Planning Dementia-Friendly Holiday Celebrations

By Ellen Belk, BC-DEd, CDP | Dec 13, 2023

For some people, the holiday season is a time of great joy, filled with fun and tradition. However for others, the holidays can be a source of sadness that triggers loneliness or depression. Additionally, the varied emotions that emerge during this season can be even more challenging for those family members providing care to a

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Dementia Friendly Father’s Day Celebrations!

By Ellen Belk, BC-DEd, CDP | Jun 1, 2023

This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 18th! Often a day when families gather, games are played and grills are fired up! For those who have Fathers, Grand Fathers, or Father figures living with Dementia; you may wonder if celebrations are still appropriate. You may be hesitant to throw a party or invite the

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Critter Companions as Pet Therapy

By Ellen Belk, BC-DEd, CDP | Mar 30, 2023

The companionship of a pet can be a vital component of bringing purpose and engagement opportunities for all humans. However, older adults are especially impacted in positive ways when they spend time with a pet. Engaging with animals can combat loneliness and isolation, bring comfort and camaraderie while reducing stress and enhancing overall health and

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Brain Health & it’s Connection to Overall Health

By Ellen Belk, BC-DEd, CDP | Mar 20, 2023

The brain is arguably the most complex organ in the human body and is recognized as the body’s command center, influencing every aspect of a person’s life.   The World Health Organization (WHO) describes brain health this way: Brain health is the state of brain functioning across cognitive, sensory, social-emotional, behavioral, and motor domains, allowing

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Activity Ideas for Men Living with Dementia

By Ellen Belk, BC-DEd, CDP | Dec 15, 2022

In 2011, the largest ever demographic generation of the American population known as the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation started turning age 65 years old. Unfortunately, the same age at which the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementias begin to increase. Per the 2022 Alzheimer’s Association Facts & Figures report, by 2030 the segment of the

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Facts About Falls & Why We Want Elders to Avoid Them

By Ellen Belk, BC-DEd, CDP | Sep 14, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than one out of four older adults (65+) fall each year, making falls a legitimate public health concern within this demographic. However, less than half tell their doctor. Additionally, the CDC adds that falling once doubles your chances of falling again. Risk Factors For

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Are You Dehydrated? / Many Americans are so Let’s Get Drinking!

By Ellen Belk, BC-DEd, CDP | Aug 11, 2022

Keep In Mind, Inc. Founder Ellen Belk recently conducted a 30-minute webinar for the Knowledgeable Aging platform on the importance of maintaining a robust hydration routine for overall wellness. In this session, she covers how to determine if you are dehydrated, how dehydration can exacerbate other health-related conditions and she shares some simple-to-execute tips to

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Assisted Living: Past Present and Future

By Ellen Belk, BC-DEd, CDP | Jun 22, 2022

How many Americans do you think are able to clearly identify the differences between living in a skilled nursing environment and an assisted living community? Do YOU know the difference? Keep In Mind, Inc. Founder, Ellen Belk was a guest on the BOOMER TODAY podcast recently and shared her thoughts on the bad ‘public relations’

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A Springtime Q&A with Dementia expert and Founder of Keep In Mind, Inc. Ellen Belk

By Ellen Belk, BC-DEd, CDP | Apr 13, 2022

Thanks to my client Hearth Management for this second opportunity to answer their Dementia related questions. I’m always grateful for the opportunity! HEARTH: Sometimes those living with Dementia may make socially inappropriate comments or not recognize their immediate family members, should we be scolding, correcting or continually reminding when these things occur? ELLEN: Thanks for

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When Dementia Disrupts the Conversation

By Ellen Belk, BC-DEd, CDP | Mar 8, 2022

Have you ever traveled to another place or country where you didn’t speak the language? If so, how did you communicate? Did you use hand gestures, facial expressions or rely on body language to convey your message? Or did you simply speak louder in your native language, hoping that miraculously someone would understand you at

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