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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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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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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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Warning Signs for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

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With so much misinformation surrounding the conditions of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, it can be difficult to sort fact from fiction. If your loved one is getting more and more forgetful, is it just a normal part of aging or is it a sign of Alzheimer’s? If your loved one is becoming increasingly withdrawn socially, is this an indication of dementia, or could it be something else? Some beha...
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The Stages of Alzheimer’s

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When an aging loved one starts getting forgetful, misplacing things or repeating questions, you might begin to wonder if this could be an indication of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. It is possible that these lapses are simply a normal part of aging or possibly signs of a mild cognitive impairment unrelated to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. If these behaviors are a concern to you or your loved...
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Alzheimer’s and Communication Challenges

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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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