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Is There a Link Between Sleep and Dementia?

June 24, 2015

Is There a Link Between Sleep and Dementia?

It is well known that individuals with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease experience disrupted sleep-wake cycles, frequently sleeping during the day and wakeful at night. However, there is new evidence that poor sleep may actually contribute to the onset, and be an early symptom of, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Living with Dementia: Buyer beware when it comes to preventative “Brain Games”

April 2, 2015

Living with Dementia: Buyer beware when it comes to preventative “Brain Games”

There is a growing interest in cognitive training as a means to help maintain cognition in healthy adults, and perhaps slow the progression of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease in those at risk. Given that a cure for Alzheimer’s appears years away, and with the record number of adults reaching age 65 each day, there is no surprise that that the growth of the cognitive training industry over the last decade is in the billions of dollars.

Living with Dementia: Where to turn for information and resources

December 3, 2014

Dementia resources and information

It seems that there has been an explosion of books, websites, and blogs related to Alzheimer’s disease. While getting as much information out there as possible seems a good idea, the question remains, what is worth reading? And how do you know if the information is legitimate. As always, consider the source. In general, government-sponsored websites end in “.gov” and nationally recognized organizations that end in “.org” are often your best bets for timely, accurate information. As for blogs, it is important to take any advice with a grain of salt, so to speak.

The Benefits of Memory Cafés for Adults with Dementia

November 26, 2014

The Benefits of Memory Cafés for Adults with Dementia

HSL resident:  “I’m not sure why I am here.  What’s happening right now?”

Social Worker: “This is a special program for people experiencing some challenges with their memory.  We have a wonderful afternoon planned”.

HSL resident: “I don’t think I’m having memory issues, but you can tell me if I’m wrong.”

Social Worker: “Well, do you ever have trouble remembering people’s names?”

HSL resident nods and smiles.

Social Worker: “Then you should come join us.”

HSL resident:  “Okay, I’m in!!”

Alzheimer's Disease Prevention and Treatment

Takeaways from July’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference

October 7, 2014

Alzheimer's Disease Prevention and Treatment

This past July I had the opportunity to join colleagues from across the globe as we convened in Copenhagen Denmark for the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Nearly 4,500 professionals representing organizations both large and small, from every corner of the globe, were in attendance. It’s always a great feeling to come together as one in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

Living with Dementia: The Habilitation Therapeutic Method

October 2, 2014

The Habilitation Therapeutic Method

At Hebrew SeniorLife, all of our direct care staff are trained in the “habilitation therapeutic method” when caring for clients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Habilitation was developed in 1996 by Paul Raia and Joanne Koenig-Coste of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and has been successfully implemented in a variety of care settings nation-wide.

Living with Dementia: Embracing Humor

Is laughter the “best medicine” for those with dementia?

August 7, 2014

Living with Dementia: Embracing Humor

My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about five years ago and while there have been many “unfunny” moments (like the day he decided to go for a walk to Foxboro Center at 4 o’clock in the morning in the middle of November). I have found that the use of laughter and humor not only helps me to keep my sanity, but it also seems to help him.

Understanding Behavioral Changes Caused by Dementia

July 23, 2014

Understanding Behavioral Changes Caused by Dementia

Behavioral changes can be one of the most difficult aspects of caring for someone with dementia. Up to 90% of people with dementia exhibit some form of upsetting behavior over the course of their illness. Examples of these dementia behaviors, known collectively as Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD), include:

Living with Dementia: 5 Reasons to Seek Early Diagnosis

July 8, 2014

5 Reasons to Seek Early Dementia Diagnosis

Dementia is one of the most feared health conditions, especially in older adults. Adults with early signs of dementia and their families are often reluctant to seek advice. In fact, more than half of adults with dementia go undiagnosed.

Celebrating Passover with Dementia

Use these tips to plan a dementia-friendly Passover or Easter celebration

April 8, 2014

Celebrating Passover with Dementia

The Easter and Passover holidays provide not only an opportunity to reconnect with our faith, but also a time to enjoy delicious meals and spend time with family and friends. For adults experiencing cognitive changes due to dementia, however, holidays can be stressful. Changes in routine are difficult for persons with dementia.  Care partners can become distracted by worrying about protecting their loved one’s everyday routines at events that are anything but routine.

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