Five New Year Suggestions for Family Caregivers!

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Jan 4, 2022

While caregivers can be found across the age spectrum, the majority of family caregivers are middle-aged (35-64 years old) and are employed in non-caregiving positions/careers. Look around your friend and family ‘circle-of-influence’, chances are high that you’ve got folks in your network already providing some level of family caregiving. Someday soon you may be asked

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Q&A with Dementia expert and Founder of Keep In Mind Ellen Belk, CDP

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Oct 28, 2021

Thank you to Hearth Management for asking me to participate in a Q&A session on Dementia to benefit their staff and family care partners!  I enjoyed the exchange and look forward to doing something like this again! HEARTH: We all know that mental stimulation is crucial for brain health as we age. What are some

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Maintaining a Daily ‘Rhythm’ For Those With Dementia

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Sep 27, 2021

There are 5+ million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. And 16+ million Americans who provide unpaid care for those with either Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia according to the 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures report. Well over half (57%) of those family caregivers in the community have provided care assistance for 4+ years.

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Culinary Care™ – Ignite the Senses with Food from the Grill!

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Aug 25, 2021

So often the sounds and smells from a backyard cookout fill the summertime air in the areas we live. Kids running, playing, and giggling while the adults lounge and laugh, and the grill-master of the group tends to the grilling-duties. Although cookouts are often woven into summertime celebrations like Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and the

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3 Minute High Impact Encounters for Dementia Caregivers

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Jul 21, 2021

There are over 16 million Americans providing unpaid caregiving support to someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another Dementia. These caregivers provided an estimated 18.6 billion hours of care valued at nearly $244 billion dollars! (per the 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures report) Imagine ‘every-day-people, often with minimal training and/or understanding of the Dementia journey;

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The Health & Wellness Benefits of Getting Outside!

By Ellen Belk, CDP | Jun 23, 2021

With business professionals working at a desk all day, youngsters on couches playing video games, and aging elders forced into indoor isolation; we’ve got a nation of sedentary people! A massive rise in the ‘sitting disease’ has developed.  The ‘Sitting Disease’ Can Stress You Out Having a sedentary lifestyle can literally stress you out. Yes,

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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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