Father’s Day Gifts for Dads With Memory Loss

It is often in the quiet moments with the fewest distractions that we are able to make the most heartfelt connections. Some people struggle with celebrating Father’s Day once their dad begins suffering the effects of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of memory loss. You and your family may feel like the...

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What is Dementia?

From Alzheimer’s Reading Room Key facts Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities. Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of aging. Worldwide, 35.6 million people have dementia and there are 7.7...

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Video Games Might Help Fight Alzheimer’s

From the Houston Press Blog Alzheimer’s is a terrifying disease that progressively causes dementia and memory loss, especially in the elderly. There is no cure, but an unlikely candidate is being enlisted in the fight: video games. In 2010 the East Carolina University Psychophysiology Lab began performing studies on the...

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Tips for Sundowning

Many people with Alzheimer’s go through a period of heightened agitation, aggression, delusions, paranoia, or wandering during the late afternoon or early evening. The phenomenon is commonly called Sundowning. No one knows for sure, but many believe that it is related to our circadian rhythms working in relation to the loss...

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The Lowdown On Legal Documents

With these legal documents in hand — Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), Medical Power of Attorney (POA) and Advance Directive (AD) you have one thing — Legal Control. Without these properly executed documents you have no control over medical decisions and treatments. With them you have a fighting chance of having a...

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5 Ways Music Boosts Brain Activity

Music Helps Dementia Patients Recall Memories and Emotions A recent study shows that dementia and Alzheimer’s patients can recall memories and emotions, and have enhanced mental performance after singing classic hits and show tunes from movies and musicals – a breakthrough in understanding how music affects those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Researchers determined...

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Eight Weeks to a Better Brain

From The Harvard Gazette By Sue McGreevey, MGH Communications Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. In a study that will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team...

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