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This article brought to you courtesy of Terry Braun, Prestige Senior Living Huntington Terrace, Executive Director Gresham Outlook Insider Senior Living Expert.

Prestige Senior Living Huntington Terrace

"It takes a village."

It's a phrase often used when referring to raising children, but it's also vital once a loved one starts showing signs of cognitive decline or receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Keeping that loved one involved and included in conversations is an important way of helping them maintain their relationships and sense of belonging.

Here are three ways caregivers and their village can help someone living with cognitive decline remain a vital part of conversations and gatherings:

Minimize distractions

When you're having a conversation, turn off the TV, radio or any music that may be playing. Allow the focus to be on the conversation.

Stay upbeat

It can be difficult watching a loved one struggle to remember names or details, but they pick up on any sadness or frustration. Always focus on the positive.

Take a break

If frustration creeps in, change the topic in conversation, or suggest a different activity. You can even just lean in for a hug or take their hand. Even small gestures show support.

Free Guide to Cognitive Health

Our team here at Prestige Senior Living Huntington Terrace is here to help. At our website, you can download a free guide to cognitive health, which includes information about different stages of memory loss, advice for those living with cognitive decline and their caregivers, cognitive assessments, and more.

To download our free guide to cognitive health, visit

For more about our cognitive programming or our community, call us at (503) 465-1404 to schedule a visit.

Prestige Senior Living Huntington Terrace

1410 NE Cleveland Avenue

Gresham, OR


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