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…

The Wave of Purple Has Only Just Begun! Have you noticed that the Seniors Guide’s timeline has an extraordinary amount of purple on it lately?! That’s because we’ve asked our readers to “go purple” in anticipation of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in November. Throughout October, for every “go purple” photo you share on Facebook,…

go purple

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month is just around the corner in November. In anticipation of this entire month when we honor the millions of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, the Seniors Guide is conducting a campaign to raise funds for research and awareness for this growing illness plaguing millions (the number of those with Alzheimer’s…

home safety tips

Safety is important for everyone, but the need for a comprehensive safety plan is particularly important for a person living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias as the disease progresses. Taking steps to improve safety can prevent injuries and help a person with dementia feel more relaxed, less overwhelmed and maintain his or her independence longer.…

dementia

Many people understandably wonder if there is any point in seeking an official diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia when there is no cure and doctors are limited in how much they can help manage the symptoms. While this kind of thinking is practical in some ways, it can have terrible consequences…

We all want to keep our brain sharp as we get older. What works best? Tasks that use the senses – sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste – are more stimulating to the brain and get remembered better.  The more senses you engage, the stronger the memory. The brain needs novelty, too, so shake up…

Right now, there are 15 million people across the country providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. In a recent Alzheimer’s Association survey, four out of five of these caregivers say they wish they had more help with the intensive and long-term responsibilities that face them, yet a surprising one…

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