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Alzheimer’s and Dementia

10 Tips for Coping with Repetitive Behaviors Brought on by Alzheimer’s Disease

May 20, 2015

10 Tips for Coping with Repetitive Behaviors Brought on by Alzheimer’s Disease

My father is in the moderate severe stage of Alzheimer’s disease. I am fortunate that, at least for now, he is able to remain at home where he is well cared for by my mother. But despite the fact that my Mom has ample respite during the week, I am well aware that, at times, caregiving can be overwhelming and frustrating.

Catering the Alzheimer’s Buddies Alzheimer’s Symposium

Our director of culinary services shares his experience

May 13, 2015

Catering the Alzheimer’s Buddies Alzheimer’s Symposium

I had a chance to sit down with Misha Shtivelman, director of Culinary and Nutrition Services at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, and talk about the Harvard College Alzheimer’s Buddies Symposium.

Memory Care Living: Redefining “Living Space”

April 8, 2015

Memory Care Living: Redefining “Living Space”

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times.

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: Complementary and Alternative Therapies

March 11, 2015

Living with Dementia: Complementary and Alternative Therapies

As dementia progresses, brain cells are damaged, causing cognitive symptoms to worsen. While current medications cannot stop disease progression, they may help lessen or stabilize symptoms for a time by boosting certain chemicals involved in carrying messages among the brain's nerve cells. However, these drugs have unwanted side effects, or have little effect in some individuals.

Living with Dementia: When a Loved One Wanders

Tips to prevent critical wandering for caregivers

February 5, 2015

Living with Dementia: When a Loved One Wanders

Adults with dementia often feel compelled to walk about. This behavior has routinely been called “wandering” by clinicians, researchers and informal caregivers. About 60 percent of adults with dementia will experience wandering, which most commonly occurs in the middle or later stages of dementia. Wandering can be prompted by a desire to look for something or someone, such as a family member or friend, or by a need to fulfill a former obligation such as going to work.

Choosing a specialist for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease

January 8, 2015

Choosing a specialist for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia, is a chronic brain disease characterized by the progressive deterioration of memory, language, visual perception and activities of daily living.

If you have a loved one with memory problems, it’s important to see a clinician who has expertise in Alzheimer’s to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. That may be the patient’s primary care physician, or the PCP may refer you to a specialist. Neurologists and geriatricians are two types of specialists who diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease.

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.

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