Challenges with Challenging Behaviors  

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By Galina Markovich Director, MMC Dementia care is becoming ever more needed in an increasing variety of settings including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, boarding homes, rehab centers and of course, in the homes of friends and neighbors. It is crucial to understand what the best care setting is for someone with behavioral dementia. In my support groups, I frequently meet caregivers who ask this very question. Many of them have already had experiences with facilities where it ...
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Top 5 Most Promising Treatments for Dementia

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Dementia is a debilitating condition affecting millions worldwide, robbing individuals of their cognitive abilities, memories, and independence. As the global population ages, the search for effective treatments becomes increasingly urgent. Fortunately, the field of dementia research is witnessing remarkable advancements, offering hope for both patients and caregivers. Here, we delve into the top five most promising treatments for dementia, offering a glimpse into a future where the ravages of t...
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Understanding the Spectrum: Exploring Different Types of Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of cognitive impairments that affect memory, thinking, and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Within this broad category, there are several different types of dementia, each with its unique characteristics, causes, and progression. Understanding these distinctions is crucial for accurate diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and effective caregiving. Let's delve into the various types of dementia: 1. Alzheime...
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Alzheimer’s May Reduce Ability to Perceive Pain

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Researchers at Vanderbilt University recently reported in BMC Medicine that Alzheimer’s may reduce ability to perceive pain. The three-year study at Vanderbilt examined two groups of adults aged 65 and older: one group diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and a second group with no signs of Alzheimer’s. Participants were asked to report pain levels resulting from exposure to varying degrees of heat. The study revealed that reports of pain sensation required higher temperatures for participan...
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How to Talk to Children About Dementia

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Dementia is a challenging topic for anyone to discuss, let alone with children. However, as the prevalence of dementia continues to rise globally, it's increasingly important for families to address the topic in an age-appropriate manner. Talking to children about dementia can be sensitive, but with patience, honesty, and empathy, it can also be an opportunity to foster understanding, empathy, and resilience. Here's how to navigate this delicate conversation: Start with Simple Explanations:...
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Understanding Early Onset Dementia: Unraveling the Challenges and Seeking Support

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Early Onset Dementia (EOD) is a condition that can have a profound impact on individuals and their families. Unlike the more common forms of dementia that typically affect older adults, EOD strikes individuals before the age of 65, adding an additional layer of complexity to the challenges faced by those living with the condition. In this article, we will delve into the definition, symptoms, causes, and available support for early onset dementia. Defining Early Onset Dementia Dementia ...
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The Cognitive Shield: How Learning a Second Language Mitigates Dementia

Learning a Second Language Mitigates Dementia
As the global population ages, the prevalence of dementia continues to rise, posing significant challenges for individuals and healthcare systems worldwide. In the quest to find effective preventive measures, researchers have uncovered a surprising ally in the form of language learning. Learning a second language has emerged as a powerful cognitive shield, offering not just the ability to communicate across cultures but also a defense against the onset and progression of dementia. Cognitive R...
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Aromatherapy’s Surprising Benefits for Seniors

Aromatherapy, the use of essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being, has gained popularity for its holistic approach to health. While it's well-known for reducing stress and anxiety, its benefits extend far beyond that, especially for seniors. As the aging population continues to grow, finding non-invasive and natural ways to enhance the quality of life for seniors becomes increasingly important. In this article, we will explore the numerous benefits of aromatherapy for seni...
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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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The Role of the Caregiver

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In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, people experience a gradual loss of memory along with a slow decline in cognitive and reasoning skills. At the outset, this can be frustrating and challenging, as forgetfulness increases and tasks that were once routine become harder to manage. But some simple coping tips and strategies can help with daily tasks and extend the opportunity to live an engaged and independent life. Before employing any of these strategies, it is important to acknowledg...
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