Hope On The Horizon

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Some of the latest developments in dementia research, care practices, and treatment.
Researchers in the U.K. have found declining dementia rates over two decades

Conditions That Mimic Alzheimer's (Why Early Diagnosis is Important)

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There are many reasons to get an early and accurate diagnosis if you suspect dementia. Included: treatment is sometimes more effective when started early, early diagnosis gives one time to get affairs in order, and diagnosis might be more accurate if done early. Most importantly, there are many diseases and conditions that mimic Alzheimer's disease as well as the symptoms associated with most other causes of dementia. Many of these are treatable and even curable!

Dolls as Therapy for Dementia

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At a conference we attended recently we were able to spend some face time with Cindy and Darryl, creators of Serenity Babies. We had a really nice visit, as it has been a couple of years since we last saw them. They shared some tips for using dolls as therapy.

Seniors Targeted by Con Artists and Swindlers

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Millions of people fall victim to scams each year, including an increasing amount of seniors who are especially targeted. Scammers are becoming more savvy and refined with their fraudulent measures, so it is more important than ever to identity the scams before becoming a victim.
Lifestyle choices reduce plaques and tangles

UCLA Study Finds Certain Lifestyle Choices Reduce Plaques and Tangles in the Brain

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A recent study found that certain lifestyle factors reduce the amount of amyloid plaque and fibrillary tangles in the brain. These plaques and tangles are always present in the Alzheimer's affected brain. Diet & exercise.

Music and the Brain

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Imaging technologies like the fMRI, the EEG, SPECT scan, and the CT PET scan allow us to watch electrical activity and blood flow in the brain as it responds to different stimuli and situations. One thing we are learning is there is a special connection between music and the brain.
Clothing that is easy to put on and take off can extend a person's independence.

Adaptive Clothing for Alzheimer's Dementia

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Several clothing manufacturers, including Tommy Hilfiger, are developing clothing designed to make it easier for people with a variety of disabilities to dress themselves, and help care providers to more easily and more effectively do their job.

Brainpaths for Alzheimer's and Dementia

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Brainpaths® is a unique concept. It is based on the fact that each of our fingertips contain more than 3000 nerve receptors that connect directly to our brains. As the grooves in the discs are traced repeatedly with the fingers, those receptors send messages to the somatosensory cortex in the parietal lobe of the brain. Sensory stimulation like this can modify the structure of the brain.
Games and activities for Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's Store

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Once we had a good start on the website, we began a search for games, puzzles, alarms, and other products that all of our research indicated would  benefit Bernice and others with Alzheimer's disease. That was not as easy as we thought it would be!
Music therapy for Alzheimers and demantia

Auditory stimulation

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Auditory stimulation for people with Alzheimer's and dementia is effective for mood enhancement, relaxation, and cognition; just as it is for everyone else.