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Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Music Therapy and Dementia
Who hasn’t felt the power of music? According to a 2010 study, over 90% of people have felt chills down their spine while listening to music. There’s no doubt that music is powerful, and recent studies show that it can be a powerful tool for reaching people in the advanced stages of dementia. Learn more...
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Anosognosia and Alzheimer's Disease
Because of the nature of dementia, it is entirely likely that your loved one does not realize he or she is suffering from the disease. More than denial, this condition is called anosognosia and it is a lack of awareness of impairment. Affecting up to 81% of people with Alzheimer’s disease, anosognosia is a medical...
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Fighting the Alzheimer's Stigma
People who live with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia experience stigmas and stereotypes every day. Stigma is a condition which causes an individual to be labeled by others in an undesirable and rejected stereotype. More than just negative thoughts about a person with the disease, the stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s is a barrier...
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Talking to Children about Dementia
There are an estimated 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. This number is expected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050. Every 65 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with the disease. With numbers as staggering as these, it’s no surprise that we all are going to have to face the...
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Engaging Activities for People with Dementia
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Following a diagnosis, we must focus our efforts on living well with the disease and doing what we can to slow its progression. One way to improve the quality of life for people with dementia is to help them remain socially and actively engaged with the world around...
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Person-Centered Care
Many memory care communities boast a “person-centered” approach to care. But, what does that mean? What does that look like in the everyday care of a person with dementia? Person-centered care is all about the person living with the disease, and not the disease itself. Focusing on personal preferences, life history, routines, and other individual...
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Is Sanfilippo Syndrome Childhood Alzheimer's?
Sanfilippo Syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes fatal brain damage. Because its symptoms are so similar to Alzheimer’s, many call Sanfilippo Syndrome “childhood Alzheimer’.” While the symptoms are similar, the underlying causes are different with both fatal diseases leading to dementia. Learn more about this devastating condition and its relationship to Alzheimer’s disease....
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When is it Time to Move to Memory Care?
Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia are progressive conditions that worsen over time. In the early stages of dementia your loved one can still be independent but as the disease progresses, your loved one will require full-time care. How do you know when it’s time to move a loved one to memory care? When is...
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Create Your Own Dementia Care Plan
When it comes to dementia caregiving, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Because each person is unique, the disease affects each person and their caregivers in different ways. Some days seem to fly by and you are so busy but you feel like you get nothing done. Other days drag and you worry about your loved...
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