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Soothing Frustration for People with Dementia

All of us, including those with dementia, have a desire to maintain control over our lives. For people with dementia, this desire becomes increasingly difficult to navigate and often leads to frustration and anger. As CAREgivers we have the potential to comfort frustration in our loved ones. Understanding a few facts about dementia will contribute […]

7 iPad Apps for Dementia Clients

People with dementia can often make great use of touchscreen devices like iPads. Many “Apps” for these devices involve tactile and very simple to use interactions to play games and engage in activities that support memory. We thought it would be helpful to introduce you to a few… they really can change the quantity and […]

Managing Aggressive Behaviors in People with Dementia

It is essential that families understand why aggression in people with dementia arises and what to do to reduce frustration. UCLA psychologist Linda Ercoli, PhD empowers CAREgivers with a thorough explanation of the common causes of verbal and physically aggressive behavior in people with advancing dementia. Dr. Ercoli explains that aggression in people with dementia is […]

Does Talk Therapy Help Dementia?

At this year’s International Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), the University of Exeter presented their findings from a large-scale trial for Goal-oriented Cognitive Rehabilitation. In the study, participants in early-stage Alzheimer’s or related dementia from eight care facilities in England and Wales partook of cognitive rehabilitation therapy. These participants showed significant improvement in cognitive abilities. […]

Why does music memory outlast most other memories?

For many with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, recalling the name of a loved one is often difficult, if not impossible. Yet this group can often recall the lyrics to many songs. Why does music memory outlast most other memories? According to research, the long-term memory that stores music still exists for people with dementia, and is […]

Dementia Starts in Childhood

The medical journal Lancet reports that at least 35% of seniors who suffer memory loss have exposures to harms as early as birth and that if we resolve these harms we can preserve independence and dignity for magnitudes of people. The Los Angeles Times published an article July 20, 2017, that proposes more than 1 in […]

Why Meditation Works for Self-CARE

According to research, meditation is the antidote for chronic stress. Meditation on a regular basis resolves many of the emotional and biological consequences of prolonged stress, like that experienced by most CAREgivers. Research constantly demonstrates that meditating produces activity in the brain that results in decreased anxiety and depression, and increased tolerance for pain.  These […]

The Link Between Chronic Pain & Dementia

The New York Times reports that there may be a link between chronic pain and increased risk of dementia. The June 2017 article gives details about a research project that involved 10,065 people over age 62, who suffered from “persistent pain,” which participants defined as being moderate or severe pain. All participants had their health […]

Why Early Detection Matters

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Until recently, Alzheimer’s was primarily diagnosed after death. Today, researchers consistently seek to improve treatments that can slow the progression of the disease, but these treatments are made available only after detection of the disease has been accomplished. While Alzheimer’s is known to have seven stages, the first and […]

6 Things People with Alzheimer’s Wish You Knew

“I enjoy the same things I used to…” While people with dementia forget facts, they can often remember and enjoy many activities including drawing, painting, dancing, yoga, meditation, matching games and even story telling. Activities that engage the minds of people with dementia often give them a sense of meaning and purpose. Family members and […]