Make mealtime delicious and nutritious with these helpful tips
Leaves are Falling, Autumn is Calling!
Autumn is a time where leaves are falling, apples are ripening, and days are cooling. The best part about autumn? The food! In this month's newsletter you will be provided with practical and creative ways to find success at mealtime. Learn how important mealtime is for those with Alzheimer's and Dementia and how to make every meal nourishing and beneficial to your loved one's overall health.  
  • Learn about the next Town Hall Forum on Sept. 20 
  • Meet our Resident in the Spotlight: Donna Tackett
  • Developing healthy eating habits for those with dementia  
  • Key tips for making mealtime the best time!
  • Team Leader in the Spotlight: John Iniguez                    
  • Caregivers: Take Care
  • Craving something delicious? Easy to make fall recipes below
ActivCare is here to assist you with  caring for those with
memory loss. Have a question? 

Call us at  (760) 705-1840

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Fantastic Fall Moments Planned

Check out how we are going to be kicking off fall at ActivCare at Bressi Ranch! Many fun fall memories are in store for this month. Click the link below for the September Calendar.  

Our Caregiver Support Group Meetings are the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am. Join us Sept. 11 and/or Sept. 25.

Families, you are welcome to attend the Family Council meeting. This month it will be Thursday, Sept. 27 from 11:30-1 pm.
What's Cooking?

Check out the tasty meals planned for September at the community.

Next Town Hall Forum - Sept. 20

Living with Alzheimer's and Dementia and Making Each Day Count

At this free seminar you will learn practical advice and guidance for your caregiver journey. Garner information about validation therapy and the effectiveness of redirection when caring for someone with dementia. Understand how to cope with guilt. Learn about the warning signs of caregiver burnout and how to care for yourself.

Dan Sewell, MD - Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UCSD
Todd Shetter - ActivCare Chief Operating Officer

To learn more, call 888-MEM-LOSS (888-636-5677) or click here for a flyer.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
8:30 am to 11 am
Continental Breakfast at 8:30 am

Holiday Inn Carlsbad
2725 Palomar Airport Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Make your reservation online at or here.
Developing Healthy Eating Habits for Those with Dementia

Meal times can be challenging for those caring for loved ones with dementia. Resistance to once-loved foods, a lack of appetite, confusion about eating utensils, and a decline in motor skills are a few issues that many caregivers run into when attempting to find success in meal times.

There are many reasons why dementia symptoms bring difficulties during meal times. Those with dementia may not remember how to feed themselves, they may experience difficulties with swallowing, there can be confusion in the steps involved with eating, and language problems can inhibit those with dementia from expressing hunger, thirst, and fullness. When those with memory loss do not get adequate amounts of nutrition they are at higher risk for infections, immune deficiencies, and a general decline in health.

Dementia symptoms can also affect hydration levels. Loved ones may no longer be able understand that they are thirsty. Dehydration causes an increased risk of urinary tract infections, constipation, low blood pressure, as well as increased dizziness.

Tips For Mealtime Success
  • The first step is observation. Observe when your loved one likes to eat and what setting is best for them. Setting loved ones up for success starts with timing and environment.
  • Start simple, let the table setting only include what they need and try not to overwhelm them with many different options of utensils.
  • Large portions can overwhelm those with dementia as well as foods that are difficult to cut.
  • Finger foods are the best option and even better if they are high-calorie and protein-rich.
  • Limit the number of different options that are provided for meals. Make the choices simple: chicken or meatloaf? Pasta or soup?
  • Promote independence through easy-to-grip utensils and cups with lids, offer assistance when you notice them becoming confused or upset.
He Maintains the Magic:
Meet John Iniguez
Environmental Services Director

With less than a year under his tool belt at ActivCare at Bressi Ranch, John Iniguez has already made an impact within our community.
John leads the facilities department at ActivCare at Bressi Ranch with a watchful eye, listening ear, and empathetic heart. Something John never forgets to bring to work is his genuine sense of humor and enthusiastic smile.
"It truly is my privilege to serve our residents, their families, our wonderful staff and Administrators, and all those who visit our facility here at ActivCare at Bressi Ranch in Carlsbad." -John Iniguez
Something you may not know about John is that he was a trumpet player for Up with People. This opportunity led him all around the country playing for Heads of State, Dignitaries, Schools, Television programs, Fairs, and even the NFL half time show for the Super Bowl , all for the purpose of world peace.
Before working at ActivCare, John was very active in the North County community. From building docks at the Oceanside Harbor, serving as a Deputy Sheriff for almost 15 years, working with the Secret Service, and spending 13 years raising funds for the Children's Crisis Campus in San Marcos, John has never stopped serving others.
John has enjoyed numerous days on the water, deep sea fishing, diving, and soaking up all that our beautiful coastlines have to offer him. He now likes to spend his free time working to save the bees through his non-profit organization, The Coastal Bee Hive Conservation Society.
We are so thankful to have such amazing employees such as John. Thank you for making our communities so beautiful and pleasant for those living with Alzheimer's and dementia, we really couldn't do it without you.
To The Caregiver: T ake Care!

As a family caregiver of someone with Alzheimer's or related dementia, you GIVE so much that it is easy to lose sight of you. But to provide optimum care, you need to learn how to be a careTAKER. Remember:
  • TAKE care of yourself. Your health and well-being (physically, mentally and emotionally) needs to be in top form to provide care!
  • TAKE the time to talk to a trusted friend. If you need to vent, check in, or just clear your head, rely on an ally or confidante.
  • TAKE up the offer to help. Jot a list of small tasks that will really help you out. If someone offers, ask them to run one of those errands or tasks.
  • TAKE a break. Go for a walk, watch the sunset, or take a nap. You need to recharge.
  • TAKE it from others. Visit a Caregiver Support Group to chat with others going through similar challenges. Not all groups are the same. Find one in which you feel at home
Easy & Delicious Fall Recipes
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