The One-Stop Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The One-Stop Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Author June Andrews, FRCN, is a professor and director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Learn more about her book, “The One-Stop Guide to Dementia,” and her work supporting families, organizations and governments to improve services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and their families. A Guide to […]

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3 Things to Know About Alzheimer’s Power of Attorney

3 Things to Know About Alzheimer’s Power of Attorney

We recently sat down with attorney Brad Sauer, to discuss the execution of end-of-life legal documents for those with Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, many caregivers do not understand the importance of living wills and powers of attorney until it’s too late. Because of the nature of the disease, executing these documents can become an ethical issue […]

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How Buddy Programs Are Affecting Alzheimer’s Patients

How Buddy Programs Are Affecting Alzheimer’s Patients

It’s a statistic that we all know too well. More than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s or a form of dementia, and the number is estimated to triple by 2050. Some universities are responding to these staggering numbers by instituting a “buddy” program, pairing medical students with dementia patients. Learn how the program is […]

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Mind’s Eye Poetry: Rewriting Dementia

Mind’s Eye Poetry: Rewriting Dementia

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Molly Middleton Meyer, founder of Mind’s Eye Poetry – a poetry workshop and organization opening new worlds to people with dementia and their caregivers. Learn more about the story behind Meyer’s organization, her unique  workshops, and how you can get involved with her mission to care for people with […]

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Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Self Employment Tax and Tax Breaks

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Self Employment Tax and Tax Breaks

Workers who perform in-home services for disabled or elderly individuals have special rules when tax time rolls around. But, understanding who the IRS considers the caregiver’s employer is one critical part of these tax rules that confuses many caregivers. If the caregiver employee is a family member, the employer might not owe employment taxes — […]

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10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients

10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients

Dementia can cause seniors to withdraw from activities, family and friends. But maintaining those relationships and interests reduces the effects of severe cognitive impairment, leading to a better quality of life. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease impairs behavior, memory and thought. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s accounts for 50-80% of dementia cases. […]

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Aquatic Exercise for Dementia

Aquatic Exercise for Dementia

Today’s memory care communities strive to engage seniors with Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia on a variety of levels. One way to engage residents and keep them active is through aquatic exercise. More than having fun in the pool, water exercise classes can actually be therapeutic and beneficial for people living with neurodegenerative conditions. […]

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Pros and Cons of Doll Therapy for Alzheimer’s

Pros and Cons of Doll Therapy for Alzheimer’s

Doll therapy is one way Alzheimer’s disease caregivers try to ease anxiety and bring joy to loved ones with dementia. Learn more about how many caregivers have found doll therapy to be a good way to engage loved ones with a purposeful and rewarding activity, while other caregivers and health care providers are hesitant to use […]

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How Positive Environments Dramatically Affect Alzheimer’s

How Positive Environments Dramatically Affect Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease changes how seniors interpret their environment. Names, places and people they know become unfamiliar, leading to disorientation, stress and isolation. But creating a positive environment, conducive to a senior’s comforts and needs, can help reinforce well-being. Creating a Positive Environment for Seniors with Alzheimer’s As the Victorian Department of Health explains, Alzheimer’s makes […]

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