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Caring with Good Scents: Aromatherapy for Alzheimer’s Care

Although a cure for Alzheimer’s disease has yet to be found, a variety of treatments are available to help those who suffer manage their symptoms. Holistic treatments, such as aromatherapy, art and music therapy and more, aim not just to relieve physical symptoms, but also to promote mental and emotional wellness. Aromatherapy helps manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease while enhancing overall well-being.

Elaine Austin, Executive Director at Provident Village at Creekside in Smyrna, GA, says, “Aromatherapy helps those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by providing a sense of calm or increasing their energy. It can...

5 Steps You Can Take to Ease Your Loved One’s Transition to Assisted Living

With any major change in lifestyle, the transition from one way of life to the next is seldom easy. For those transitioning from their home to an assisted living community, this change may be exceptionally difficult. Fortunately, there are several steps a family can take to help ease their loved one through this transition. 

“When adjusting to an assisted living lifestyle, seniors often rely on their family members for support,” says Elaine Austin, Executive Director of Provident Village at Creekside in Smyrna, GA. “Families can do so much to help make the transition easier for their loved ones, and often the steps are simple. We...

9 Benefits of Art Therapy for Those Living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

As one of many holistic therapies used to help those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, experts agree that art therapy has life-enriching effects for people who suffer from memory loss. Either by viewing or creating art, people with Alzheimer’s can experience self-expression and social engagement in a way that benefits their overall health.

Elaine Austin, Executive Director at Provident Village at Creekside, says, “Creativity is one area of strength that is spared by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Whereas most traditional areas of expression and communication eventually fade, creativity through art...

How to Make Assisted Living Feel Like Home

No matter our age, change is hard. Even changes for the better often create emotional difficulties. For those moving into an Assisted Living community, the transition may cause feelings of anxiety, nostalgia, bitterness or isolation as they adjust to their new home. If this sounds like your loved one as they make the transition to Assisted Living, you can play a major role in helping them feel at home in their new surroundings.

Elaine Austin, Executive Director at Provident Village at Creekside, explains how integral family members are to their loved ones’ adjustment to Assisted Living: “Many residents feel uneasy when they leave...

Is It Time for Memory Care Assisted Living?

“Making the decision to move your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia to a professional Memory Care community can be quite challenging, even when it is clearly the right thing to do,” says Elaine Austin, Executive Director of Provident Village at Creekside in Smyrna, GA.

“It is often a highly emotional time for families who may be experiencing conflicting emotions such as guilt and the desire to do what’s best for their loved one. This is perfectly normal and something we are very sensitive to at Provident Village at Creekside.

“The reality is that it is not always possible to continue providing...