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Each person is unique. When they receive a dementia diagnosis that doesn't change. Their care should also be unique and fit them as an individual. Join Vesta to gain a better understanding of dementia and explore the many types of memory care programs that exist. What care is best for my loved one? Presented by Pam Foti and Jenny Wagner, Elder Care Consultants and Co-owners of Vesta Senior Network.   Presentation Date:  Tuesday, March 19…

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It was a beautiful July afternoon, and I was sitting on the deck overlooking the lake, listening to the children swimming, splashing, and jumping. My phone rang, and as any small business owner would do, I answered it. It was Carol, and she was frantic. Her mom had recently been diagnosed with Dementia, and Carol and her sister did not think their mom, Ruth, was able to be alone any longer. Carol had called no fewer than 10 memory care communities and had found no one who had availability and could take Ruth.

What is Dementia?

As defined by the Alzheimer’s Association, “Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s Disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular Dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type.” 

Did Ruth Need Memory Care?

When Carol told me which communities she had recently contacted, I was very confused because I knew that many of them did have availability because I had recently talked to them regarding other clients. As I talked with Carol and asked more questions regarding Ruth and her situation, I learned that it was quite possible that she…

Freedom. Independence. That very simple concept has sparked many a revolution and one that our country was founded on. The first Americans who celebrated Thanksgiving were thankful for the bountiful harvest they experienced while pursuing their personal freedoms. As we head into the Thanksgiving…

When you hear the word “nursing home,” what images do you conjure up? I go right to my first experience with a nursing home in Truman, MN where my Great Grandma Emma lived her last days. It was the 70’s, I don’t think I was yet a decade old, and Grandma Emma was well into her ‘90’s. To this day…

It is no secret that getting old can get expensive. With declining health and rising need for help around the home, in the home, or even a move to an assisted living home, the cost can become overwhelming and scary. “What happens when Mom runs out of money?” “Dad doesn’t have that kind of money…