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Tips to Communicate Effectively with Someone Who Has Dementia

Dementia can be devastating for both those who are experiencing it and the caregivers who are trying to communicate with them. The progression of it varies depending on the individual and the specific diagnosis, and it can become more pronounced over time. Imagine how frustrating it would be to lose…

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Do’s and Don’ts on Dealing with Dementia Behavior

Caring for someone with mid-to-late stage dementia can be challenging to say the least. Progressive dementia is full of life-altering changes, and everyone experiences them differently. When people experience confusion, communication difficulties, or the loss of memories, challenging behaviors may arise as they struggle to cope with a new normal.…

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What is “Sundowning”?

Are you caring for someone who exhibits confusion and agitation in the late afternoon and evening? This phenomenon is known as “sundowning.” According to the Mayo Clinic, sundowning isn’t a disease in itself, but a group of symptoms that occur at a particular time of day, typically in people with…

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Could it be Alzheimer’s?

About 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease in the world. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia—60 to 80 percent of dementia cases are caused by Alzheimer’s disease. It is a…

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Common Causes of Stress for Seniors

Stress in seniors; From Position for Certainty, 4certainty.com

According to the American Institute of Stress, 60 percent of all human illnesses and disease are caused by stress. In addition, 1 in 5 Americans experience extreme stress, which means these folks may experience heart palpitations, depression, and shaking as a result of the stress. What causes stress? For many,…

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Parkinson’s Awareness Month

National Parkinson's Foundation

Roughly one million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s, which is second to Alzheimer’s as the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease in the world. According to the Parkinson Foundation, Parkinson’s is a progressive disease that causes a gradual loss of the nerve cells in the brain that produce a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine…

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Six Tips to Stay Mentally Sharp as You Age

We may all getting be getting older, but losing brain function is not inevitable. Just as exercising a muscle can keep it strong, exercising the brain can help create new brain cells and build new neural pathways. Here are six tips to help improve brain function and stay mentally sharp:…

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Loneliness Can Affect the Health of Seniors

If you’re older and lonely, your mental faculties may decline at a quicker rate. That’s the conclusion from new research presented recently at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2015 in Washington, D.C. In their study, researchers said they discovered that loneliness can be a key predictor of the rapid progression…

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