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Tax Write-Offs for Long Term Care Facilities

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The IRS issued the following tax rules on long-term care services and insurance in early 1997. For this year, the following rules apply. Please check with your tax preparer for details. 2018 Publication 502 IRS Topic 502 – Medical and Dental Expenses If you itemize your deductions for a taxable year on Form 1040, Schedule…

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Speak To The Heart

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We often do things that are seemingly minute to us, but these things can mean a great deal to others. Imagine that you have Alzheimer’s or dementia. Little by little your memory fades away. Not only would you forget how to do things like use the microwave and cook, but you forget your family and…

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How Sleep Affects Memory

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We’re all familiar with that sluggish feeling after a bad night’s sleep. Now researchers believe sleep disturbances spark changes in the brain that may lead to dementia, according to a new study. The key to this connection is low oxygen in the blood during sleep. The culprit? Conditions that interrupt breathing—like sleep apnea or emphysema,…

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Quick Latke Recipe for the Holidays!

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Happy Holidays from the Kitchen Staff! We are introducing our Winter menu for 2018-2019 with a few new recipes and a couple of old favorites. One thing we will be working on is to have wonderful potato Latkes for breakfast with scrambled eggs, sour cream and apples. Here is an easy recipe that substitutes frozen…

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Scientists reveal plan to target the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease

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Researchers and academics at the University of Cambridge and at Lund University have researched and devised the first ever strategy to target the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease, which could eventually lead to the development of new treatments and drugs that can be used to treat similarly devastating diseases such as dementia. Their findings are reported in…

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Brain Games and Mental Health:
How Seniors Can Avoid Dementia

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Recent research suggests that computer games that train the brain can help prevent Alzheimer’s and general dementia. A study from the University of South Florida found that older people who used a brain training game consistently over a 10 year period were 29% less likely to to develop dementia compared to those who did not…

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Benefits of Art and Music for Those With Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you want to make sure they have all of the best in care, of course. However, there is more to think about than just primary care–you want to help your loved one live the best life possible. One of the best ways to improve quality of life…

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Tips and Strategies for Bathing People With Alzheimer’s

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When someone has Alzheimer’s, many activities of daily living become more difficult or less important to them, even more than with normal aging. One of these main activities is bathing. If someone with Alzheimer’s won’t bathe, it becomes the caregiver’s role to assist with this personal care activity. But since the person may no longer…

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Sundowning: Causes, Symptoms, Solutions

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Sundowning is a common condition that can affect older people with dementia. Knowing what sundowning is, how to identify the symptoms and what to do to help your loved one can help make life easier and more enjoyable for everyone. What is Sundowning? The term “sundowning” refers to a personality change that commonly affects people…

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Grow a Garden of Benefits:
Gardening for Those with Dementia

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Tranquility, exercise, and vitamin D are some of the top benefits of gardening. These benefits and countless others will enhance the daily life of your loved one living with dementia. According to Alzheimers.net, gardening is one of the top activities which should be included in a Montessori Method to caring for someone with dementia. This…

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