This Is Us and Alzheimer's

The latest storyline on This Is Us will feel familiar to many with aging parents: the worry of whether the small moments of absentmindedness we observe from our parents may actually be indications of a larger decline in their health. The character, Randall, is one of Rebecca’s three adult children. In recent episodes, he has…

Alzheimer's Dementia Patient Listens to Music for Memories

If you are caring for a loved one with conditions that affect the memory and cognition, like Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know that they rely on you for activities to stimulate the mind, fill their days, and relieve stress. Planning and guiding your loved ones through activities can help slow the decline of motor skills…

Hearing Loss can cause social isolation but can also affect your brain and cause dementia

Do you frequently ask your spouse to repeat her or himself? Have you continued to turn the TV up louder and louder over the years? Do you resist going to loud restaurants because you can’t keep up with conversations? If you’re like 20 percent of Americans and an astounding 66 percent of those over 70,…

Dining with Dementia

Our occupational therapist with Galberth Health would like to share a few tips to help improve the dining experience for residents with dementia and their caregivers. 1. Minimize distractions. Adjust noise levels and visual disturbances so that there is less competing stimuli during mealtime. 2. Simplify the setting. Remove “busy” linen and/or tableware that will…

Virtual Reality Seniors

  You may feel as though your world has grown smaller as you’ve aged. Because of limited mobility, driving challenges, or other physical and mental limitations, you’re not traveling much anymore. Even going to a movie or visiting friends can sometimes feel like an ordeal. VR Broadens Horizons But thanks to virtual reality (VR) headsets,…

Face of Alzheimers Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the fourth leading cause of death of Americans, after heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Worldwide, over 47 million people have the disease, and 76 million are expected to have the disease by 2030. While it is most commonly a condition of the elderly, doctors have discovered that even people in their 40’s,…

Gun Alzheimer's

Estimates show that nearly half of those over 65 either own a gun or have one in their household. And about 5.6 million people within that same age group also have Alzheimer’s. Despite all the talk about gun control in this country, few people have even considered the dangers of those with Alzheimer’s or other…

Dementia

Maybe your instincts began to whisper something was happening when your spouse asked you for directions while on a trip the two of you had taken dozens of times through the years.  The forgotten appointments, misplaced keys, and increasing confusion of the last few months suddenly took on a different meaning, and signposts pointing to…

revolutionizing dementia care

For someone living with dementia, the focus has always been on what he or she can no longer do, as many of their abilities, along with their memories, are gradually lost to this disease. On Thursday, November 15, “Revolutionizing Dementia Care, ” a PBS documentary, will flip the script and show the benefits of focusing…

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