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Benefits of Home Care for Dementia Patients

We’re lucky to live in a society where public health extends beyond the physical to include mental care. Depending on the severity of dementia, and the available funds, public health services work well. It is, however, stretched thin in many areas, which can lead to some difficulties, like having different caregivers arrive to help your elderly parent.

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Spotting Early Signs of Dementia

Wondering and worrying whether your loved one is going to take a sudden turn for the worst can be incredibly stressful. To help, we’ve compiled a list of common early signs of dementia. This way, you will have more tools available to guide you as you make decisions and work with your loved one to move forward.

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Tips for Helping Your Parent with Dementia

Dementia patients have to deal with regressing from a productive, functioning adult to becoming dependent and childlike once again. Dealing with fundamental difficulties like knowing where you are, or incontinence can be embarrassing and can complicate day to day life.

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5 Tips for Talking to Parents with Dementia

Watching the person, that you love have to disappear behind a veil of confusion can cause panic, anger, anxiety and a host of other feelings that make communicating with anyone difficult. 

6 Reasons Why You Should Tell Your Doctor About Memory Problems

It's tempting to make light of of memory lapses as normal "senior moments," but incidences of memory loss and confusion are often the first signs that lead doctors to recognize the early stages of dementia. 

Exercising the Ageing Brain

A regular cognitive workout can improve your concentration, comprehension and recall in everyday life such as remembering people’s names or driving across town. The more you challenge your brain, the more brain cells and nerve connection pathways you form. Instead of gray matter simply dying as you age, challenging your brain can activate new cell growth throughout your lifetime.

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Nurturing One-on-One Creative Expression

Today we present a guest post from Allison North explaining the affects of creative pursuits on a meaningful life with dementia.

Caring for Parkinson's Disease Patients

Parkinson’s disease gradually attacks nerve cells in the brain’s mid-portion, decreasing the production of dopamine, a biochemical that helps carry electrical signals to control body motion and emotional responses. Initial symptoms often present with muscle weakness, stiffness, or a slight shaking in a hand or foot. As Parkinson’s advances, a person may experience muscle rigidity, tremors, postural imbalance, gait changes and decreased facial expression.

Can Sleep Prevent Alzheimer’s?

The toxic waste materials that get accumulated in the brain due to neural activity affect brain function and accelerate the aging process. By eliminating this toxic waste from the brain, we might be able to prevent brain diseases such as Alzheimer's. Some recent studies have shown that the brain employs a cleaning process to eliminate waste during sleep.

Alzheimer's and Women

Alzheimer's and other memory problems affect 47.5 million people around the world. The actual figures may be even higher. Dementia has affected most of us at some level. Nearly all of us have a relative or a friend suffering from a memory disorder.

Prevent Dementia Patients From Wandering

Mental health groups across the world report that as many as 60 percent of people with dementia, a condition with decreased memory or mental ability, will wander and may get lost. Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, head injuries and other health issues that involve dementia can all lead patients to stroll away from familiar surroundings.

Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia

 The impaired balance, tremors and rigidity of Parkinson’s disease are not just limited to the elderly.  Worldwide, the degenerative brain disease occurs with an average onset of age 60, but roughly 10 percent of Parkinson’s patients are diagnosed before age 40.  An estimated one in every 20 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the United Kingdom is younger than 40.  Some clinics in Japan have reported cases of early onset Parkinson’s accounting for as many as 40 percent of all their Parkinson’s patients.

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