Uncategorized

I want my mom to have a good quality of life.

Senior Lady with flowers
These are the words I most often hear when family members bring their loved ones to Millennium Memory Care. When Covid-19 started to spread throughout the U.S. in early March, Millennium Memory Care (MMC) was one of the few communities that limited non-essential visitations, provided all employees with PPE, and required them to wear N95 masks. This was weeks before the State of NJ mandated such actions in Long Term Care homes. At MMC, all possible infection prevention procedures were implemented...
Read More

Can Air Pollution Increase the Risk of Alzheimer’s?

Smokestacks
It is well understood that exposure to industrial pollutants can lead to a number of negative health effects, which can range from mild irritation to asthma and other more severe respiratory and cardiovascular issues. Now new research from the United Kingdom and Mexico has uncovered a possible link between neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and the presence in the brain of a magnetic iron oxide compound called magnetite. Magnetite, a common industrial air pollutant release...
Read More

Can Speaking a Second Language Protect Against Alzheimer’s?

Globe of all nations in hand
A recent study, “The impact of bilingualism on brain reserve and metabolic connectivity in Alzheimer’s dementia,” which appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that speaking more than one language may protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease. In the study, bilingual subjects performed significantly better on memory tests than their single-language peers, even though the bilingual subjects were on average five years older than the single-language part...
Read More

Alzheimer’s and Art Therapy

Art Therapy at Holmdel
People often think art is for the elite, only important if created by one of The Masters, hangs in a museum, and is perfect.  This is incorrect.  Studies show that art, and making art, is important because it   engages the mind, helps hand-eye coordination, and reduces anxiety and stress.  It’s a form of self-expression and communication.  Art is for everyone. The benefits that come from creating art are important for those with Alzheimer’s.   While it allows them to relax and enjoy the c...
Read More

Healthy, Easy and Pleasant: Tips for Maintaining Good Nutrition

Preparing Healthy Food
Good nutrition can be challenging for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Patients may lose track of mealtimes, skip meals or simply eat or drink less than they used to. They may forget how to use utensils, not recognize certain foods, have difficulty chewing and swallowing, or lose their appetites due to medications or diminishing enjoyment of food. Poor nutrition can lead to increased agitation, unhealthy weight loss, weakness, lowered immunity and dehydration. Making meals h...
Read More

6 Tips for Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

floating brain image
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...
Read More

Social engagement may help slow dementia

According to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, public engagement and civic activity helps the memory center in aging brains maintain its size and in some cases even grow larger. This new research recently appeared in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association and was drawn from a study of a Baltimore based program that matches retirees with young people in public schools to act as reading mentors. At two years in length, this s...
Read More

Lifestyle Changes Can Help Support Cognitive Health

Alzheimer’s disease, along with other forms of dementia, is expected to affect more and more of us and our loved ones as our elderly population continues to increase in number. While some deterioration of memory or cognition is not unexpected with age, ongoing research into cognitive decline is providing evidence that certain lifestyle changes can significantly contribute to improved cognitive health and reduced risk of decline and dementia. With no treatments currently available to effectively ...
Read More

How Millennium Memory Care Has Managed the COVID-19 Crisis

By Galina MarkovichDirector, MMCNo one can dispute the devastating effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and the effects of COVID-19 on seniors, especially in nursing homes, memory care facilities, and other centers that serve aging, vulnerable populations. We have all heard the startling numbers over the last few months. And although we were certainly not unaffected, the four intimate memory care homes that make up the Millennium Memory Care community have fared better than most. Here a few key f...
Read More
Top