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Brain Health Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

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The ancient practice of yoga that originated in India thousands of years ago is becoming increasingly popular today. Many people understand yoga to be a series of physical poses that promote flexibility. But practitioners of the ancient art know that yoga also builds muscle strength and tone, and improves posture, alignment, blood circulation, breathing and joint health. And the benefits go beyond the physical workout. The mind-body approach of yoga incorporates breathing and meditation techniqu...
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6 Tips for Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful and scary. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, meaning it cannot be reversed or cured. However, some medications available today can help alleviate symptoms for some patients in earlier stages of the disease. Understanding what to expect can help individuals adjust to living with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s News Today offers the following helpful tips: As tasks become more difficult, don’t try to do everything on your own or at...
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Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Music

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Music is an important part of our lives. We often associate certain sounds and music with significant events or personal milestones. A familiar piece of music can evoke vivid recollections and strong emotions. Music can make us feel euphoric, thoughtful or even melancholy. We are, in fact, highly musical beings. The auditory system in our brains is the first to fully function. Music and sounds are one of the first things we respond to even before cognitive processing takes place. This is t...
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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 individuals with Alzheimer’s disease exhibited a reduced ability to detect and recognize 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 sensati...
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Lifestyle, Positivity & Alzheimer’s

Studies, opinions and conjecture about causes and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease are hardly in short supply. It seems that every week, there is suspicion of a new contributing cause to the increasing rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In the last several years, everything from processed foods to genetics has been named as contributing factors, yet there is very little information that is conclusive. And to date, there is no single thing that we can point to and say “This is a definite cause o...
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7 Foods for a Healthy Brain

Scientists remain uncertain about what causes Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers believe it likely develops from a combination of factors which can include genetics and family history as well as environmental and lifestyle influences. While it is not yet clear whether healthier lifestyle choices can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s, scientists do agree that better diets and increased exercise can improve brain health and lower risks for other diseases. Here are seven foods that can help support b...
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Dementia and Sleep Issues

Sleep problems are often experienced by people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. It is not entirely clear why this is such a common issue with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, but scientists believe that, along with memory and behavior changes, the impact of Alzheimer's on the brain can also affect sleep. This may result in less time in deep sleep and more time awake at night. Additional difficulties may include excessive sleepiness or agitation during the day and abnormal movements or brea...
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The Benefits of Safe and Personalized Residential Care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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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Sensory Stimulation Therapy for Dementia and Alzheimer’s

As Alzheimer’s disease and dementia progress and cognitive abilities continue to decline, it becomes increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks. It also becomes harder to communicate and interact socially with others. This can be a stressful and isolating experience for the patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Sensory stimulation therapy can provide an engaging and enjoyable way to encourage interaction and emotional expression by invoking pleasant memor...
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Proper Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Proper eating and nutrition are important for everyone, but eating well presents particular challenges for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Individuals experiencing cognitive decline may find it increasingly difficult to keep track of mealtimes, understand healthy food choices or even how to properly use utensils. Poor nutrition for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia may also lead to worsening symptoms, behavioral problems and unhealthy weight loss. While Alzheimer’s and dementia do...
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