The Heartwood Blog

Ah Yes, I Remember It Well

Ah Yes, I Remember It Well

As humans, one of our historical characteristics is that we are storytellers! Remember your uncle Leonard who had a story about everything and talked about it at length for hours during every family dinner? Man did that drive you nuts when you were a kid, but now that...

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Caring for Dementia: Writing Letters to Your Loved One

Caring for Dementia: Writing Letters to Your Loved One

Is there anything more personal, more intimate, or more endearing than a personal letter from a beloved family member? In today’s world, handwritten letters are unusual. But when caring for dementia, it’s important to connect with people in the ways they are the most...

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How Feelings of Guilt Affect Making Memory Care Decisions

How Feelings of Guilt Affect Making Memory Care Decisions

Guilt. It is a normal emotion to feel when you are caring for a loved one who is experiencing progressive memory loss. Whether it is your spouse or your mom or dad, you want to help them get better, to take care of them, to ensure that they are happy and have a good...

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Music and Memory

Music and Memory

Have you ever begun listening to a familiar song, and then felt magically transported to an earlier time and place in your life? Music seems to have that kind of power over people, including people who have significant memory loss in many cases. At Heartwood we’ve...

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Memory Care Evaluation: What to Look For

Memory Care Evaluation: What to Look For

Deciding to move a loved one to a memory care home is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. But once you have made that decision, the next question is, “where to?” That question is nearly as hard as the first since choosing the right facility is essential....

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Building a Memory Care Culture – Philosophy and Practice

Building a Memory Care Culture – Philosophy and Practice

When you have a loved one who needs memory care, you need to look beyond the physical building – although that is important – and focus on how the facility provides services to its residents. At Heartwood, everything we do is driven from one goal: to offer the very...

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Roles Change

Think hard – do you remember any of Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” poem? It starts out with the most memorable line of the prose… All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players. They have their exists and their entrances, and one man in his...

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