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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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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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Are You Suffering from Caregiver Burnout?

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Caring for someone with dementia can be very hands-on and intensive. When you are the primary caretaker for someone with Alzheimers or other dementia, it is easy to slide into burnout without realizing it. Caregiver burnout is physical, emotional, and mental fatigue that is often accompanied by a change in attitude. Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout…

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Engaging Gardens Engage People with Dementia

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Among the recent happenings at Primrose this spring were improvements we made to our French kitchen garden, which included the addition of beautiful new, raised beds for our herbs, vegetables, and flowers. In addition to having the practical application of allowing our cooks to prepare meals using our own fresh, hand-picked vegetables, we hope that…

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A Simple Tool for Assessing Dementia:
A Person’s Walking Pace

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Developing accurate and affordable diagnostic tools for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is as important as the scientific studies that seek a medical breakthrough to delay or eliminate the disease. And as Alzheimer’s rates continue to increase around the world in aging populations, the search becomes more urgent to find and develop inexpensive diagnostic tools that…

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Help to Make the Season Bright for Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Families

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The strong imagery of the words that begin the holiday song, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” first recorded by Nat King Cole, include the lyric: “Everybody knows a turkey and some Mistletoe help to make the season bright…” The song is filled with many sentiments that can stir memories during these very family-oriented holidays,…

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Caring for the Caregiver

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It can be difficult to find spare time in your day to care for yourself when you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Programs like Primrose’s Respite and Adult Day Care offer caregivers much-needed breaks from daily care for their loved one. More often than not, however, caregivers use their respite…

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