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Alzheimer’s and The Importance of Reminiscing

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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 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

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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

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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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Benefits Of Exercise On The Brain | Millennium Memory Care

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Everyone knows how important it is to be physically active. Some of the many physical benefits of regular exercise include improved strength, flexibility, stamina, balance and coordination. Exercise can also help with managing weight and controlling risk factors for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and stroke. On the other hand, lack of activity can have serious negative consequences. In addition to an overall poorer sense of well-being, older adults who are ...
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Exercise Improves Memory | Millennium Memory Care

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It is no secret that exercise has many benefits for both physical and mental well-being, and doctors have long been touting the value of aerobic exercise for both cardiovascular and brain health. Aerobic exercise has been shown to keep cognitive abilities from declining and reducing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Regular exercise is often credited with relieving stress, reducing risk of stroke, lowering blood sugar and improving balance and coordination. Scientists have also suggested that...
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Air Pollution And Alzheimer’s Disease | Millennium Memory Care

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It is well understood that exposure to industrial pollutants can lead to a number of negative health effects, which can range from mild irritation to asthma and other more severe respiratory and cardiovascular issues. Now new research from the United Kingdom and Mexico has uncovered a possible link between neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and the presence in the brain of a magnetic iron oxide compound called magnetite. Magnetite, a common industrial air pollutant release...
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Language Learning And Dementia | Millennium Memory Care

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A recent study, “The impact of bilingualism on brain reserve and metabolic connectivity in Alzheimer’s dementia,” which appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that speaking more than one language may protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease. In the study, bilingual subjects performed significantly better on memory tests than their single-language peers, even though the bilingual subjects were on average five years older than the single-language part...
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Psychiatric Care or the Right Care?

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By Galina Markovich Director, MMC In my 25 years of practice with geriatric populations suffering from dementia, I have learned that patience, proper timing of medications, close observation of immediate needs and an individualized approach are the keys to success in managing difficult cases of dementia. Families often ask me how we can manage 16 residents in one home, especially with so many having advanced dementia and exhibiting challenging behavior, when the family can’t even manage one ...
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