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Each person is unique. When someone receives a dementia diagnosis that doesn’t change. The care that he or she receives should also be unique and be right for the individual. Join Vesta to get a better understanding of dementia and explore the many types of memory care programs that exist. What care is best for my loved one? *This class is the third in a series of Vesta Senior Network classes offered at EGS4LL, but you may also register for individual…

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The life of a caregiver spouse or adult child is riddled with physical and emotional challenges that one can never really plan for. For some, there comes a time when the care needs of a loved one simply can’t be met by family at home. Maybe because we have memories of Granny sitting in a nursing home in a wheelchair with a lap blanket staring off into space or maybe we remember singing Christmas Carols in a nursing home as a Brownie Scout, we may think that we could never “put Mom in a home.” What many of us don’t know, however, is that as people have started living longer and more people have started needing care, things have changed. Once upon a time, our only option was that nursing home that we may remember from childhood. However, today we have many more options, and one of those is the assisted living model. 

Assisted Living or living in a community setting has some wonderful benefits. We are social animals, and being around other people to engage in conversation, to laugh and cry with and share daily moments- is without a doubt, meaningful and important. Being alone in our homes, as many of our elders are, with only the TV for company and maybe an occasional visit from a family member causes isolation, loneliness and depression. 

According to the Annals of the New York Academy of Science, social isolation is “as strong a risk factor for morbidity and mortality as smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and high blood pressure”. …

The life of a caregiver spouse or adult child is riddled with physical and emotional challenges that one can never really plan for. For some, there comes a time when the care needs of a loved one simply can’t be met by family at home. Maybe because we have memories of Granny sitting in…

On June 21, Team Vesta will continue the fight to help end Alzheimer’s. Annually, on the “Longest Day of the Year, June 21,” teams all around the world focus their energy on raising funds and awareness to help fund the cure for Alzheimer’s and also programming to support families…

The call came when I was between classes.  The sophomores had just filed out of the classroom as the seniors were trickling in.  I had recently returned to work as a substitute teacher after many years at home with my children. Much later I would reflect on the haste that a…