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Solvang: a beautiful, safe, HOME

A heart-felt letter from a resident's daughter -- Lauren, I’ve been writing this letter, in my mind, for more than a year.     My mom, Judy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/dementia several years ago.  I had no idea what that meant as far as my mom’s future and her...

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Take yourself, or a loved one, on a joy ride

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in PV News on 03/9/2022 Joy riding. Who said it was just for the young? When we think of joy riding, the sounds of music, hair in the wind, and the freedom to dream comes to mind; none of which should be...

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Design menus around finger foods

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Santa Ynez Velley News on 02/13/2022 Our Solvang home is now a true home. We have welcomed some beautiful residents, the sun is shining in our outdoor spaces, and there is always something cooking — an...

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How dementia affects appetite

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Santa Ynez Velley News on 10/28/2021 As we age and our activity levels and muscle mass decrease, so do our dietary and calorie intake requirements; however, even with lower calorie counts, the value of...

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Medication-taking tips for dementia patients

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on 1/11/22 Being a caregiver is hard, and caring for a loved one with dementia adds additional challenges. As we try to care for nutrition, hydration, stimulation, physical...

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Drinking Water is Good for Dementia

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on 10/21/2021 Many dementia patients do not consume enough fluids, leading to dehydration and other complications. And, because the symptoms of dehydration are similar to those...

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Dear Dementia Whisperer

A letter from a current Family Connect Memory Care Team Member -- In response to your question about what I kow about FCMC, allow me to consider this a short "essay style" exam question! As I navigate the company website, I always find myself drawn toward the...

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Hoarding and its Link to Dementia

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on 9/16/2021 Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder...

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What to read or recommend to dementia patients

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on 8/12/2021 For so many people, reading is a way to keep the brain agile, but it is also an exciting, entertaining way to engage with the world around us. Not only are books...

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Solvang: a beautiful, safe, HOME

A heart-felt letter from a resident's daughter -- Lauren, I’ve been writing this letter, in my mind, for more than a year.     My mom, Judy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/dementia several years ago.  I had no idea what that meant as far as my mom’s future and her...

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Dear Dementia Whisperer

A letter from a current Family Connect Memory Care Team Member -- In response to your question about what I kow about FCMC, allow me to consider this a short "essay style" exam question! As I navigate the company website, I always find myself drawn toward the...

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Lauren puts a lot of thought and heart into what she does

I recently sold Lauren Mahakian a home in Solvang for the purpose of renovating it and utilizing it as a boutique care home for her clients that have Alzheimer’s and/or Dementia. She has several boutique homes in the South Bay area in Torrance and her clientele and...

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