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.
Dementia Friendly Library/0 Comments/in Blog, Library Workers/by John Schmid
A library can be an influential and valuable part of creating a community that is supportive to people living with dementia, including care providers.
Conditions That Mimic Alzheimer’s (Why Early Diagnosis is Important)/0 Comments/in Alzheimer's Disease, Blog, For Caregivers, Medical/by John Schmid
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/1 Comment/in Blog, Activity Professionals, Alternative Therapy, Care Providers/by John Schmid
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/0 Comments/in Blog, Alternative Therapy, Care Providers, Medical/by John Schmid
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.
UCLA Study Finds Certain Lifestyle Choices Reduce Plaques and Tangles in the Brain/1 Comment/in Preventing Alzheimer's, Blog, Care Providers, Health Professionals, Medical/by John Schmid
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.
Adaptive Clothing for Alzheimer’s Dementia/2 Comments/in For Caregivers, Blog, Care Providers/by John Schmid
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/0 Comments/in Alzheimer's Disease, Blog, Care Providers, Designers + Architects, Library Workers/by John Schmid
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.
Multisensory Stimulation for Alzheimer’s/1 Comment/in Designers + Architects, Activity Professionals, Alternative Therapy, Blog/by John Schmid
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.
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