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Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

November 15, 2018

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Are you worried about Alzheimer’s disease? Its effects on you or your loved ones? And what about dementia? That’s a pretty scary term, too.
 

The MIND Diet

October 17, 2018

The MIND Diet

Since researchers have not yet determined what causes Alzheimer’s disease, you may be wondering if there is anything we can do to prevent it?

The answer is YES. RUSH University nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, ScD, and colleagues’ research has shown a link between nutrition and the role it may play to prevent or delay the onset of dementia decline. One of the studies showed the benefits of the MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) on cognition – it included 960 participants with an average age of 81. The research analyzed food frequency and cognition scores over 10 years. Those on the MIND diet scored being 7.5 years younger cognitively!

Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics in Treatment of Patients with Dementia

September 25, 2018

Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics in Treatment of Patients with Dementia

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that antipsychotic medication is overprescribed for patients with dementia. Antipsychotic medications were created years ago to treat serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia. Over time, these drugs came into use to treat dementia patients with symptoms that put them and others at risk, including physically aggressive behavior and wandering.

However, research shows these drugs are not effective for most dementia behaviors, and can cause unnecessary and sometimes dangerous side effects. Experts agree that all dementia patients on antipsychotics should have their medical plans reviewed, since some patients may benefit from either reducing or stopping the medication.

"Music and Memory" Services Comfort Patients with Dementia

New research is confirming and expanding an idea long held by those who work with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients: music has a way of invoking memory.

March 27, 2018

How many times have you heard a song and gotten a strange sense of déjà vu? With even just a few notes played, you are reminded of people, places, and events you may not have thought about for years. New research is confirming and expanding an idea long held by those who work with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients: music has a way of invoking memory.   

An Alzheimer’s Diagnosis and the Importance of Family Support

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia affects the entire family

January 31, 2018

Getting the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease today is much like what getting a cancer diagnosis used to be for some people: devastating, often debilitating, and leaving one not knowing who to tell or where to turn. Years ago when I was a nurse, some patients didn’t want their families to know they had cancer. While cancer patients have gotten braver about their need for support and advocating for treatments and cures, many individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease still fear the stigma…and the confusion over what to do next.

Living with Dementia: Anne’s Indelible Spirit

November 30, 2017

Anne is a memory care patient in long-term chronic care at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Roslindale. To learn more about our memory care offerings, please click here.

Families personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are robbed of many things others take for granted, but though speech and other faculties may decline, a person’s light and spirit are indelible. Now living with advanced dementia, Anne radiates kindness and warmth and is a valued member of our community. See her story. 

A Person-Centered Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment: A Conversation with Geriatric Psychiatrist Dr. Gary Epstein-Lubow

We spoke with Dr. Epstein-Lubow about professional development, his vision for memory care treatment at HSL, and why person-centered care is the right approach to treat Alzheimer’s disease

September 19, 2017

Dr. Epstein-Lubow at Hebrew SeniorLife.

Tell us about your vision for the center of excellence for Alzheimer’s disease and memory care. Who will it serve and how?

Meaning through the Arts: Expressive Therapy at Assisted Living NewBridge

A conversation with Leticia Prieto Alvarez, longtime Hebrew SeniorLife music therapist and Memory Care Program Manager at Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles

July 19, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife Music Therapist Leticia Prieto Alvarez

You’ve been with Hebrew SeniorLife for several years. Can you share a little about your background and your career at HSL?

I came to Boston from Spain on a Fulbright scholarship to do a masters-level viola performance degree at New England Conservatory. In Boston, I discovered the incredible world of music therapy and the field fascinated me. I found that the combination of science and art was a calling and a home for me in a way I never experienced as a performer or teacher. I then earned a second master’s degree in expressive art therapy at Lesley University and became a licensed mental health counselor.

Hebrew SeniorLife Memory Café Expands to Boston-area Residents

Working with local institutions to grow the memory café experience

September 7, 2016

Residents from across the campus come together to make the Memory Café a success. An IL resident poses with Multigenerational Program Director Lynda Bussgang (R) and her dog.

When Alzheimer’s disease becomes part of a marriage, or a family, caregivers can usually find resources to support the member facing memory loss or to support the family caregiver seeking peer connections and information. Yet, until the last few years, there wasn’t much designed to support the evolving spousal or parent/child relationship itself. All that changed with the advent of the “Memory Café” concept in the Netherlands, a unique model of social programming designed as a welcoming place for caregivers and their loved ones with memory loss to relax together in a stigma-free environment that offers both socialization and support.

E-book Brings Hebrew SeniorLife Dementia Resources Together

August 11, 2016

E-book Brings Hebrew SeniorLife Dementia Resources Together

As a nonprofit leader in the field of aging, focusing on senior living communities, health care, teaching and research, Hebrew SeniorLife possesses a wealth of expertise and a broad range of services to support families facing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. To meet the growing demand for information, we have compiled some of our most useful dementia-specific knowledge into one resource: a new e-book entitled “Understanding and Living with Dementia: A Resource for Families.”

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