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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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Brain-Friendly Foods to Keep Alzheimer’s and Dementia at Bay


August 06, 2018 in: Memory Care (dementia/alzheimers), Nutrition (hydration/food/etc), Senior Health,

You are what you eat. The food that you consume plays a vital role in your health. Meanwhile, the number of people suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia has increased. You have to wonder – am I next?

These diseases can affect anyone, and you should take every precaution. Did you know that you can do that with food? Yes, there are some foods that can actually reduce the chances of you getting dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Here are some brain-healthy foods that will help you stay healthy and happy:

1.Milk

Milk can help make your bones stronger. But did you know that it is also brain-friendly? Consuming milk regularly can help raise glutathione – an antioxidant that naturally occurs in older healthy people. This antioxidant is known to prevent oxidative stress, which is responsible for causing damage to the brain.

2.Cherries and Berries

These fruits are not only delicious, but also brain-friendly. They are rich in vitamin C and E. Eating cherries and berries protects your brain from damaging free radicals as they are rich in anthocyanin. These berries also have anti-inflammatory properties, which are vital for brain health.

3.Leafy Greens

Uncle Vernon from Harry Potter may call it, “rabbit food”, but they are a perfect food for your brain health. No matter what age you are, finishing your greens is good for your health. Spinach, collards, kale, broccoli, and other green leafy veggies are rich in vitamin A as well as vitamin C.

4.Nuts

Do you like snacking on potato chips? Well, how about you snack on something that is equally delicious and also brain-friendly? Nuts are filled with antioxidants, fiber, and healthy fats that not only keep your brain healthy but also your heart.

5.Beans

Beans should be a regular part of your diet. This miraculous food is a perfect package when it comes to keeping Alzheimer’s and dementia at bay. They are low in fats and calories and high in protein and fiber.

6.Fish

Fish is not only delicious, but also healthy. Consuming fish protects the function of your brain and keeps it healthy. And when your brain is healthy, you are at less risk of getting dementia or Alzheimer’s.

7.Olive Oil

Instead of cooking your food in regular oil, cook it in olive oil people who eat olive oil are less likely to face cognitive decline.

How many of your favorites made the list? Even if they didn’t, you should eat these brain-friendly foods as they will lower the risks of you getting these awful diseases. Stay healthy!

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