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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6 Tips To Help with Alzheimer’s Communication Challenges

Caregiver and patient at home
As Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia progress, symptoms may change and become more severe. In the early stages of the disease, a person with Alzheimer's may still function independently, experiencing only minor difficulties with concentration or memory loss. Over time, these issues worsen with increasing forgetfulness and confusion about people, places, dates and times. Another symptom that typically manifests over time is the patient's increasing difficulty with communicating. A...
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Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

Diagnosing the Brain
Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease can be challenging. Dementia issues can be attributed to a variety of causes. If you have a loved one living with dementia, there are numerous physical and diagnostic tests for a diagnosis. The main evaluation steps are: a visit with a primary care physician, memory cognition testing, lab tests, neurological testing, and brain imaging. It is important to note home tests are not advisable and should be avoided. They have not been s...
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Music Listening and Meditation May Help Reverse or Slow Cognitive Decline

Music Listening and Meditation
A study conducted by a West Virginia University research team found that music listening and meditation for 12 minutes daily can significantly improve cognitive performance. Participants in the study, considered at high risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease due to a level of subjective cognitive decline, were assigned to either beginner meditation or music listening sessions for 12 minutes per day for three months, then to continue on their own for another three months. Their memory and cog...
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Can Obesity in Adolescence Influence Cognitive Function in Adulthood?

Can Obesity in Adolescence Influence Cognitive Function in Adulthood?
We are all well aware of the many negative health consequences associated with obesity and having a high Body Mass Index, or BMI. Body Mass Index is a calculation of a person’s weight divided by the square of their height. A high BMI is associated with being overweight or obese. A number of studies have already documented how obesity in adults can affect cognitive function but, until recently, the link between high BMI in adolescence and cognitive function in adulthood had not been examined. ...
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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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Caregiver Support

Caregiver Support
Caregiver Support As the caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you want to provide the best memory care possible, but it can be a challenge.  You need to learn about memory care, how dementia is affecting your loved one, and the medical support you need. Sometimes, being the caregiver to someone living with dementia means you start to lose a sense of yourself. Your time isn’t your own, your finances may suffer, you may have family members resistant to helping you, and there is ...
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Visiting Someone With Alzheimer’s | Millennium Memory Care

Senior and Woman V2
Visiting someone with Alzheimer’s is an importance aspect of their care and overall well-being.  Even if they are otherwise healthy and all their medical needs are being met, don’t underestimate the power of a personal visit.  As with most aspects of Alzheimer’s, it isn’t the memory of the visit that they will value, but the feelings and emotions that are conveyed and expressed. When visiting someone, it is crucial not to overwhelm them.  Don’t arrive as a big noisy group, asking questions an...
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Can Mild Exercise Delay Cognitive Decline?

Couple Running with Dog
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health recently found in a study that mild exercise, in the form of walking for 30 minutes four times per week, resulted in detectable changes in brain regions believed to be related to cognitive impairment. All study participants engaged in the same walking program for the three-month study. One group of participants was comprised of healthy elders, while a second group consisted of elders with mild cognitive impairment. Individuals ...
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