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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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Impaired Speech Processing Ability May Signal Early Dementia

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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

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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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Challenges with Challenging Behaviors

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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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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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Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Wandering 

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Of all the issues facing someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, perhaps the most dangerous is wandering. Understanding the potential warning signs of those at risk, the causes and preventative actions, can help keep your loved one safe.  There are five main reasons someone may wander.   Stress or fear. When someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is uncomfortable or does not understand what is...
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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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Alzheimer’s May Improve Creative Skills

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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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