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How to Choose the Best Nursing Home for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s

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Choose the Best Nursing HomeIt’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the options available in Alzheimer’s care. Where can you turn for help to make the best choice for your loved one?

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Living with Lewy Body Dementia

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lewy body dementiaRobin Williams’s widow recently revealed what she believes led to her husband’s suicide — the unbearable symptoms of Lewy body dementia (LBD).

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New Approaches to Dementia Care

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approaches to dementia careOnce upon a time, seniors with dementia were defined by what they could no longer do. Today, however, many caregivers are focusing on the abilities that remain rather than on those that have been lost.

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A Timeline of Dementia: What to Know for Each Stage

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dementia stages timelineThough every type of dementia is different and every person who has dementia is different, understanding the basic stages can make a tremendous difference in the life of the senior, says Kim Warchol, president of Dementia Care Specialists, a specialized offering of the Crisis Prevention Institute. “Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias tend to progress through predictable stages,” she explains. “When …Read more ›

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Music Therapy Activities for Adults

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music therapy activities for adultsMy grandmother has dementia, and though she can no longer remember her loved ones, she perks up whenever she hears music playing.

I have a similar kind of music memory – I can’t remember the details of a conversation I had last week, but I can still recite every word of “Parents Just Don’t Understand” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and …Read more ›

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The Benefits of Art Therapy for Seniors

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art therapy for seniorsThe arts are well known for their life-giving, soul-restoring, undeniably therapeutic effects for people of all ages. That’s why the findings of the landmark “Creativity and Aging Study” should come as no surprise – that professionally conducted arts programs have a significant impact on the well-being of older adults.

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Dementia and Mental Illness: Is Dementia a Psychiatric Disorder?

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dementia_mentalAngry outbursts, paranoia, hallucinations—any or all these behaviors may be indicative of mental illness, but they also may manifest themselves in individuals who have dementia. While symptoms may be similar, dementia should not be treated as a mental illness but rather as a distinct condition that has separate causes and treatments.

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Early Warning Signs of Dementia

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signs of dementiaLately, I’ve been having trouble remembering things. My husband swears he told me something, but I have no recollection of the conversation. I’m only in my late 30s, so this is troubling – especially because my grandmother has dementia, and her mother did, too. Does this mean I’m at risk?

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How to Deal with Dementia in the Elderly

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dementia_with_daughterDealing with dementia in the elderly is best achieved with a person-centered approach. With more than 15 million people providing unpaid care for Alzheimer’s disease alone, the need to understand how to care for someone with dementia is paramount. (more…)

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These Three Things May Indicate Future Alzheimer’s

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depressionDepression, anxiety, and agitation are possible indications of future development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study published in the American Academy of Neurology’s medical journal. (more…)

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