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July 4th Independence Day: Activities for Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 7/2/2015 to Dementia Activities
Celebrate the July 4th holiday with these great ideas that work for all different stages of dementia.

Grassroots Campaigns - Making the Difference for People with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 6/27/2015 to Dementia Awareness
This last week's Parade newspaper insert shares how it is not big organizations or companies who alone are making a difference for those with Alzheimer's, but a number of small, individual efforts adding up to big results.

Father's Day Moments the Dad with Alzheimer's Can Enjoy

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 6/12/2015 to Dementia Activities
Father's Day is around the corner and family may be thinking of how they can make it special for the father or grandfather in their life. Alzheimer's disease can make it a bit more challenging but with a bit of pre-planning and flexibility, it can happen.

Creating a Positive Mood for the Person with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 6/3/2015 to Communication Tips
Did you know that words alone can affect the mood of the person with Alzheimer's- both positively or negatively? Click ahead to find the video sharing easy ways to promote a positive mood for the person with dementia.

Why Aren't Patients with Alzheimer's Disease Getting a Timely Diagnosis?

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/20/2015 to Dementia Education
With the four most common causes of cancer, physicians reveal the diagnoses to their patients 90% of the time. For a sampling of patients with Alzheimer's disease, the rate was only 45%. Why aren't patients with Alzheimer's disease getting a timely diagnosis?

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

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/13/2015 to Communication Tips
Learning about the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in dealing with them. This is the last part in the series and describes the symptom called Aphasia, or difficulty with communication. It explains why the person might repeat themselves or answer all questions with an "I don't know" or "I don't care".

Mother's Day Gifts Appropriate for the Mom with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/30/2015 to Dementia Activities
Knowing what to buy the mother with memory loss can be challenging. Use this gift guide to find some ideas that are appropriate and that can be both enjoyable and beneficial.

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

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/29/2015 to Dementia Education
Understanding the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in managing them. This is part four of five and describes the symptom called Amnesia, or the loss of memory, which includes short-term and long-term memories, and more.

Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month Brings New Outlook for Patients

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/28/2015 to Daily Living Tips
In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson's Disease are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have it. April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, so is a good time to learn more about this condition, including how it can lead to Parkinson's-related dementia.

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.

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