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Cognitive Benefits of Sleep

Everyone enjoys that feeling of waking up refreshed after a good night’s sleep. You might think that during this restful period, your brain and body have turned off or shut down to deliver this sensation of rejuvenation. But in actuality, your brain is quite actively performing many critical functions during sleep. It is for this reason that it is so important to get regular uninterrupted quality sleep so that your brain has a chance to perform these essential tasks during the night. Trash Remo...
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High Blood Sugar Levels May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

It is well known that having too much sugar in the blood for long periods can lead to hyperglycemia which can contribute to increased risks of organ damage, heart attack and stroke, vision problems, and diabetes complications. Scientists have also known that people with diabetes are at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease but the connection between the two remained unclear. Researchers have now discovered that the molecular reaction triggered by excess glucose damages a specific enzym...
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Hallucinations and Delusions with Alzheimer’s and Dementia 

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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Respite Help and Care for Caregivers 

Being a caregiver to someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be extremely rewarding. It can also be incredibly stressful. But many caregivers hesitate to admit they need help. Often, 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 both want to take care of a loved one, yet still face exhaustion and the need to take a break. This does not indicate failure or lack of commitment. It ...
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Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Wandering 

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.   Searching fo...
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A Creative Therapeutic Approach That Truly Works!

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 I sta...
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Difficulties Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging for physicians to detect at an early stage if patients themselves do not recognize the warning signs or are reluctant to communicate their concerns. Often, it is family members or friends who observe signs of dementia even before the patient is aware they have a problem. There is still no definitive test for detecting Alzheimer’s disease, so a careful medical evaluation is needed to help lead to a diagnosis. In addition to physical exams and a review of me...
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Behavior Changes May Be an Early Indicator 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 suggest that changes in behavior that can arise prior to any noticeable impairment in thinking or ...
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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 conversations and can’t express themselves accurately.  ...
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Google and Microsoft will include a kill switch in the their smartphone.

The technology allows for a stolen Google (GOOG) Android and Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) Windows Phone-powered Nokia (NOK) device to be disabled, making it useless to the thief  With Google and Microsoft on board, kill switches will be available for 97% of the smartphone market, said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who made the announcement. Newer versions of Apple's iOS currently include a kill switch called Activation Lock and tracking software that requires a password before the iPh...
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