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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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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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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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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Pleasant Mealtimes Can Help Alzheimer’s Care

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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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Alzheimer’s May Improve Creative Skills

Art Therapy at Holmdel
An interesting new study by researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) confirms what those who care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients have long observed. “Our study shows that individuals with dementia can display new creative behaviors and skills despite also experiencing the cognitive and functional decline that is typical of dementia,” says lead author Associate Professor...
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Respite Help and Care for Caregivers 

Being a caregiver to someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be extremely rewarding. It can also be incredibly stressful. But many caregivers hesitate to admit they need help. Often, caregivers of an elderly parent or spouse hide their depression, frustration, and feelings of being overwhelmed. It doesn’t have to be this way.  It is normal to both want to take care of a loved one, yet still f...
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Hallucinations and Delusions with Alzheimer’s and Dementia 

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People with Alzheimer’s and dementia often experience hallucinations and delusions. This can be confusing and scary. It is important for caregivers to understand what they are, why they are happening, and how they can help.   Hallucinations are sensory based. When someone is having hallucinations they are hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, or even feeling things that do not exist. For instance...
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Coping with Behavioral Changes in Alzheimer’s Patients

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Most of us associate Alzheimer’s disease with the well-known and tragic symptoms of forgetfulness, mental confusion and memory loss. Certainly, early signs of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can include memory impairment, confusion, social withdrawal, disorientation and difficulty with words and communicating. Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die which results in impaired memor...
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A Creative Therapeutic Approach That Truly Works!

Pet Therapy at MMC
By Galina Markovich Director, Millennium Memory Care November 1st, 2019 was a milestone in the story of Millennium Memory Care (MMC). It was on that day that we celebrated MMC’s six-year anniversary. When we began, we initially just accepted residents with different types of dementia. But as I saw that more and more people were sent to psychiatric hospitals from other facilities, I decided...
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