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Depression Among Older Adults with Dementia: Double Trouble

The second installment in a three part series on the future of geriatric psychiatry

February 10, 2016

Depression Among Older Adults with Dementia: Double Trouble

Dementia is one of several medical conditions associated with increased rates of depression. Depression in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, occurs in up to 25 percent of patients, and is more frequently diagnosed in patients with mild to moderate AD. Even higher rates of major depression have been linked to dementias associated with Parkinson’s disease and strokes.

Music Therapy Makes a Difference at Hebrew SeniorLife

December 2, 2015

Music Therapy Makes a Difference at Hebrew SeniorLife

Music can transcend words and reach deep into the soul to provide comfort, healing and awakening. Our music therapy program at Hebrew SeniorLife engages even the frailest of seniors in our care, providing a way to engage with the world, increase socialization and improve quality of life. Watch the video below to see the effect music therapy has on our residents. 

Caring for Seniors with Advanced Dementia and Other Terminal Diseases

October 15, 2015

Caring for Seniors with Advanced Dementia and Other Terminal Diseases

With aging there are many diseases that may impact quality of life and lead to eventual death. The end stages of Alzheimer’s disease, or other advanced illnesses can be challenging for patients and their families. At Hebrew SeniorLife we find that family members are looking to doctors and nurses to help their loved ones in what may be the end-stage of life. Palliative care, while similar to hospice, is offered to patients earlier in the disease process and provides specialized medical treatment to manage symptoms. Often times pneumonia, delirium and eating problems accompany the terminal disease, and palliative care can help cope with those complications and improve quality of life for patients.

4 Resources for Family Caregivers

August 27, 2015

4 Resources for Family Caregivers

Taking care of a family member with Alzheimer’s disease and/or a related dementia can be as exhausting as it is meaningful. Both physically and emotionally, caregiving takes a toll that we can all appreciate. Occasional breaks – whether for a few hours, a day, or a week or more – are important in order to recharge. Family caregivers need rest and support in order to continue to provide the best possible care to loved ones.

There are many supports available for family caregivers:

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.

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.

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. We're also adding new Q&As throughout the series that address topics not originally included in our eBook.

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. Given no cure and limited treatment available, it is no surprise that there is high public interest in complementary and alternative therapies when it comes to treating dementia.

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. Some adults with dementia express a desire to “go home” even if they are living comfortably in their own homes.

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