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Alzheimer’S Behavior | Millennium Memory Care

Behavior changes may be a sign of Alzheimer's.
Behavior changes may be a sign of Alzheimer's. Behavior changes may be a sign of Alzheimer's. The onset of Alzheimer’s disease is typically characterized as increasing memory loss, growing forgetfulness, and difficulty with concentration and reasoning. While many people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease do exhibit these symptoms, some people present changes in personality or behavior before any memory-related issues are evident. Researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada s...
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Caregiver Support

Caregiver Support
Caregiver Support As the caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you want to provide the best memory care possible, but it can be a challenge.  You need to learn about memory care, how dementia is affecting your loved one, and the medical support you need. Sometimes, being the caregiver to someone living with dementia means you start to lose a sense of yourself. Your time isn’t your own, your finances may suffer, you may have family members resistant to helping you, and there is ...
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Visiting Someone With Alzheimer’s | Millennium Memory Care

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Visiting someone with Alzheimer’s is an importance aspect of their care and overall well-being.  Even if they are otherwise healthy and all their medical needs are being met, don’t underestimate the power of a personal visit.  As with most aspects of Alzheimer’s, it isn’t the memory of the visit that they will value, but the feelings and emotions that are conveyed and expressed. When visiting someone, it is crucial not to overwhelm them.  Don’t arrive as a big noisy group, asking questions an...
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Can Mild Exercise Delay Cognitive Decline?

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Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health recently found in a study that mild exercise, in the form of walking for 30 minutes four times per week, resulted in detectable changes in brain regions believed to be related to cognitive impairment. All study participants engaged in the same walking program for the three-month study. One group of participants was comprised of healthy elders, while a second group consisted of elders with mild cognitive impairment. Individuals ...
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Alzheimer’s and The Importance of Reminiscing

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Alzheimer's and the Importance of Reminiscing Someone with Alzheimer’s may forget a discussion from a few minutes earlier, yet recall an entire conversation from 50 years ago.  This is because the disease effects the short-term memory first.  The result is difficulty in everyday communication. For people with Alzheimer’s, their inability to communicate effectively has a ripple effect on their lives.  They begin to feel disconnected from the people around them, they don’t understand conve...
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Alzheimers Nutrition | Millennium Memory Care

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Getting proper nutrition can be challenging for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s patients may lose track of mealtimes and skip meals or simply eat and drink less than they used to. People with Alzheimer’s can experience difficulty with eating as cognitive functioning declines. They may forget how to use utensils, not recognize or no longer enjoy some foods, have difficulty chewing or swallowing, find food choices confusing or lose their appetites due ...
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Memory: Use It Or Lose It | Millennium Memory Care

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It might make intuitive sense that the more you use your brain – engaging in activities like problem-solving and complex learning – the better it will continue to function as you age. We tend to think of exercising the brain in the same way as physical exercise: the less physically or mentally active you are, the more strength and ability is lost. In other words: use it or lose it. This idea, long regarded as simple common sense, may now have been verified by science. Researchers at Iowa Stat...
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Pet Therapy For Dementia Patients | Millennium Memory Care

Pet Therapy
Alzheimer’s and Animal-Assisted Therapy Anyone who owns a pet knows the value of that relationship.  Pets offer companionship and love, and even lower blood pressure and heart rate.  Increasingly, there are many studies that show how important the person-animal relationship can be for people living with Alzheimer’s. When Alzheimer’s patients spend time with animals (dogs, cats, fish, birds) through Animal-Assisted Therapy, there is a significant improvement in their quality of life.  Stu...
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Alzheimer’s May Reduce Ability to Perceive Pain

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Researchers at Vanderbilt University recently reported in BMC Medicine that Alzheimer’s may reduce ability to perceive pain. The three-year study at Vanderbilt examined two groups of adults aged 65 and older: one group diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and a second group with no signs of Alzheimer’s. Participants were asked to report pain levels resulting from exposure to varying degrees of heat. The study revealed that reports of pain sensation required higher temperatures for participan...
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What Is A Residential Care Facility | Millennium Memory Care

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As Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia progress, your loved one will become increasingly dependent upon you for the most basic of care. As a caregiver, it is natural to feel overwhelmed, and even feel resentment, as the demands on time and energy continue to increase rapidly. As you endeavor to meet the growing needs of your elderly loved one, a struggle naturally arises between realistic expectations of care and the guilt resulting from conflicting priorities. Part of being a success...
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