How Gardening Benefits Mental Health | Lauren Mahakian | Columnists

As a dementia practitioner, I intend to always support the tireless community of caregivers and families living with a loved one with dementia. But here is an opportunity to also raise awareness in the community as a whole – through gardening.

Gardening changes lives; I can think of few activities that offer so many benefits to mind, body and soul.

Oh, to be young again. That’s normally the thought that comes to mind when you think of the car ride – the sounds of music, hair blowing, and an open mind and soul to any destination…


How to involve loved ones with dementia at mealtimes |  lauren mahakian

In many of my one-on-one or group discussions with families caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s, the topics of…


Designing menus around bites for patients with dementia |  lauren mahakian

Cooking for the elderly and/or people with dementia is often referred to as “difficult” by many caregivers. It can be frustrating to see that all the effort you put into planning, shopping, and prepping results in food not being eaten. Worse still are concerns about…


Ways to combat agitation in people with dementia |  lauren mahakian

Fumbling is the act of making small movements, especially of the hands and feet, out of nervousness or impatience. It’s a sign of being unwell, and while it can be typical at any age and present in people with ADHD, neurological disorders, or anxiety, it’s also…

Lauren Mahakian is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She supports families affected by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and dementia through care management services and the “Unlocking the Doors of Dementia™ with Lauren” podcast, as well as free support groups and specialized memory care homes located in Torrance and Solvang. Visit familyconnectmemorycare.com for more information.

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