Bella's Blog

  • Trends in Adaptive Apparel for Older Adults

    It’s that time of year when we’re all digging through our closets for those warm clothes we haven’t seen in a while, and finding that we need some ...
  • Community Profile: Carrington Place by Americare: Integrating Independent and Assisted Living

    Billy Sullivan is the Director of Nursing at Carrington Place, an assisted- and independent-living community by Americare, located in Pittsburg, Ka...
  • Care Communities are Families: How the Staff at Riverview Terrace Establish a Community within their Community

    Riverview Terrace is an assisted-living community in McMinnville, Tennessee, about 80 miles southeast of Nashville. It’s part of Americare Senior ...
  • Care Partner Superstar: Becky Delahunty

    This is the first in a series that will honor professional care partners who are doing exceptional work. At Joe & Bella, our mission is to ma...
  • The Reluctant Caregiver: How a Gen Xer overcame strained relationships and rural healthcare (Part 2)

     Joy Johnston did not expect that she would become a full-time caregiver for her mother soon after her father died of dementia. But she persevered,...
  • The Reluctant Caregiver: How a Gen Xer overcame strained relationships and rural healthcare (Part 1)

    Joy Johnston did not look forward to the time in her life when her parents, living on the other side of the country, began needing care. But she p...
  • Six Ways Adaptive Clothing Helps Older Adults

    I wish we had always known about the benefits of what’s known as “adaptive wear” (clothes and shoes that are smartly designed for an easy-on, easy...
  • My 5 Biggest Learnings from Moving My Parents into Assisted Living

    If you’re thinking about  moving a loved one into a senior-living community, I’m hoping my family's experience -- including some surprises -- migh...
  • Tips and Advice from a Dementia Coach

    This is the second part of our interview with Anna Cantor, a coach and consultant for those caring for a family member who has dementia. Because th...
  • Emptying the Nest: How Older Adults Should Plan for their Next Living Situation

    Changing Living Situations for Older Adults: Downsize, Care Community or Age in Place?  Betsy Phillips is a real-estate agent for Compass in suburb...
  • Finances and End-of Life: How To Prepare Yourself and Your Parents

     Jackie Melinger is the owner-operator of My Personal Bookkeeper, a service that helps adults organize and manage their personal finances. Jackie a...
  • Caregiving is Hard: Dementia Coaches Can Help

    Anna Cantor is a dementia coach. Following her mother’s diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2010, Anna became her full-time caregiver, deeply ...