Alzheimer’s & Memory Care Blog

We offer useful information to benefit family members who require memory care. Those with dementia and Alzheimer’s require memory activities in order to preserve their cognitive function. In this section of our blog, you can find the answers you need to help coordinate memory care for loved ones who may be dealing with dementia.

Dementia Care: Six Tips for Coping with Delusions

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You’ve been helping Dad with his bills and investments for years — and now he’s suddenly convinced you’re trying to steal his money.

Or you’ve shared a happy marriage for decades with your beloved wife, but now, out of the blue, she’s accusing you of having an affair.

These are disturbing and, unfortunately, familiar scenarios for many who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. It’s not uncommon for people with dementia to exhibit paranoid or delusional thinking or, in some cases, to experience hallucinations.
Approximately 30 percent of people with dementia may develop delusions … read more

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How Essential Oils Can Help People With Dementia Sleep Better

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Is there a certain smell that reminds you of home? Is it fresh-baked cookies right out of the oven? Maybe the smell of Chanel No. 5 evokes memories of watching your mom get ready for a big night out.

Scents have been proven to connect with a person’s memory, and aromatherapy, or the use of essential oils, has been increasing in popularity when it comes to its effects on those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.

Read on to learn more about how incorporating aromatherapy into caregiving may help when it comes to your loved … read more

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Memory Loss: What’s Normal; What’s Not?

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With dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other memory-related cognitive disorders so top-of-mind today, it might cause you to pause and wonder:

Is My Age-Related Memory Loss Normal?

According to studies, almost 40 percent of people over the age of 65 experience some form of memory loss. When there is no medical issue behind it, it’s referred to as “age-associated memory impairment,” a normal result of aging.

On the other hand, brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are something quite different.

 Related: Understanding the common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. >>

Age-Related Memory Loss … read more

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Better Your Memory with These 6 ‘Brain Foods’

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While there is no magic food to improve your brainpower (yet!), there are a few foods that research has shown may be able to delay dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. While it’s very important to eat a balanced diet (more on that below), it’s always best to check with your primary physician before you make any lifestyle changes.

Which Foods are Good for Memory?

Research has linked these six brain foods to delaying memory loss. Read on to see how you may be able to eat your way to better health.

1. Berries

Berries are rich in flavonoids, which can improve cognitive function, according … read more

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Tips For Preventing, Coping With Sundowning

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Sundown syndrome is a state of confusion affecting people with dementia that occurs in the late afternoon into the night. Sundowning can cause confusion, anxiety, and aggression, as well as wandering, which would naturally worry any caregiver.

Here are some tips for managing sundowning along with factors to look out for that can aggravate sundown syndrome in your loved one.

What Causes Sundowning?

There are many factors that can aggravate sundowning, but The Mayo Clinic notes the most prevalent of causes include:

Increasing shadows
Low lighting
Disruption of a regular daily schedule
Fatigue or illness
Disruption of a person’s body clock
Difficulty separating reality … read more

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Higher Stamina Levels May Lower Your Risk of Dementia

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Women with higher stamina — or greater cardiovascular fitness — in midlife could decrease their risk of dementia by 88 percent, according to a new study published in the American Academy of Neurology’s medical journal, “Neurology.”

Study ties stamina level, dementia risk

The study began in 1968 when 191 Swedish women, age 38 to 60, participated in an exercise bike test to evaluate their cardiovascular stamina. During the test, the women were brought to their “maximum workload” or peak exhaustion.

The women were categorized into three fitness groups based on their workload: Low, medium and high fitness. Of … read more

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Delirium Is Not Always Related to Dementia

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When an older adult suddenly exhibits confused behavior, loved ones may fear that he or she is experiencing the onset of dementia. Such fear may be unwarranted, however. The cause of the senior’s behavior might well be delirium.

Delirium, says the Alzheimer’s Association (AA), is a “medical condition that results in confusion and other disruptions in thinking and behavior, including changes in perception, attention, mood and activity level.” However, the AA stresses that delirium is not the same as dementia, even though “individuals living with dementia are highly susceptible to delirium.”

To help distinguish between the two conditions, the … read more

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How Games May Benefit People Living with Dementia

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Games – who doesn’t love them? From our earliest years, we learn, socialize and expand our knowledge of the world by playing all kinds of games: card games, board games, word games, games of chance and many others.

Game-playing is a mentally stimulating activity, and evidence exists that such mentally-stimulating activities can have a positive impact on older adults suffering from dementia.

Let’s take a look at the many ways that games have been found to have value, making the lives of older adults with dementia more fun, engaging and healthy.

Evidence that game-playing is associated with healthier brains

In March 2017, Mayo Clinic … read more

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Dementia: Safety Tips for Different Settings

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Caring for a loved one with dementia requires both an understanding of the unique challenges posed by the disease and a plan to maximize safety and security on a day-to-day basis. Here are some tips that can enhance safety in a variety of settings:

Prevent falls in the bathroom. As indicated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s article, Staying Safe: Steps to Take for a Person with Dementia, “most accidents in the home occur during daily activities such as eating, bathing, and using the restroom.” To create a safer bathroom, attach textured stickers to slippery surfaces and secure throw rugs … read more

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Tips for Maintaining Independence

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People with early stage Alzheimer’s disease may notice impairment in language, memory, insight and social skills. The changes in ability to remember, follow instructions and carry out tasks that used to be routine, can become challenging. “Accepting changes in your abilities and adapting new coping skills can help you restore balance to your life…,” says the Alzheimer’s Association. In doing so, you can better remain active and retain a sense of control over your life.

What does a coping strategy look like?

Focus on what daily or frequent goals are most important to you. Be realistic about what you … read more

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