors are workaholics, though. There are many reasons for and benefits to continuing to work after retirement. In fact, many experts at Columbia’s 2016 Age … Continue reading “Why More Seniors Work After Retirement”

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2017 Apple Picking Near Chicago

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As fall rolls around, families want to bake all their favorite apple recipes. Of course, these all taste better when made from fresh-picked apples from your local orchard. Most apple orchards around Chicago open for pick your own apples in mid- to late-August or Labor Day weekend. With corn mazes, apple-themed sweets, bee exhibits, and … Continue reading “2017 Apple Picking Near Chicago”

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