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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Long Distance Caregiving Tips for Those Supporting from Afar

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

If you are someone providing care support to a friend, relative or parent and you live over an hour away….YOU are a long-distance caregiver! Additionally, it’s not uncommon for long-distance caregivers to be simultaneously juggling care of their own children with career responsibilities on top of their long-distance duties. Those navigating from afar often expend

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Five New Year Suggestions for Family Caregivers!

By Ellen Belk, BC-DEd, 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, BC-DEd, 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, BC-DEd, 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, BC-DEd, 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, BC-DEd, 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, BC-DEd, 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, BC-DEd, 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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