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Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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.

Caregiver Support for Dementia Patients

Helping Families Bond with Caregivers in Our Memory Support Households

March 25, 2014

Caregiver Support for Dementia Patients

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.

Adult Day Care Activities

Adult day health programs improve quality of life for seniors

February 13, 2014

Adult Day Care Activities

At our adult day health programs, older adults socialize with their peers while participating in a wide variety of activities. And if nursing care is needed, it’s readily available.

Think of the alternatives. 

What is Advanced Dementia?

February 6, 2014

What is Advanced Dementia?

What is “Advanced Dementia”?

Although there are different causes for dementia, all types of dementia get worse over time. Advanced dementia refers to the final stage of the disease. The final stage comes at different times for everyone. On average, patients reach the advanced stage of dementia anywhere from 3-6 years after they are first diagnosed. The length of time people live with the advanced stage is also different for everyone and can range from months to years.

What are typical features of a patient with advanced dementia?

Alzheimer's and the Holidays

Bringing Meaning to the Holidays for a Loved-One with Alzheimer’s

November 27, 2013

Alzheimer's and the Holidays

Oh the holidays – how we look forward to them with anticipated joy! And then reality hits when even the best laid plans don’t quite go as expected. Guests are late to dinner or don’t show up at all. The turkey is over cooked – under cooked. Your teen-aged children are finding “themselves.”  And, the grandparents – well, they are changing as well.

Delirium in the Elderly

New grant will improve understanding of delirium in older adults

November 14, 2013

Delirium in the Elderly

Delirium in the elderly is a serious, under-recognized and often fatal condition that affects between 25-60 percent of older hospital patients. Although scientists have made progress toward predicting, treating and preventing delirium, there is still a great deal of work to be done.

Talking with HSL Geriatrician Dr. Ruth Kandel

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October 31, 2013

HSL Geriatrician Dr. Ruth Kandel

Dr. Ruth Kandel, a geriatrician at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, specializes in memory loss, dementia and cognitive changes in aging. We recently spoke about the rewards and challenges of her work.

What made you decide to specialize in geriatrics?