Sleep And Dementia Risk | Millennium Memory Care

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Sleep problems are familiar to Alzheimer’s patients and those who care for them. The experience of sleep disorders is quite common for individuals with Alzheimer’s. What has not been entirely clear is which comes first: Alzheimer’s disease or the related sleep disorders. Experts have suspected that areas of the brain responsible for regulating sleep are damaged in individuals with Alzheimer’s, leading to poor quality sleep. Now, brain scientists at Oregon Health & Science University sugge...
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Sugar And Alzheimer’s Disease | Millennium Memory Care

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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 enz...
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Lighting Intervention in Memory Care Homes for People with Dementia

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Research out of Penn State's Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing and the College of Engineering has received a grant from the National Institute on Aging. The grant is being used to investigate the effects of ambient lighting interventions in nursing homes. Specifically, this investigation will examine ambient lighting's effects on residents with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. As the disease progresses, dementia affects just about all aspects of everyday life. The most common sym...
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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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Knowing Dementia: Common Myths

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When we hear about dementia, it is commonly concerning the elderly; in America alone, more than 6 million suffer from some form of it. If someone in your life has been newly diagnosed, it’s essential to learn the facts of this disorder. There are currently a handful of myths about dementia, so let’s go through the most common ones to learn the truth behind them to understand better what dementia is and the associated risks. Myth 1: Dementia is a disease Dementia is an umbrella term for sym...
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Benefits Of Sleep | Millennium Memory Care

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Everyone enjoys waking up refreshed after a good night’s sleep. Although it seems your brain and body have shut down during this period, your brain is quite actively performing many critical functions during sleep. This is why it is so important to get regular uninterrupted quality sleep so that your brain has a chance to perform essential tasks during the night. Trash Removal. When you are asleep, some parts of your brain become much more active than during the day. One part is responsible f...
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Caring for Dementia Patients at Home

Caring for Dementia Patients at Home
The decision about how to best care for a loved one who presents with symptoms of Alzheimer’s or dementia is difficult to make. While care facilities can offer personalized care at the hands of experienced professionals, many loved ones of the 5.8 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease choose to provide care from home. One of the most common struggles caregivers experience is making time to care for themselves. Creating a positive and safe environment for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can ...
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How to Choose Senior Care Facilities for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s

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As our loved ones get older, they may need assistance with everyday living. Deciding how to care for seniors experiencing Alzheimer’s or dementia symptoms can be especially overwhelming. While an assisted living home may offer some basic assistance with elderly care, a dedicated nursing home for Alzheimer’s patients will have staff who specialize in caring for patients experiencing symptoms of dementia, and who can offer more complex medical attention. If you are considering around-the-clock pro...
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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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Dementia Music Therapy | Millennium Memory Care

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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. What is Alzheimer's or dementia music therapy? Music therapy for Alzheimer's or dementia patients uses music and the subsequent memories and feeling the music evokes to help those patient's cognitive functions and mental hea...
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