We communicate every day, especially with those we love. It is something that for most of us happens so naturally, effortlessly, that we can take it for granted. For seniors living with the advanced stages of dementia, that is not the case. Typically, most communication almost entirely ceases. For the loved ones around them, this heartbreaking side effect of dementia is a tough one to overcome. How can you connect with a person when you can no longer talk with them?
Historically, 2015 has been one of the biggest years yet for Alzheimer’s research with awareness efforts ramped up from Hollywood and Congress increasing funds by 60% in June. Now, included in a budget proposal an astonishing 50% increase in Alzheimer’s research is expected to pass in Congress before the year-ends.
It’s Thanksgiving again! Millions of families across the country–and expats all over the world for that matter–are preparing themselves for turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, candied yams, and I won’t even mention the desserts! Year after year, it’s the same routine that we all know and love and stress over. That is, of course, until something or someone throws the routine for a loop. The common cause: an aging loved one, who is perhaps no longer the independent, lucid and physically capable person they’ve always been. No worries, you can create an enjoyable "Senior Thanksgiving" that your loved one will always remember.
Keeping activities for the elderly interesting and fun can prove to an enormous challenge for caretakers. Fall is the most nostalgic season, evocative of cool days spent picking apples, carving pumpkins, and walking through the woods. When older adults cannot do extensive amounts of physical activity due to health conditions, there are still a number of seasonal activities they can participate in. Here are just a few ways to celebrate the season and bring the outdoors indoors for your senior.
The use of music therapy activities in senior living communities is known to have positive effects on elderly people suffering from Alzheimer’s and other memory loss issues. Music has power—especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. And it can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease.
Most people associate dementia with Alzheimer's disease. But 1.3 million Americans have another form of dementia called Lewy body dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies. This progressive neurological disorder is named for the Lewy bodies -- tiny deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein -- found in certain areas of the brain. Over time, these proteins accumulate and cause the death of brain cells. This results in impairments in certain cognitive functions, such as memory, language processing, emotions and behavior, as well as control of movement.
The one thing you won’t believe is affected – and we can use it for early detection for Alzheimer's
A new test to detect the onset of Alzheimer’s doesn’t involve memory games, labs, or equipment. All you need is peanut butter. University of Florida researchers have experimented with how Alzheimer’s patients sense of smell changes once the disease progresses, and they think they have figured out a way to tell if there is a chance that the disease may develop. Catching the disease early may allow for better treatment options and a slower progression.
Senior care burnout is quite common especially for providers whose parents or grandparents are unable to take care of themselves. Taking care of an elderly loved one is not always easy, assuming the role of primary provider can take quite a toll physically, mentally and emotionally. There are typically few options available when these circumstances arise, but finding solutions for relief can often times be just as difficult and stressful.