Adaptive Food Options For Those With Dementia

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Jan 12, 2021

As a holistic Dementia Care solutions Expert, I believe in infusing non-pharma interventions into our care efforts for those we’re serving. The four pillars that guide my philosophy are: Environment, Communication, Nutrition, and Engagement. It’s my belief, that by paying close attention to these four areas as a first line of defense, we’ll have higher

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Holistic Suggestions for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Jan 12, 2021

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of Dementia accounting for 60-80% of all cases. One out of three senior citizens die with either Alzheimer’s disease or another form of Dementia. This accounts for more Dementia-related deaths than breast cancer or prostate cancer combined. No new Alzheimer’s drug has been approved since 2003! In fact, a

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Giving Thanks for Family Caregivers

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Dec 17, 2020

Did you know that nearly 44 million Americans provide 37 billion hours of unpaid (informal) care each year for adult family members, friends or neighbors with chronic illnesses or conditions? According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, female family caregivers provide over 75% of caregiving support in the United States. The duties of family caregiving can

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Planning Dementia-Friendly Holiday Celebrations

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Dec 7, 2020

For some people, the holiday season is a time of great joy, filled with fun and tradition. However for others, the holidays (even in a non-pandemic year) 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

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Say “NO” to the Status Quo!

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Nov 17, 2020

Delivering Bigger/Bolder Options to Enhance the Resident Experience in Senior Living Senior Living Owners & Operators, if we’ve learned anything during the quarantine of 2020; it’s that there is a ton of opportunity to reimagine how we measure success in the Resident Experience Department. Gone are the days where we consider large groups of folks

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Silver Living Strategies include Fruits and Veggies

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Aug 12, 2020

 Are you providing care to a Silver citizen? Are You a seasoned citizen over the age of 60? The nutritional benefits of whole fruits combined with colorful fresh vegetables have an immediate impact on overall health and well- being in aging bodies. Whether you’re creating meals for yourself or a loved one in your care; remember

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Dementia – Ready for Reality TV?

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Aug 12, 2020

Dementia – Ready for Reality TV? With the explosion of Reality TV, what used to be considered mundane, private or off-limits is now broadcast in Technicolor for the world to see. Millions watch survivors forage in the wild or follow pregnant teenage drama. Audiences scrutinize rogue Amish youth, excessive hoarders, extreme coupon clippers and folks battling addictions. Who could’ve imagined these previously

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What’s in a Name

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Aug 12, 2020

What’s in a Name? A Key to Dementia Communication   Providing care for someone with an Alzheimer’s or a related Dementia diagnosis takes substantial effort and a skill-set that is highlighted by the ability to communicate effectively. “Good Morning Mary” I smile as I extend my hand. Mary gingerly accepts it with a quizzical look on

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It takes a TEAM to Care

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Aug 12, 2020

Look to the success of championship teams for Dementia care inspiration……. What do the Chicago Bulls, New York Yankees, and Green Bay Packers have in common? All three of these franchises have set records in their respective sports for multiple Championships. In the 1990’s the Bulls permanently placed their name in the record books by winning three consecutive Championships not

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