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Sleep and Dementia Risks

Sleep and Dementia Risks
With a loved one newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, you may notice and change in sleeping patterns. For example, it may become increasingly difficult for them to fall back asleep if they wake up in the middle of the night. New sleep problems are believed to result from changes caused by these brain diseases, but studies are being conducted to examine if poor sleep is the precursor to dementia, and not the other way around. Researchers are now drawing more and more li...
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How To Deal With Dementia Delusions | Millennium Memory Care

Senior in Pain
People with Alzheimer’s and dementia often experience hallucinations and delusions. This can be confusing and scary. It is important for caregivers to understand what they are, why they are happening, and how they can help. Hallucinations are sensory based. When someone is having hallucinations they are hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, or even feeling things that do not exist. For instance, your loved one may see a dog on the patio, or children running around the house. They might hear voi...
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A Creative Therapeutic Approach That Truly Works!

Music with Kids at Monroe
By Galina Markovich Director, Millennium Memory Care November 1st, 2019 was a milestone in the story of Millennium Memory Care (MMC). It was on that day that we celebrated MMC’s six-year anniversary. When we began, we initially just accepted residents with different types of dementia. But as I saw that more and more people were sent to psychiatric hospitals from other facilities, I decided to help those families with their loved ones who had challenging behaviors. In the six years since ...
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Dementia Wandering Prevention | Millennium Memory Care

dementia wandering prevention
Of all the issues facing someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, perhaps the most dangerous is wandering. Understanding the potential warning signs of those at risk, the causes and preventative actions, can help keep your loved one safe.  There are five main reasons someone may wander.   Stress or fear. When someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is uncomfortable or does not understand what is happening around them, they might feel the need to flee and seek calm and familiarity.   Searchi...
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Dementia Care at Home

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Dementia Care at Home If your loved one is suffering from dementia, but they aren’t ready for a permanent memory care facility, professional dementia care at home is a great solution. There are numerous types of in-home care services. The most common in-home services for those with Alzheimer’s are Companion Services, Personal Care Services, Homemaker Services, Skilled-Care Services, and 24/7 Care Services. Companion Services: The caregiver spends time with your loved one, keeping them compan...
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What Are the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease?

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What Are the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s Disease is a difficult disease, and not everyone experiences it the same way. The symptoms and their severity can vary by individual. However, there are enough basic similarities that Dr. Barry Reisberg from New York University has been able to identify seven stages of the disease’s progression,  known as the Reisberg Alzheimer's Scale. Knowing these stages will help you understand what your loved one living with Alzheimer’s is experiencin...
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Caregivers and Respite Help

Caregivers and Respite Help
Caregivers and Respite Help Being a caregiver to someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be extremely stressful.  However, many caregivers are hesitant to admit they need help.  Often, the caregivers of an elderly parent or spouse hide their depression, frustration, and feelings of being overwhelmed.  It doesn’t have to be this way. It is normal to want to take care of a loved one, yet still have a sense of exhaustion and the need to take a break.  Th...
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Hallucinations and Delusions with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Hallucinations and Delusions
Hallucinations and Delusions with Alzheimer’s and Dementia People with Alzheimer’s and dementia often suffer from hallucinations and delusions.  This can be confusing and scary.  It is important for the caregiver to understand what they are, why they are happening, and how they can help. Hallucinations are sensory based.  When someone is having a hallucination they are hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, or even feeling things that do not exist.  For instance, your loved one may see a dog on...
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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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Finding the Right Memory Care Services

Finding the Right Memory Care Services
Finding the Right Memory Care Services When the time comes for your loved one living with Alzheimer’s to move into a memory care facility, finding the right memory care services is crucial. It is important to focus on three key areas as you make your choice: the facility’s offerings, overall well-being, and social activities.  Each area is essential to the physical and emotional health of your loved one. Memory care facilities should offer: 24/7 security specific to Alzheimer’s pati...
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