Posts in the Alzheimer's and Dementia category
Understanding the Three D's: Dementia, Delirium and Depression - For Health Care Professionals
Join us Wednesday, March 31 from 1pm - 2:30pm EST.
Heather McKay, PhD, OT/L, dementia care specialist, will present Understanding the Three D's: Dementia, Delirium and Depression." Awareness of the "three Ds" and a willingness to investigate a variety of causes will facilitate improved treatment of outcome for any patient with confusion or an altered mental status. Keep Reading
Understanding Vascular Dementia
Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia. It's referred to by some as a... Keep Reading
6 Socially Distanced Winter Activities for Seniors
Winter is here, and some of us are already experiencing those colder temperatures. As even chillier... Keep Reading
Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease
Receiving an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis can leave many family members and loved ones... Keep Reading
The Power of Music in Caregiving (Senior Outlook Today)
Steve Toll, care enhancement specialist and musician, talks about how music triggers memories, not only of the song and the performer, but also how we were feeling at the time we heard it, the people we were with and the events that were happening. Keep Reading
Robot Pets Make Good Companions for Seniors
Like shelter and food, companionship is one of the most important necessities in life. Having... Keep Reading
The Benefits of Singing
By Steve Toll, care enhancement specialist   When I was a kid, my mother would play the... Keep Reading
The Impact of Music on Our Memories
By Steve Toll, care enhancement specialist   I will never forget the first time I saw... Keep Reading
The "Music Man" of COVID-19
Steve Toll sings tunes from the 30s to the 60s in a quest to connect with seniors and those living with dementia through music and conversation. When COVID-19 hit, Steve started getting on Facebook daily to help engage and connect with seniors who are sheltering-in-place. Keep Reading
Virtual Reality: Not Just for the Young
We usually associate the latest technology with the young, but in the case of virtual reality (VR),... Keep Reading
How You Can Emotionally and Mentally Support Older Adults During the COVID-19 Outbreak
During this period of social and physical distancing, it can be challenging for people to stay... Keep Reading
The Connection Between Dementia and Loneliness
We all feel lonely from time to time. Indeed, loneliness may actually help us to experience... Keep Reading
Helping a Person With Dementia Live at Home Longer
According to a study by AARP most older adults want to continue living at home. Under the right conditions, people living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia can stay at home until the end of life, enjoying the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. Keep Reading
Dementia, Home Safety and Medications
Older adults can be harmed at home due to inadvertently taking too much medication. This risk... Keep Reading
Bicycle Built for Two: Memories of Summer Love
Almost every morning during my summer vacations as a kid, my parents and I would ride together on the boardwalk along the New Jersey shore. Keep Reading
Cooking Up a Great Relationship
There is nothing more satisfying than a home-cooked meal with friends and family. I have some fond memories of watching my mother prepare the family meal and smelling the delightful aromas that made my mouth water. I could not help sneaking a taste when Mom wasn’t looking. Of course, Mom knew exactly what I was doing, and she started to encourage my tasting behavior. She also started to ask me to help her with meal preparations and as I became more involved, asking questions, tasting and making flavor adjustments, I was learning to cook and having a lot of fun. Keep Reading
Problem Gambling and Older Adults
When I would visit my grandma at her retirement community, I would watch the parade of little white busses shuttling residents from one day-trip to the next. Keep Reading
Creating a Safe Environment for Aging Loved Ones
According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety is the second tier of the pyramid just above the need for food and water. It is defined as “protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.” When we think of creating a safe environment for our loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the focus tends to be on elements of the physical environment that may be dangerous, but we often overlook the psychological aspects of feeling safe. Keep Reading
Surprising Information About Dementia and Memory Loss
The term "memory loss" is commonly used as a shorthand for dementia, especially in regard to Alzheimer's disease where memory loss is a prominent feature. However, did you know that not all types of dementia include significant memory loss? Did you know some types of memory may remain more intact than others? Keep Reading
Dementia and Challenging Behavior
When people think of “dementia,” it is natural to next think “memory loss.” What we may not be prepared for is how other behaviors can change and even become difficult to manage. In fact, it is these challenging behaviors that families report as more troublesome than memory loss. Keep Reading

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