November 7, 2014 by Dean Bellefeuille

At Home Independent Living believes that enhancing the emotional lives of our clients is a central part of our mission. Our caregivers are committed to providing the kind of emotionally supportive care that ensures our clients feel loved and respected at every level of memory care. That’s one of the many reasons At Home Independent Living is one of the top rated home care companies in Syracuse, New York.

To quote the late Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” Truer words were never spoken.

A new study from the University of Iowa shows that caregivers have a profound influence on those who often cannot remember them or their actions – Alzheimer’s patients. According to the study, published in the September 2014 issue of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, when Alzheimer’s patients were shown clips of sad and happy movies, they sustained states of sadness or happiness despite not being able to remember the movies.

This means that, though patients with Alzheimer’s disease may not be able to remember recent visits by loved ones or their daily interactions with a caregiver, those actions have a lasting impact on how the patients feel. According to the study’s lead author, Edmarie Guzman-Velez, “This confirms that the emotional life of an Alzheimer’s patient is alive and well.” You can read more about this study in this article from Alzheimer’s Weekly.

Maintaining the dignity of and emotional well-being of our clients is an integral part of At Home Independent Living’s mission. We are committed to providing home care that enriches lives and provides a caring, emotionally supportive environment at all levels of care. Contact us today to find out more about the home care services in Syracuse that we offer.