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Millennium Memory Care Celebrates 5th Anniversary

In November of 2013, Millennium Memory Care (MMC) began construction of a new memory care residence in Monroe, New Jersey for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Now the business has grown to include 3 additional locations and the management is pleased to be celebrating the company’s 5th anniversary. Since inception, MMC had a decidedly different approach to memory care. The Monroe location op...
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Challenges with Challenging Behaviors  

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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 frequently meet caregivers who ask this very question. Many ...
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Psychiatric Care or the Right Care?

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In my 25 years of practice with geriatric populations suffering from dementia, I have learned that patience, proper timing of medications, close observation of immediate needs and an individualized approach are the keys to success in managing difficult cases of dementia. Families often ask me how we can manage 16 residents in one home, especially with so many having advanced dementia and exhibitin...
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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, 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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Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Music

Music is an important part of our lives. We often associate certain sounds and music with significant events or personal milestones. A familiar piece of music can evoke vivid recollections and strong emotions. Music can make us feel euphoric, thoughtful or even melancholy. We are, in fact, highly musical beings. The auditory system in our brains is the first to fully function. Music and sounds ...
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Can Improving Hearing Impact Cognitive Health?

Hearing and Memory Loss
A slow loss of hearing ability is generally viewed as a normal and accepted part of aging. It is an unfortunate reality many of us will face as we get older. About two-thirds of Americans experience some hearing loss by the time they reach their 70s. It is perceived to be so inevitable that many do not seek any treatment or remedy for hearing loss. In fact, less than 15-20 percent of people diagno...
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