Social engagement may help slow dementia

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According to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, public engagement and civic activity helps the memory center in aging brains maintain its size and in some cases even grow larger. This new research recently appeared in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association and was drawn from a study of a Baltimore based program that matches...
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Lifestyle Changes Can Help Support Cognitive Health

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Alzheimer’s disease, along with other forms of dementia, is expected to affect more and more of us and our loved ones as our elderly population continues to increase in number. While some deterioration of memory or cognition is not unexpected with age, ongoing research into cognitive decline is providing evidence that certain lifestyle changes can significantly contribute to improved cognitive hea...
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Lifestyle, Positivity & Alzheimer’s

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Studies, opinions and conjecture about causes and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease are hardly in short supply. It seems that every week, there is suspicion of a new contributing cause to the increasing rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In the last several years, everything from processed foods to genetics has been named as contributing factors, yet there is very little information that is conclu...
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7 Foods for a Healthy Brain

Scientists remain uncertain about what causes Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers believe it likely develops from a combination of factors which can include genetics and family history as well as environmental and lifestyle influences. While it is not yet clear whether healthier lifestyle choices can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s, scientists do agree that better diets and increased exercise can im...
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Dementia and Sleep Issues

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Sleep problems are often experienced by people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. It is not entirely clear why this is such a common issue with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, but scientists believe that, along with memory and behavior changes, the impact of Alzheimer's on the brain can also affect sleep. This may result in less time in deep sleep and more time awake at night. Additional diff...
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The Benefits of Safe and Personalized Residential Care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

As Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia progress, your loved one will become increasingly dependent upon you for the most basic of care. As a caregiver, it is natural to feel overwhelmed, and even feel resentment, as the demands on time and energy continue to increase rapidly. As you endeavor to meet the growing needs of your elderly loved one, a struggle naturally arises between realist...
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Cognitive Benefits of Sleep

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Everyone enjoys that feeling of waking up refreshed after a good night’s sleep. You might think that during this restful period, your brain and body have turned off or shut down to deliver this sensation of rejuvenation. But in actuality, your brain is quite actively performing many critical functions during sleep. It is for this reason that it is so important to get regular uninterrupted quality ...
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Proper Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

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Proper eating and nutrition are important for everyone, but eating well presents particular challenges for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Individuals experiencing cognitive decline may find it increasingly difficult to keep track of mealtimes, understand healthy food choices or even how to properly use utensils. Poor nutrition for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia may also lead to ...
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Sensory Stimulation Therapy for Dementia and Alzheimer’s

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As Alzheimer’s disease and dementia progress and cognitive abilities continue to decline, it becomes increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks. It also becomes harder to communicate and interact socially with others. This can be a stressful and isolating experience for the patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Sensory stimulation therapy can provide an...
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5 Myths About Alzheimer’s

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Myth 1: It only happens only to older people. While true that most people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older, it can also happen when you’re young. Around 5% of people experience symptoms in their 30s, 40s, or 50s, which is called early-onset Alzheimer’s. Myth 2: Alzheimer’s is part of aging. A little memory loss is a normal part of aging. But true Alzheimer's symptoms, like memory loss, shoul...
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