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Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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.

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: 7 Dementia Facts that Dispel Myths

September 4, 2014

7 Dementia Facts that Dispel Myths

There are many myths surrounding dementia that can obscure our understanding of the issues facing our loved ones who suffer from dementia diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Here are a few to ponder…

MYTH #1 Dementia is a normal occurrence in aging.

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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