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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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The Link Between Alzheimer’s and Depression

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Depression can color a person’s whole perception of themselves and the world. This distressing condition is common in early- to middle-stage Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that up to 65 percent of people with dementia suffer from depression at some point in the course of their illness. While it’s not clear whether dementia causes depression,…

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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month – June 2017

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. During this month, the Alzheimer’s Association® requests support from the public as it works to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. As awareness of these diseases increase, more people get involved in efforts to recognize the symptoms and find a cure. About Alzheimer’s &…

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Is it Safe to Drive When You Have Alzheimer’s Disease?

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For most people, driving is a sign of independence they have enjoyed since their youth. It can be difficult for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease to face the possibility that they might lose that sign of independence. With more than five million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s worth asking the question: Is it safe to…

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The Connection Between Sleep Habits and Dementia

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Everyone needs a little extra sleep now and then, but there are times when “sleeping in” can be a sign of illness. If you, or an elderly loved one, are getting more sack time these days, more than nine hours per night, you may be at risk for developing dementia, according to a recent analysis…

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Does Exposure to Pollution Increase Dementia and Alzheimer’s Risk?

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When it comes to decreasing the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, everything from diet to exercise to socialization is considered a defense. While nutrition and regular physical activity are an excellent idea for men and women of any age, a factor that could increase Alzheimer’s risk may actually be lurking closer than you…

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research Updates You Need to Know About

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When you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you are always searching for a glimmer of hope and a new treatment option that might help the person that you love. It’s reassuring to know that there are many medical researchers and professional experts who are devoting their careers and their lives to…

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Coping with the Holidays for Families and Caregivers of Those with Dementia

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While we’d like to believe that the holidays are joyous for all, they can also be quite stressful if you are caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. With a goal of making the holidays as enjoyable as possible for everyone, there are ways to reduce stress for both the loved one and caregiver….

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Simple Ways to Help Seniors Avoid Social Isolation and Stave Off Dementia

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For senior citizens, social isolation and loneliness can quickly become a double-edged sword that robs them of mental acuity and vitality. Decreased social activity is often a contributing factor in the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in seniors. The onset of these conditions can further isolate the elderly because of the new challenges that…

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Turning the Page on Dementia: How Reading Groups Help Bridge the Gap

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As an individual ages, it’s important that he or she maintain social connection and contact with others in order to stay healthy, both mentally and emotionally. One excellent way to forge and keep up connections with peers is through reading groups, particularly for those with challenges like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. There are quite a…

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