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Posts Tagged ‘dementia’

Repeating Questions: 5 Ways to Respond to a Loved One With Alzheimer’s

When a loved one with Alzheimer’s begins repeating questions, it can be really hard to know how to respond. Do you remind them that they already heard the answer? Should you change the subject? If the answer to the question is a painful one, should you answer honestly or not? If you’re a caregiver, close…

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Including Loved Ones with Dementia in Family Events

June is here and that means weddings, graduations, commencements and a host of other happy events. If you have loved ones with dementia, though, the excitement can be mixed with a lot of apprehension. How can we successfully include them in all the excitement? Unfortunately, there are no easy answers. Alzheimer’s and dementia present differently…

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Occupational Therapy for Dementia: Can It Help?

When most people think of occupational therapy (OT), they usually associate it with either children or stroke survivors. In recent years, though, occupational therapy for dementia patients has been gaining a lot of traction. And with good reason. Occupational therapists can make a huge difference in the quality of life for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s…

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Why Art Therapy for Seniors is Worth a Try

In recent years, retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and places of worship across the country have begun to offer art therapy for seniors. If you’re in that age bracket and you’re reading this, though, you might be thinking that the last thing you need right now is another kind of therapy. What can art…

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5 Games for Memory Skills

As we grow older, memory skills and cognitive functioning become real issues. While speech therapy and occupational therapy are crucial, there’s something you can do between sessions to keep your brain active. It’s fun and you can do it either by yourself or with someone else, whether you live at home or in a retirement…

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Dementia and Sleep Disturbances: How You Can Help

Dementia comes with many distressing symptoms that increase in severity as the disease progresses. This involves depression and apathy, reduced concentration, and loss of inability to do everyday tasks. When you’re the family caregiver of a loved one with dementia, these symptoms are all too familiar to you. One of the hardest challenges you may…

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Separating Fact and Fiction in Alzheimer’s Disease

Have you ever looked all over your house for your glasses only to realize that you’re wearing them? Or have you ever gone to write down something and as soon as you got paper and pen you forgot what you wanted to write? No need to worry; these do not mean that you are getting…

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11 Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Seniors with dementia tend to withdraw from their loved ones and the things they used to love. But studies show staying engaged in life can help reduce the effects of dementia and improve quality of life. Here at Bridgeway’s outstanding memory care unit, we know how important it is to keep seniors with dementia active.…

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June: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Bridgeway Senior Living joins The Alzheimer’s Association in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and brain health. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and it’s become more and more common over the years. An estimated 5.7 million Americans have the disease, costing billions of dollars. Alzheimer’s is rapidly topping the list of fatal diseases,…

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The Healing Power of Humor

You know how you often feel better after a good laugh? It turns out there’s more to it than just the good humor. Science says laughter and humor can actually generate health and well-being. Scientists actually research the effect of laughter on different physiological responses, and here’s what they’ve found: Humor may boost your immune…

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