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Alzheimer’s and Communication Challenges

Alzheimer's Communication Problems
As Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia progress, symptoms may change and become more severe. In the early stages of the disease, a person with Alzheimer’s may still function independently, experiencing only minor difficulties with concentration or memory lapses. Over time, these issues worsen with increasing forgetfulness and confusion about people, places, dates and times. Another sym...
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Coping Strategies for Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, people experience a gradual loss of memory along with a slow decline in cognitive and reasoning skills. At the outset, this can be frustrating and challenging, as forgetfulness increases and tasks that were once routine become harder to manage. But some simple coping tips and strategies can help with daily tasks and extend the opportunity to live an enga...
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Nutrition Tips for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Nutrition Tips for Alzheimer's
Getting proper nutrition can be a challenge for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s patients may lose track of their mealtimes and skip meals or they may simply eat or drink less than they used to. People with Alzheimer’s also experience difficulties with eating as cognitive functioning declines. They may forget how to use utensils, not recognize some food...
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Can Sleep Disorders Lead to Alzheimer’s?

Sleeping Senior Couple
Sleep problems are familiar to Alzheimer’s patients and those who care for them. The experience of sleep disorders is quite common for individuals with Alzheimer’s. What has not been entirely clear is which comes first: Alzheimer’s disease or the related sleep disorders. Experts have suspected that areas of the brain responsible for regulating sleep are damaged in individuals with Alzheimer’s, ...
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High Blood Sugar Levels May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

Sugar Cubes and Spoon
It is well known that having too much sugar in the blood for long periods can lead to hyperglycemia which can contribute to increased risks of organ damage, heart attack and stroke, vision problems, and diabetes complications. Scientists have also known that people with diabetes are at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease but the connection between the two remained unclear. Researcher...
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Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Brain Scans
We typically view Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia as a condition affecting older people. This is generally true. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, of the over 5 million people in the United States affected by Alzheimer’s disease, about 95% are 65 years and older. But this means that nearly 5% of people with Alzheimer’s are diagnosed at a younger age, in their 50s, 40s and, ...
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Impaired Speech Processing Ability May Signal Early Dementia

Woman and Hearing Aid
Most of us associate the onset of dementia with increasing forgetfulness and other memory issues. But a recent study finds that hearing and communications problems could also indicate early dementia. A joint research effort by Baycrest Health Sciences and the University of Memphis found that by using an electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure activity in brain regions that process speech, signs o...
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Pleasant Mealtimes Can Help Alzheimer’s Care

Lunch outside at Monroe
People with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia often experience challenges with healthy eating and drinking. Problems may initially arise from forgetfulness about mealtimes, but difficulties increase as the disease progresses. Patients can experience appetite loss due to declining interest in food or effects from medications. They may have increasing difficulty using utensils, fin...
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Challenges with Challenging Behaviors

Lonely senior man feeling very sad
By Galina Markovich Director, Millennium Memory Care Dementia care is becoming ever more needed in an increasing variety of settings including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, boarding homes, rehab centers and of course, in the homes of friends and neighbors. It is crucial to understand what the best care setting is for someone with behavioral dementia. In my support groups, I...
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How the MIND Diet Feeds the Brain

Fruits and Veg
You may already be aware that your lifestyle and dietary choices can help contribute to good health and better quality of life as you age. But did you know that eating or avoiding certain foods can lead to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s by a whopping 53%? A recent study from Rush University demonstrated that subjects who stuck to a specific food plan – the MIND diet – experienced up to a 53% red...
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