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Understanding Middle-Stage Alzheimer’s and Dementia

For families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, the middle stage of the disease often seems the longest. Caregiving becomes significantly more challenging. The person with memory loss may need assistance with daily activities. Personality changes may occur and difficult behaviors – such as aggression, paranoia, or agitation – may begin. WHAT IS “MIDDLE-STAGE” DISEASE? […] Read More >>

Doc Goes Home

The unfortunate reality of our industry is that our residents do not improve and get to return to their homes. But every so often we are lucky enough to witness something incredible; an exception to the rule. This was the case for Georgetown resident, Philip, affectionately known as “Doc.” Doc was involved in a motorcycle accident in […] Read More >>

The therapeutic benefits of animals

When Camo and Chelsea arrive at Autumn Leaves of Glen Ellyn, the residents’ faces always light up with smiles. “I know they feel a heart-soul connection of unconditional love, because I feel it, too,” says Chrissie Sadowski, owner of Chrissie & Chelsea’s Healing Love. April is Dog Appreciation Month — a good time to “paws” […] Read More >>

When is it time to move a loved one into memory care?

Originally published in the Daily Herald, 1/4/17 “If you start to notice things that make you worry about your aging loved one’s safety, it is probably time to consider taking some steps toward protecting them,” said Jessica Akaah, Senior Vice President of Operations for Autumn Leaves Memory Care which has 40 facilities across Illinois, Texas, […] Read More >>