Dementia has been defined as a significant decline in a person’s cognitive abilities due to damaged brain cells that disable cognitive functions. Dementia symptoms may range from memory loss to a decline in thinking, communication and behavior skills. In the case of Alzheimer’s, damaged cells in the hippocampus area of the brain affect memory and learning,…

Understanding Seasonal Depression

Seniors are not immune to spells of depression, especially around the holidays when thoughts of the dearly departed, the past or physical limitations may cause them to be down. This seasonal depression isn’t something that should be ignored or dismissed — seniors should not have to suffer in silence. Below are some of the signs…

Music Therapy Can Have Many Benefits for Seniors

About three years ago, Anita Newton’s mother Louise Martin, now 97, stopped recognizing her daughter and others who were close to her. She also eventually stopped communicating and no matter what words Anita used, nothing she said seemed to reach that part of her mother’s mind that stored certain memories. Then one day Newton noticed…

Keep an Eye Out for These Signs of Dementia

Family gatherings during the holidays are usually times of great joy, but sometimes a bit of concern creeps in. If your parent or another family member isn’t quite themself, how do you know if the difference is significant? According to physicians, there are specific signs that should signal to you that your family member should…

Holiday Crafts to Do With Family Members Who Have Dementia

At first, it may seem bittersweet to create holiday activities for a loved one with dementia, especially if he or she was once instrumental in past festivities. Yet your family member is still the same person. If you keep the skills he or she previously excelled at in mind, holiday crafts can be a great…

Don’t hide in the shadows Having Alzheimer’s disease unfortunately carries with it a certain stigma. People tend to keep the diagnosis to themselves for fear of embarrassment or pity or simply because most people don’t really understand the disease. However, sharing the diagnosis with those you love and trust will not only increase awareness of…

When you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, the holidays can be fraught with anxiety and sadness for everyone involved. While you, as caregiver, are dealing with extra responsibilities like cooking, decorating and hosting guests, family and friends may be witnessing the changes in Grandma or Uncle Bob for the first time. But most importantly,…

Human Clinical Trials Projected for 2017 It all starts with plaques, or sticky clumps of beta-amyloid protein, and twisted fibers in the brain. Because these plaques and tangles are not supposed to be there, the body’s immune system mounts an attack on them using inflammatory cells, called microglia. In a brain with Alzheimer’s disease, changes…

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Just 11 years later, the former President of the United States was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s himself and lived with the disease for a decade before passing away in 2004. Mrs. Reagan, who rarely left his side for more than an hour or…

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