Memory Loss

The Association Between Hearing Loss & Alzheimer’s Disease

The Association Between Hearing Loss & Alzheimer’s Disease

As research on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease has advanced, we have discovered several risk factors that we know can increase a person’s chances of dementia. These include genetics, age, brain injuries and diminish cognitive stimulation, just to name a few. Now, scientists believe there is another risk factor to consider. According to recent studies, loss of hearing may be linked to dementia and indicate a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Effective Ways to Tackle Bath Time Routines and Dementia

Effective Ways to Tackle Bath Time Routines and Dementia

For seniors in the middle to late stages of dementia, what was once a pleasant routine for bathing and self-care can turn into a frustrating chore or, at its worst, uncomfortable, embarrassing torment. As dementia progresses and the ability to complete daily tasks diminishes, something as simple as bathing can become extremely difficult and unpleasant. If the loved one you’re caring for becomes resistant to bathing, you’ll need a plan to tackle bath time challenges in a way that’s safe for both of you.

What Couples Need to Know About Dementia and Communication

What Couples Need to Know About Dementia and Communication

Effective communication is essential to healthy, long-term relationships. When we aren’t able to express our thoughts and share our concerns with those we love, we often feel disconnected from the affection and support we receive through conversation. For those caring for a spouse or partner with dementia, struggling to communicate well has the potential to eat away at the relationship and make caregiving more difficult.

7 Ways Memory Care Teams Accommodate Personal Care

Memory Care Teams Accommodate Personal Care

By the time a loved one reaches the middle to late stages of dementia, many families are starting to consider their options for professional, full-time care in a community setting. Often, the challenges that accompany late-stage memory loss are difficult for a family member to care for on his or her own. Memory care communities offer an ideal solution for providing specialized personal care for loved ones with dementia, as well as peace of mind for families.

7 Ways to Cope with a Parent’s Diagnosis of Dementia

It’s never easy to watch our parents get older and lose the capabilities to do certain tasks independently. It’s even harder for those whose parents have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Not only does this diagnosis guarantee a parent’s eventual loss of skills and independence, but it could also mean a loss of personality traits and characteristics of the person who raised them.

Top Medical Conditions That Mimic Dementia Symptoms

As we care for our parents and the generation of older adults, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. However, it’s just as vital to know what else could show similar symptoms to memory loss. Older adults are more susceptible to medical conditions and illnesses that can cause dementia-like symptoms. Surprisingly, some of these conditions are quite common.

Preparing for Your Visit to a Memory Care Community

Preparing a Memory Care Visit

If your family has decided that it’s time your loved one with memory loss received the professional care and support offered in a memory care community, then your search for the right place has already begun. While community websites and internet reviews may provide some valuable information, the only way to really know what a community is like is to experience it in person.

How to Talk to Children About Dementia

Talking to Children about Dementia

When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, life changes not just for the person, but for the whole family as well. While adults have the capability to learn more about the disease and cope with its realities, young children may need help to comprehend the changes that may occur for their loved one and even for themselves. If you have children or grandchildren affected by the challenges of memory loss, you can become a great source of education and support.

8 Tips for Addressing the Alzheimer’s Stigma

Addressing Alzheimer's Stigma

For those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, one of the most difficult struggles of coping with the disease exists outside the brain. Unfortunately, a great deal of stigma still exists surrounding memory loss, mainly due to the fact that many people don’t understand what exactly Alzheimer’s is. Many misunderstand the disease as minor forgetfulness, without realizing the intensity of cognitive change that takes place. Others may view dementia as a sudden loss of all abilities from thinking to speech and self-care.

Choosing a Memory Care Community with Confidence

When the time comes that your loved one requires around-the-clock, professional care to support their memory loss symptoms, you want to be certain that you make the right choice. Searching for a memory care community that best fits your loved one’s needs is not always simple, and there’s much to consider before making a final decision. However stressful the process of choosing a community may be, knowing that you’ve found the right place for your loved one to thrive is worth the effort.

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