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»

December 5, 2019

Plymouth’s Parks’ Place Offers a Bright Future for Memory Care

Jerry Parks, a former vice president at a large Minneapolis construction company, had been the breadwinner for his family. Over time, says his wife Karen Parks, the family noticed changes. “Jerry would forget things like what time his kids’ soccer game was, and then would ask me again, forgetting that … View article»

October 14, 2019

Kaitlin Kelly, Director of Marketing and Life Enrichment, Co-authors Book About Effects of Exercise on those with Alzheimer’s

This book is for people who are concerned about their or their loved ones’ cognitive changes, who want to learn about Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and who wish to promote brain health, prevent AD, and improve quality of life when affected by AD. It is also for exercise providers and professionals … View article»