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Empowering Caregivers: Expert Advice for Supporting Aging Loved Ones 

At The Kensington White Plains, we are committed to providing exceptional assisted living and memory care services specifically designed for seniors facing memory challenges. 

We prioritize our residents’ comfort, safety, and overall well-being, as we understand the importance of ensuring they feel comfortable, secure, and cared for. 

Our compassionate team, personalized approaches, and comfortable and secure environment provide a remarkable living experience for your senior loved one. 

We strive to provide our residents with the best support and care and offer our residents’ families caregiver tips and resources. Our Promise is to love and care for our residents as we do our own family.

Elevate Your Caregiving Skills: Join Our Virtual Workshop Series

Are you looking to enhance your caregiving skills and gain valuable insights? 

Join our comprehensive five-part virtual workshop series designed to empower caregivers like you. Each session delves into engaging topics that will expand your knowledge and equip you with practical tools. 

Our sessions cover engaging topics such as: 

  • The power of music and memory
  • Artistic expression for an aging mind 
  • Cultivating mental resilience as a caregiver
  • Crafting a weekly wellness plan for balance and happiness in a hectic life

Our summer caregiver support series is thoughtfully created to equip you with the tools and knowledge required to provide optimal support for your loved one. 

Improve communication with your loved one as a family caregiver

Communication plays a vital role in fostering meaningful connections with your senior loved one. 

Enhancing your communication skills can lead to better understanding, stronger relationships, and improved overall well-being.

Here are some valuable suggestions to help you communicate more effectively:

  • Active listening 
  • Clear and easy-to-understand language
  • Non-verbal communication 
  • Patience and allowance for response time 
  • Encourage reminiscing and storytelling 
  • Visual aids and cues
  • Maintain a positive and supportive attitude
  • Adapt and be flexible

Building rapport and trust with seniors is essential to facilitate effective communication. It requires demonstrating respect, compassion, and a sincere interest in their well-being, fostering meaningful connections. 

You can establish a positive and supportive environment that promotes open communication and mutual understanding by approaching interactions with empathy and kindness. 

Through your actions and words, you can show your loved one they are valued, heard, and cared for, making them feel more comfortable, secure, and empowered.

Are you eager to enhance your communication skills with your senior loved one? Join us at our upcoming series of five events, where aging specialists will dive into the art of effective communication.

Part I — Creative Communication Strategies to Navigate Summer with the Alzheimer’s Association 

The first part of this summer series will take place Wednesday, June 28th, at 6 pm EDT.

Enriching musical experiences for seniors with dementia 

Musical experiences have the power to profoundly impact seniors with dementia, providing therapeutic benefits and enhancing their overall well-being. 

RSVP for our upcoming event where we will delve into the transformative world of music and its positive effects on individuals with dementia.

Part II — Together in Harmony: How to Meaningfully Use Music with a Loved One with Dementia

Tara Jenkins, Board Certified Music Therapist, will speak at this event, held Wednesday, July 12th, at 6 pm EDT.

When engaging in musical activities with your loved one who has dementia, there are several suggestions you can try, such as: 

  • Personalized playlists
  • Sing-a-longs 
  • Musical instruments 
  • Movement and dance
  • Background music

RSVP for Part II here to learn more.

Art therapy: Enhancing brain health and function 

Art profoundly influences your loved one’s brain, yielding a range of powerful benefits. 

By engaging in artistic activities, your loved one can unlock cognitive stimulation, emotional well-being, and overall brain health.

Here’s how art can elevate your loved one’s mind:

  • Cognitive stimulation 
  • Emotional expression and exploration
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Mindfulness and relaxation
  • Improved self-esteem 
  • Social engagement and connection
  • Enhanced motor skills 
  • Memory enhancement 
  • Sense of purpose and fulfillment

Encourage your loved one to embrace art in various forms, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, or engaging in art appreciation. Provide them with the tools, materials, and opportunities to explore their creativity.

The Kensington White Plains offers a vibrant calendar of life-enrichment activities, enabling our residents to engage in art, hobbies, and socialization, creating a fulfilling and enjoyable lifestyle.

During our third webinar, you will learn more about art for the aging brain. 

Part III — Art for the Aging Brain with Opening Minds through Art Scripps Gerontology Center 

Don’t miss this event on Wednesday, July 19th, at 6 pm EDT.

Finding harmony in caregiving responsibilities 

Caring for others can be both fulfilling and challenging. It is essential to discover balance in your caregiving responsibilities to ensure your well-being while providing quality care for your loved one. 

Here are some strategies to help you achieve and maintain a healthy balance:

  • Prioritize self-care 
  • Set realistic expectations
  • Seek and accept support
  • Establish boundaries
  • Practice effective time management
  • Take breaks 
  • Foster open communication
  • Practice self-compassion

We understand the challenges of being a caregiver and the importance of maintaining your mental and emotional well-being to avoid caregiver burnout. 

That’s why we invite you to join our upcoming events, where we will explore topics designed to help you cope with stress and find the balance needed to be a resilient elderly caregiver.

Part IV — Caregiver Mental Fitness 

Braden Bishop, caregiver advocate and former major league baseball player will speak at this event Wednesday, August 16th at 6 pm EDT. 

Braden, now an MBL agent, founded the 4MOM Foundation in honor of his mother, Suzy, who battled Alzheimer’s and Dementia. He has committed his life to educating people in the community about lifestyle and wellness.

Part V — Weekly Wellness Plan to Find Balance and Joy for a Busy Life 

Sherri Snelling, gerontologist, will speak during this last event of the series, on Wednesday, August 23rd, at 6 pm EDT. She will share the science of well-being to discover what makes you happier and heathier… especially when faced with caregiving, career or other life challenges.

Learn why sleep, experiencing awe and gratitude, and practicing empathy helps combat stress, burnout, anxiety and depression to build resiliency. Sherri will also teach you how to create a brain health exercise plan to cross-train your brain.

Experience dedicated and compassionate care for your loved one 

At The Kensington White Plains, we proudly provide dedicated and compassionate care for seniors and their families.

Our senior living community is committed to ensuring the well-being and comfort of each resident in our care.

Our Promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own, which you will witness firsthand when you join our community. 

Here’s what you can expect from our dedicated and compassionate team: 

  • Around-the-clock care 
  • Individualized care plans
  • Specialized services
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Exquisite dining services
  • Respect and dignity 
  • Genuine caring relationships 
  • Professional expertise
  • Communication and collaboration 
  • Safe and comfortable environment 

Contact us or read more on our blog to learn about how we live Our Promise to love and care for your family as we do our own.

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