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Occupational Therapy: Helping People with their Unique Music of Life

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/22/2015 to Dementia Activities
Occupational therapy is a unique profession. It is a lot like music. Just playing "Do - re - mi" are the building block notes, but alone are not much. But add in a crescendo, a cymbal crash, or a key change and now you have music. Occupational therapy is similar - considering not only the building blocks but also leading to all things that make the 'music of life' for that person.

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's Disease: Agnosia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/15/2015 to Environment/Safety Tips
The person with Alzheimer's disease can have trouble identifying objects and/or faces correctly. This is not due to their vision but rather a symptom called Agnosia, which is one of the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease. 

Activities for Alzheimer's - A 'Treatment' of Choice

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/7/2015 to Dementia Activities
Activities is an under-recognize and under-utilized 'treatment' for Alzheimer's disease. Learn here what activity in dementia care is, how the research shows it can help, and how you can help keep the person with dementia active.

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's Disease: Apraxia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/1/2015 to Daily Living Tips
Understanding the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in managing them. This is part two of five and describes the symptom called Apraxia, when there is a breakdown in the body movement and planning to do a task. 

5 Items to Spark Conversation & Smiles with the Person with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/26/2015 to Dementia Activities
Visiting the person with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia can be a bit intimidating for some. These 5 activity items are easy to take along and will promote interaction and an enjoyable visit for all.

Easy Therapuetic Art Activity for Alzheimers

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/18/2015 to Dementia Activities
Painting rocks can be a creative, colorful, and failure-free activity for the person with Alzheimer's. Learn more about this activity and how to adapt it for different stages of Alzheimer's.

Finding the positives in the negatives in dementia care

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/17/2015 to Communication Tips
Caregivers can reframe the way they look at things with the person with Alzheimer's disease, to turn potential negative moments into positive ones. Here are 5 tips to get you on your way.

The Woman Behind the Julianne Moore 'Still Alice' Performance

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/6/2015 to Dementia Education
Meet the woman with dementia who helped Julianne Moore craft her performance in 'Still Alice' and how they both help speak out for those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's Disease: Anomia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/4/2015 to Communication Tips
Understanding the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in managing them. This is part one of five and describes the symptom called Anomia, also known as the  "Tip of the Tongue" phenomena.

Activity Equals Joy and Purpose for People with Dementia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/3/2015 to Dementia Activities
"I cannot emphasize enough how important activity engagement is, especially when it comes to people who are cognitively impaired." Memory Care Program Coordinator and Manager, Rachael Wonderlin, shares how activity makes a difference for people with dementia.

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