How Alzheimer’s Emerged From The Shadows

A new movement aims to break the silence over a little understood disease  I remember my grandmother’s descent into dementia. Senile dementia, we called it then. The grandma I had known — never less than immaculately coiffed and dressed, a shrewd and knowledgeable collector of antiques, and a baker of puddings so sublime I can […]

A Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

The isolated village of Hogewey lies on the outskirts of Amsterdam in the small town of Wheesp. Dubbed “Dementia Village” by CNN Hogewey is a cutting-edge elderly-care facility—roughly the size of 10 football fields—where residents are given the chance to live seemingly normal lives. With only 152 inhabitants, it’s run like a more benevolent version […]

Caregiving is Tougher Than Tough

“Caregivers are everyday heroes, and they shouldn’t have to undertake this journey alone.” Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. Through research with male caregivers, marketing professionals have unearthed the insight that being a caregiver requires a unique kind of strength—like stoicism and inner fortitude—that goes beyond the traditional expectations of male toughness.  […]

Alzheimer’s And The Holidays

Demands increase during the holidays, while resources — personal and financial — may be in shorter supply. Here are the insiders’ tips to help you navigate the season, keep your balance, manage expectations-and really enjoy the celebrations, however modest, with your loved one. Survival tips: 1. Reduce expectations. Instead of trying to maintain all of […]

Marriage and Dementia

Your spouse may drive you crazy at times, but new research suggests that your marriage may keep you from losing your mind. The risk of dementia was significantly lower for married people than for adults who remained single their entire lives. That’s not say that people should get married simply to ward off dementia. But […]

What if you knew Alzheimer’s was coming for you?

A recent article in the New York times reports that simple blood tests may soon reveal alarming news about your cognitive health. Today, finding out whether dangerous plaques are building up in your brain requires either a PET scan at a cost of about $4,000 or a spinal tap. And while genetic tests can help […]

Can Dogs Make a Difference in Dementia Care

Dogs love routine. People with dementia have difficulty with routine, everyday activities. Roughly a dozen years ago, two people had the idea to put them together. When Israeli social worker Daphna Golan-Shemesh met professional dog trainer Yariv Ben-Yosef, they chatted about their respective occupations. As Ben-Yosef recalled, “It was clear to us that Daphna’s expertise […]

The Facts About Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

If you can’t remember where you left your keys, join the crowd.  If you can’t remember what your keys are for, that’s another story. There’s a prevailing misconception that Dementia is a normal part of aging – but it isn’t. Not a specific disease, dementia is a group of conditions characterized by impairment of at […]

Look Into My Eyes – Detecting Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Romantics say that you can see a person’s soul by looking into his or her eyes. Apparently, you also can see whether they eventually will develop Alzheimer’s disease.The same biomarkers that accumulate in the brain — proteins called beta-amyloids that clump together into sticky “plaque” that are the signs of Alzheimer’s disease — appear in […]

Focus on Creating Positive Emotions More Than Memories

Everyone loves to celebrate a birthday – even those with dementia can enjoy it. If someone has trouble with short-term memory, they’re apt to quickly forget the “party.” At OPICA our focus is to create a simple celebration that produces a positive and happy vibe. Positive emotions can linger for days in someone with dementia, […]