Finding a Memory Care Home

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Finding a Memory Care Home Finding the right Memory Care home is a big responsibility. You want to ensure your loved one living with dementia is well taken care of and has access to individualized medical attention. But how do you find the memory care facility that is safe and offers the appropriate resources? Research is the key. Start by going online and identifying memory care facilities in your area. When you find one that seems like a good fit, schedule a visit. In-person, you will be ...
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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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6 Tips To Help with Alzheimer’s Communication Challenges

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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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