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Brain Games and Activities for Memory Care

October 09, 2019 in: Memory Care (dementia/alzheimers),

It's a well-known fact that optimum health requires regular exercise, a nutritious diet, and plenty of sleep. And it's important to realize that keeping a nimble mind is just as important as our physical health. Studies have found ( that brain games and activities for memory care can prevent cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. 

The reason brain games keep us mentally healthy is simple. Games provide mental exercises that train us how to pay attention to the things that matter and how to ignore the things that don't. In other words, they teach us to focus on problem-solving and to ignore things that don't contribute to the solution. 

What is the Late Stage of Dementia?

September 20, 2019 in: Memory Care (dementia/alzheimers),

Having a loved one with late stage Dementia can be heartbreaking. Although the illness may be terminal, individuals can live with Dementia for years. Understanding when the end stages of dementia have begun is key to providing the best care possible and giving your loved one the comfort they deserve. 

Alzheimer’s News: Depression Molecule Helps Improve Memory in Alzheimer

September 12, 2019 in: Memory Care (dementia/alzheimers),

It's always welcome news when the advancements of science yield encouraging and amazing discoveries. In this case, the information could help improve memory in Alzheimer patients, and the disease could certainly use some hopeful headlines.

The statistics paint a sobering view of the condition. For example, an estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease in 2019. This includes all ages. Also, some 44 million people globally have Alzheimer's or related dementia.

Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Is Important

August 19, 2019 in: Memory Care (dementia/alzheimers),

Alzheimer's and dementia have become more prevalent as the baby boomers reach old age. Despite this, the majority of people are unprepared for a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimers. 

Similar to many other diseases, medical professionals advocate for early detection to minimize the effects.

This list consists of the things a patient will need to look after before the condition progresses. However, many people may not realize what's involved in the early stages of the disease.

An Open Discussion about Driving and Alzheimer’s

February 04, 2019 in: Memory Care (dementia/alzheimers),

Fast decision making, quick reaction times, and good hand-eye coordination is all part of what you need to drive safely. You also need to have a good memory to remember directions. Eventually, there comes a time when those diagnosed with Alzheimer's won’t able to drive. It is important to deal with the issue early so that everyone can experience a level of ease during the transition period.

Understanding Situational Dementia Behavior in Seniors

August 28, 2018 in: Memory Care (dementia/alzheimers), Senior Health,

Dementia comes with numerous challenges. It can be especially difficult if it's a loved one who becomes difficult to communicate with. It can be frustrating for you, the care taker and the ones suffering from it.

Nevertheless, it is important to know the different scenarios that can play out in daily care and how you should deal with those situations if your loved one is suffering from dementia. Your loved one with dementia isn’t acting out on purpose. The changes in their brain account for the changes in their behavior.

Here are some of the situations where you need to effectively respond:

1.  Where Am I? What Time is it?

You may face situations where your parent is anxious and will ask such questions of you. They'll say that they want to go home, ask why they are at the house, or they may even fail to recognize it altogether.

Just remember that the reason for this confusion and loss of memory is deteriorating cognitive ability. Your parent may want more control over the situation. By saying these statements they're attempting to take back that control.

One way you deal with this is to politely remind them with photos and videos of where they are. Maybe the pictures and videos will help them remember where they are.

Take them towards a comfort and safety zone. Don't go into long explanations. That might get the wrong responses from them, making the situation even worse. You do not want that to happen.

2. Repetition and Accusation

If your parent says someone stole their possessions, has problems doing basic math, keeps collecting things or repeats things after the conversation has moved on, this is another situation where you need to practice patience. Deteriorating brain cells may be the cause of these repetitive behaviors and baseless accusations.

Sometimes it's obvious and sometimes it's not. Stockpiling and accusations may be obvious signs. But having trouble with simple calculations without realizing it is not so obvious, especially for the senior.

You have to be very diplomatic about it. If they're having troubles with their taxes, you might mention slight overdrafts in their bill, and ask if the bank was making a mistake. If they voluntarily own up, encourage them by telling them that it’s alright, and oblige if they ask for your help. Questioning them out right would make matters way worse, so avoid that.

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