November 16, 2020

Assisted Living vs. Memory Care: Understanding Person-Environment Fit Model and Transitions Theory

As it becomes apparent that your loved one needs extra support in his or her daily life, it can be difficult to know the necessary type of support.  There is a large continuum of care available to elders with many more options than 50 years ago.  So, how do you … View article»


September 17, 2020

When is Placement Needed?

The timing of finding a home is unique for each individual with dementia.  Just as no two people will have the same journey with dementia, no two people will have the same timeline and circumstances that will contribute to finding a home.  This makes it very difficult for families to … View article»


September 11, 2020

When is it time to intervene?

Early diagnosis of dementia is crucial to preventing a crisis and for planning treatment and care. It is difficult to tell if cognition changes are simply age related changes (normal aging) or dementia (not normal aging). Therefore, knowing when to seek in-home care or place a loved one in a … View article»


September 4, 2020

Finding Strength Through Song

Karen and Jerry Parks joined a brand new chorus group 6 years ago, not knowing that in a few short years it would inspire chorus groups across the country and the world. Inaugural Members In 2014 the Giving Voice Chorus was created when two faculty members who had cared for … View article»


July 17, 2020

Dementia Diagnosis and Treatment

Dementia can be a difficult disease to diagnose because there is no single definitive test to identify it or which type.  Most physicians agree, however, that improving early diagnosis of dementia is important for patients and their families, as well as for researchers looking for ways to halt or slow … View article»


July 9, 2020

Building Community through Support Groups

When Jerry Parks was diagnosed at age 56 with young onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) his family started to search for support groups.  Moreover, not just a general group, but groups specific to their situations.  His wife, Karen, searched for a support group for spouses of people diagnosed with young onset.  … View article»


June 9, 2020

Forgetfulness and Dementia

At times, we all forget details like where we placed our keys or we forget to buy an item on our grocery list. This is normal. Regardless of age, when we are feel stressed or fatigued it is not uncommon to forget details.


May 28, 2020

What is Dementia?

Those with significant memory loss may have a condition often referred to as dementia. Dementia is not a disease but a group of symptoms that include memory loss, confusion, and loss or decrease in cognitive skills such as judgment, problem-solving, decision-making. These symptoms must be consistent and severe enough to … View article»


May 20, 2020

Mother’s Day at Parks’ Place During a Pandemic

Mother’s Day was a tough but joyful day for our moms and their families. It was a tough day as we were physically distant from our loved ones, but joyful as we found other ways to connect and show our love.


January 15, 2020

WCCO-TV Features Parks’ Place Memory Care

Parks’ Place: Memory Care Redefined was featured on WCCO recently, sharing the extraordinary journey of the Parks family, who built Parks’ Place after their husband and father received a diagnosis of Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s. Our care community can accommodate 36 residents and offers a meaningfully planned environment and programming that focuses on … View article»