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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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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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Brain Healthy Diet

Brain Healthy Diet
You may already be aware that your lifestyle and dietary choices can help contribute to good health and better quality of life as you age. But did you know that eating or avoiding certain foods can lead to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s by a whopping 53%? A recent study from Rush University demonstrated that subjects who stuck to a specific food plan – the MIND diet – experienced up to a 53% reduced risk of Alzheimer’s, while people who followed the diet only part of the time still lowered the...
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Coping with Behavioral Changes in Alzheimer’s Patients

Brain with EKG Line
Coping with Behavioral Changes in Alzheimer’s Patients Most of us associate Alzheimer’s disease with the well-known and tragic symptoms of forgetfulness, mental confusion and memory loss. Certainly, early signs of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can include memory impairment, confusion, social withdrawal, disorientation and difficulty with words and communicating. Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die which results in impaired memory and cognitive functioning. This loss of br...
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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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Alzheimer’s and The Importance of Reminiscing

Memories Board at Holmdel
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 conve...
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Alzheimers Nutrition | Millennium Memory Care

Preparing Healthy Food
Getting proper nutrition can be challenging for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s patients may lose track of mealtimes and skip meals or simply eat and drink less than they used to. People with Alzheimer’s can experience difficulty with eating as cognitive functioning declines. They may forget how to use utensils, not recognize or no longer enjoy some foods, have difficulty chewing or swallowing, find food choices confusing or lose their appetites due ...
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Memory: Use It Or Lose It | Millennium Memory Care

Senior Woman Reading Book
It might make intuitive sense that the more you use your brain – engaging in activities like problem-solving and complex learning – the better it will continue to function as you age. We tend to think of exercising the brain in the same way as physical exercise: the less physically or mentally active you are, the more strength and ability is lost. In other words: use it or lose it. This idea, long regarded as simple common sense, may now have been verified by science. Researchers at Iowa Stat...
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What Is A Residential Care Facility | Millennium Memory Care

Holmdel Outside
As Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia progress, your loved one will become increasingly dependent upon you for the most basic of care. As a caregiver, it is natural to feel overwhelmed, and even feel resentment, as the demands on time and energy continue to increase rapidly. As you endeavor to meet the growing needs of your elderly loved one, a struggle naturally arises between realistic expectations of care and the guilt resulting from conflicting priorities. Part of being a success...
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Foods To Reverse Dementia | Millennium Memory Care

food to prevent dementia
Scientists remain uncertain about what causes Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers believe it likely develops from a combination of factors which can include genetics and family history as well as environmental and lifestyle influences. While it is not yet clear whether healthier lifestyle choices can prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s, scientists do agree that better diets and increased exercise can improve brain health and lower risks for other diseases. Here are seven foods that can...
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