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Margaret grew up as one of 6 children during the depression. Her brother Bob, the youngest of the 6, is her last living sibling. It had been 7 years since they had seen each other but thanks to Wish of a Lifetime we were able to reunite Bob and Margaret!

Margaret Reunites with her Brother

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11/30/2016 at 21:20. Facebook
Bernie and his wife loved to travel together. With all of their jet-setting they picked up a few amusing stories that Bernie shares with us today.

Bernie Block | Resident Blogger | More Interesting Parts of the Block's Life

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11/30/2016 at 20:56. Facebook
Being John’s care partner is full-time job, but with the support of a Brookdale memory care community, Donna has her life back. She talks candidly about the challenges of care partnering and the importance of putting herself first.

Donna and John: Care Partners

Being John’s care partner is full-time job, but thanks to Brookdale, Donna has her life back. She talks candidly about the challenges of care partnering and ...

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11/29/2016 at 21:18. Facebook
Men can also be caregivers to their loved ones.
About two-thirds of those in this role are female. However, one million men comprise the remaining third, a number that is growing as the population of people age 65 and above soars.

Understanding Your Senior Living Needs | Brookdale

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11/28/2016 at 21:18. Facebook
Juliet discusses the many obstacles couples face when a spouse is diagnosed with dementia or other diseases.
Share some of the struggles you have with the disease and learn from others who can relate.

Juliet Holt Klinger | A Reflection on New Relationships

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11/26/2016 at 19:55. Facebook
Today's poem from Virginia is about an inspiring and unstoppable lady, her neighbor Pearl. With her grit and determination it sounds like we should all be a little more like Pearl!

PEARL

You’re my dear little neighbor
And I met you at your own front door
Struggling with your keys and lock
I thought you’d run amok
But all that commotion
Was sheer determination
“I’ll open this door if it...
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11/26/2016 at 14:05. Facebook
Everyone heals & processes in their own way. This collection of authors showcases people who have written about their experiences supporting a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. They hope to end the silence and stigma of Alzheimer's by sharing their stories. We truly hope their stories can accomplish that mission!

We are #alzauthors

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11/25/2016 at 21:02. Facebook
After a life full of adventure, Betty revels in the beauty in staying home and not having extravagant travel plans.

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11/25/2016 at 19:32. Facebook
Nighttime can be difficult for caregivers and especially when caring for a loved one with dementia.
Learn a few tips to try and help you and your loved one get some zzz's after a long day.

Preventing Nighttime from Becoming a Nightmare

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69 - year-old Richard “Rick” Ott, goes to the the Harley Davidson Factory. Through years and years of dedication to Harley, Rick never got to see the factory itself in Milwaukee, WI.

Brookdale and Wish of a Lifetime worked together to make his dream come true.

Signature Programs | Brookdale Wishes

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It is not easy understanding dementia behaviors.
Learn how to manage and get a better perspective with Juliet Holt Klinger, Brookdale’s senior director of dementia care.

Candid Conversations: Behaviors

We understand how frustrating dementia behaviors can be for care partners. Juliet Holt Klinger, Brookdale’s senior director of dementia care, explains Brookd...

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Happy Thanksgiving! From all of us to you!
If you need a little history lesson for the day here is an incredible one. Bernie has discovered that he was near to many historical moments including the first Atomic bomb!

Learn more about this amazing man in his blog post!

Bernie Block, Resident Blogger - An Autobiography (Part 5): Interesting Things I Remember From My Life

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Sometimes it can be difficult caring for a loved one with dementia. Especially with basic hygiene needs.
Here you can find a list of techniques and tips to try to help keep your loved one clean and healthy.

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We have fun everyday! Check out the Kazoo ensemble at Brookdale Galleria. Can you guess what song they are playing?
As dementia progresses many normal behaviors change. John is living with Frontotemporal Degeneration, a type of dementia, and in this video his partner Donna discusses how they use prompting techniques to adjust to this new normal.

Donna and John: Dementia Behaviors

As John’s dementia progresses, so do his behavioral expressions. Donna talks candidly about dealing with his more difficult behaviors.

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We understand the fear and frustration often associated with memory loss, and we’re ready to listen and offer assistance in any way we can. Memory Care communities are specially designed living spaces and supporting environments for those who are living with cognitive challenges brought on by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Understanding Lives Here Every Day

Brookdales Clare Bridge and Clare Bridge Crossing programs provide daily moments of success to people living with Alzheimer's or other dementia.

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Juliet talks openly and honestly on meeting the unmet needs of someone with dementia.

Juliet Holt Klinger | Non-Pharmacological | Unmet Needs Someone with Dementia

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Missing the sunshine as the days get shorter? Residents of this early stage memory care community planted a bucket garden this summer and enjoyed the fruits (and veggies) of their labors all summer long.

Harvesting for Health

Brookdale dementia residents spend the summer growing a garden.

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A perfect poem from Virginia, just in time for turkey! This poem was published by the International Society of Poetry in 2001 in her book "Diary of Poems" and she kindly shared it with us for reprint here.

GUEST OF HONOR
(A Thanksgiving Day Tale)

Tom Turkey, proud cock without a fear,
Strutted round the barnyard
When Thanksgiving Day was here
“You’d best be on your guard,”
Friends told him...
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