Caregiving Credo

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Jun 8, 2021

  With over 16 million family members providing Dementia care to a loved one in America, the need is great for ensuring those families have the necessary resources and tools to support their efforts. So much of the fundraising goes towards finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and other Dementia’s.  More than five million Americans are

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Pay Attention to ALL the Personal Care Needs of those with Dementia

By Ellen Belk, CDP | May 25, 2021

10,000 Boomers a day have been turning 65 years old since the year 2011. By the year 2030 the entire generation estimated at 73 million, will be at least 65 years old. This means the number of persons aged 65 and older is growing more rapidly than the rest of the population of the United

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Making Food Modifications for Dementia Success

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Mar 25, 2021

Some of our fondest memories in life involve sharing a meal with friends and family. Food brings people together, nourishing both body and soul. Think of all the celebrations, holidays, and reasons why you gather around a table to share a meal with those you love. Laughter, stories, reminiscing and long conversations seem to flow

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Dementia Communication – A LOVE Language

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Mar 3, 2021

Communication is the sharing of thoughts, information, and feelings. Without shared thoughts, information or feelings there is NO communication. When there is no communication, there is no relationship. If you are a professional caregiver or a valued family member providing care support to someone with Alzheimer’s or another Dementia, you know all too well how

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The Financial & Personal Costs of Dementia Care

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Feb 18, 2021

Providing Dementia care is challenging. According to the National Alzheimer’s Association 2020 Facts & Figures report,83% of the help provided to older adults in the United States comes from family members, friends, or other unpaid caregivers. Nearly half of all those unpaid folks are caring for someone with Dementia. That’s 16 million Americans providing Dementia

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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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