Content that is particularly relevant to professional care providers, activity professionals, designers and architects of dementia friendly living communities, and anyone involved in the dementia friendly movement, like library workers, salon workers, etc.

A dementia friendly can be a safe environment for people in the community who have Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.

Dementia Friendly Library

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A library can be an influential and valuable part of creating a community that is supportive to people living with dementia, including care providers.
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!

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.

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.
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.
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.
How Alzheimer's Affects Perception - this optical illusion illustrates how the brain determines what we see

How Alzheimer's Affects Perception

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Our sense organs are an extension of our brain.  It is through these specialized organs that we get information about our surroundings and about ourselves.  But Alzheimer's affects perception in a way that makes understanding the world difficult.
Snoezelen - Enriched Sensory Environment for Alzheimer's

Multisensory Stimulation for Alzheimer's

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Soothing sensory stimulation is known to help people who have dementia. Benefits include increased socialization and communication as well as a reduction in depression and anxiety and many other behavioral and psychological symptoms.

Alzheimer's Cafe

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What a wonderful idea this is!!!  An Alzheimer's Cafe. It' like an extension to or a smaller version of Hogewey Dementia Village. We all like to hang out with others who share our interests and who are "like us". Alzheimer's/Dementia Cafes have been around a while, especially in Europe, as the video indicates; but the more I think about this, the more I excited I get about it.
Music therapy for Alzheimers and demantia

A Music Therapist Looks at Dementia

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Have you ever thought I know music works well for people with dementia but I am not musical?? I HAVE THE ANSWER FOR YOU!