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Dementia Music Therapy | Millennium Memory Care

Music Listening and Meditation
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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How To Deal With Dementia Delusions | Millennium Memory Care

Senior in Pain
People with Alzheimer’s and dementia often experience hallucinations and delusions. This can be confusing and scary. It is important for caregivers to understand what they are, why they are happening, and how they can help. Hallucinations are sensory based. When someone is having hallucinations they are hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, or even feeling things that do not exist. For instance, your loved one may see a dog on the patio, or children running around the house. They might hear voi...
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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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Dementia Wandering Prevention | Millennium Memory Care

dementia wandering prevention
Of all the issues facing someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, perhaps the most dangerous is wandering. Understanding the potential warning signs of those at risk, the causes and preventative actions, can help keep your loved one safe.  There are five main reasons someone may wander.   Stress or fear. When someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is uncomfortable or does not understand what is happening around them, they might feel the need to flee and seek calm and familiarity.   Searchi...
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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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Finding a Memory Care Home

On the Porch at Ocean
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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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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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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