Sodalis Assisted Living & Memory Care Blog

We share inspiring and interesting information about aging, caregiving and dementia.  This is also a great place to get a feel for what is happening in Sodalis communities. Read about daily life, special events and what makes us special!
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Alzheimer’s Poet: Nancy Nelson

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Late in 2014, Nancy Nelson published a book about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia: Blue. River. Apple.  This book of poems sheds a bright, honest and lovely light on what it is to live with Alzheimer’s. Nancy’s perspective is unique; she knows this life as the daughter of a father who had Alzheimers. She also knows this…

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Facing an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

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The Alzheimer’s Association provides great resource information for persons receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. They wisely acknowledge that a wide range of emotions can be experienced. They also provide information to help with the process of sharing the news of your diagnosis, finding support, living well and making long range plans.  (You can learn more here.)…

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Brain Health: Dance!

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It’s time to head out for Gruene Hall or your favorite nearby dance venue. Or perhaps you can just clear aside the furniture at home and turn up some dance tunes. Why? To take care of your brain. A New England Journal of Medicine article published in 2003 studied the relationship between leisure activities and the development…

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Dementia News: UK Decline in New Cases

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New research from a study published in Nature Communications reveals a drop in the number of new cases of dementia. The study led by the University of Cambridge in England reports a 20% decline in new cases of dementia in the United Kingdom over the past twenty years. The last few years the media has…

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Senior Tip: Enlarge small print on computer monitors

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Need help reading the print on your computer monitor? As websites have become more mobile friendly over the last few years, more and more sites are designed in large print layouts. Larger print insures that the sites are easier to read on tablets and telephones. Large print also means that people with vision problems have a…

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STOP for Caregivers

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Most family caregivers of persons with dementia find themselves feeling extraordinarily stressed. The demands of being a family caregiver are great. Even when caregivers see their role as meaningful and rewarding, they may suffer from effects of financial strain, social isolation, depression, anxiety and issues with their own health. For the the stressed, tired caregiver, it’s essential to learn…

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Poetry Creation with Memory Care Residents

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Sodalis Memory Care residents in Austin enjoy opportunities to explore creative expression. Anne Stacy, Engagement Coordinator for the community, is an art teacher and loves to engage in creative activities with her residents! Anne often leads painting classes with residents and their family members. These classes offer meaningful times for families to relate to one…

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Easter at Sodalis Austin

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A Traditional Easter Celebration was held at Sodalis Austin (Signal Hill.) A quaint “chapel” was set up in the living room for our Easter Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. Enrichment Director Anne Stacy officiated. White table cloths and flowers on the tables set the mood for our delicious Dinner of baked ham, mashed potatoes, green…

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Sodalis Waco Easter Celebration

Here comes the Easter Bunny! On Wednesday, March 23, Sodalis Waco hosted an Easter Celebration.  Thank you to our Community Partners Bluebonnet Hospice and Southern Care Hospice for providing the food and being present to lend a hand with activities. Liz Metcalfe, our baker extraordinaire, made the cutest and most delicious cookies ever! Our Families…

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Easter Preparations: Sodalis Austin

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Sodalis Memory Care residents in Austin enjoyed dying eggs in preparation for Easter. Everyone had fun and there were lots of smiles all around! The process was enjoyable, and the sense of pride in creating the beautiful eggs was priceless.     Happy Easter Everyone!  

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