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Alzheimer’s Orange County Opens Facility for COVID-19 Positive Dementia Residents

*Published on Jan. 5, 2021 Alzheimer’s Orange County’s (AlzOC) in partnership with the County of Orange and Fairview Developmental Center has recently been approved to open a 50-bed care facility at Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa for dementia residents who are COVID-19 positive, but either have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic and do not

I Just Learned That I Have Early Memory Loss: What Should I Do?

If you or someone you know has been experiencing memory loss, you are far from alone.  An estimated 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. Memory loss at any age can cause feelings of anxiety, fear, and sadness. Whether someone has received a formal diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment

Meaningful Ways to Spend the Day While Staying At Home

We are living in an unprecedented time. Millions of families across the globe, and right here in Orange County, are following orders to stay home in order to protect our community and our families from the spread of a dangerous disease. For caregivers, this time brings added challenges. Some of us may have relied on

Ask The Expert: How do I know when it’s the right time to consider placement?

This week’s question:  How do I know when it's the right time to consider placement?    Moving a loved one to a care facility can be a difficult decision. There is no single “right time” to do so, because dementia affects every individual differently. Only caregivers and the family members involved in the decision-making process

Ask The Expert: What’s the point in getting a diagnosis?

This week’s question:  It's obviously dementia, so what's the point in getting a diagnosis?    In the case that your loved one does have some form of dementia, it is still critical to receive appropriate medical attention through evaluations and assessments. While diseases like Alzheimer’s do not currently have a cure, an early diagnosis will

Ask The Expert: How do I feel less guilty for considering placement?

This week’s question:  I feel so guilty for considering placement for my loved one. I promised I would keep her in her home, but I’m at the point where I need more help! What should I do?   This is a common promise made by family members, though it is not always one that can realistically

Ask The Expert: My loved one refuses to see a doctor. How do I convince them to go?

This week’s question:  My loved one refuses to see a doctor. How do I convince them to go?   It can often be difficult to get a loved one to go to the doctor for a diagnosis, or even just a routine check-up. First, it is important to know why they may feel reluctant in

Ask The Expert: How can a support group help?

This week’s question:  I've never attended a support group, how can it help?    First off, you may be wondering - what is a caregiver support group? Support groups are a place where caregivers can gather to share information, experiences, advice, and support for one another. Alzheimer’s Orange County regularly holds support groups for helping

Ask The Expert: My loved one has Alzheimer’s, how do I convince them to listen to me?

This week’s question:  My husband has Alzheimer’s, and he just won't listen to anything that I say! I’m just trying to help him. How do I convince him to listen to me? It can be very frustrating when you find you are repeating yourself, and yet your loved one simply doesn’t seem to understand or

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