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21
Oct

What Is Lewy Body Dementia? Types, Symptoms & Causes

Lewy Body Dementia Explained Caretakers and the adult children of senior citizens alike should know that Lewy bodies are usually a helpful alpha-synuclein protein located in the brain’s neurons. So, what is Lewy Body Dementia and why is it bad for your mental and physical health? This type of dementia can develop when the proteins start to clump together in

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21
Oct

Alzheimer’s Gift Ideas for Your Loved One

We are all knee deep in the holiday season, which for many of us, means shopping for those perfect gifts.  Shopping for older adults is daunting in itself. As adults, we tend to take care of ourselves and our needs. If we want something, we get it.  By the time we get older, we usually have everything we need and

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29
Sep

Terra Vista’s Art Therapy Program Gains Widespread Media Recognition in September 2020

Terra Vista’s art therapy program gained widespread media recognition in September 2020. The dementia-focused program was featured on the CBS Chicago news, in the Chicago Tribune, and on the Fox Chicago news! Art therapy helps keep the brain stimulated and neurons active. Our creative arts program at Terra Vista provides opportunity for residents to create meaningful moments through self-expression and

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25
Sep

10 Symptoms of Dementia & How Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Can Help

Do you suspect that you or a family member may have dementia? Dementia is an umbrella term that describes a wide range of progressive neurological disorders affecting a person’s cognitive function. This includes forgetfulness, memory loss, limited social skills, impaired reasoning, difficulties in problem-solving, and more. If you or a parent has dementia—you’ll start to notice a variety of signs

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3
Sep

10 Surprising Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease

Although we are understanding Alzheimer’s more than ever before, there’s still so much the average person can still learn. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that is a progressive disease. It destroys important mental functions such as memory, cognitive abilities and more. It impacts family, spouses and friends, yet many don’t know about Alzheimer’s or about the possible causes, risk

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3
Sep

7 Benefits of Receiving an Early Onset Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

A large number of people in the United States decide to forfeit a diagnosis for early onset Alzheimer’s disease because there is no known cure. However, an early diagnosis is vital to slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It is for this reason that the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America initiated the “National Memory Screening Program.” Though an ongoing program, initially

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21
Aug

4 Ways to Help Your Child Understand Alzheimer’s Disease

Our philosophy, from the beginning, is that when someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, it is a diagnosis for the entire family. Spouses, siblings and adult children are usually the first line of caregivers for the affected family member. You may struggle to handle ordinary symptoms such as personality and behavioral changes. How to Explain Alzheimer’s Disease to Children Although it may

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21
Aug

4 Tips For Dementia Caregivers to Follow at Mealtime

One of the most frustrating traits of Alzheimer’s is that it progresses differently for each person. As this type of disease progresses, it is not uncommon for a family member to lose their appetite. In other cases, an individual with Alzheimer’s may begin to eat more than they used to. However, a majority of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia will

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19
Aug

5 Ways Music Affects Individuals With Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Music is one of the most powerful forms of expression for mankind. It can reach us and affect us while we are still in the womb and take us back in time when we are older. Music has been used to stimulate, entertain, soothe, excite, celebrate, and mourn. In some instances, music may have the ability to break through barriers

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19
Aug

The Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease On Our 5 Senses

One of the things that makes Alzheimer’s, and all dementia for that matter, so devastating is that it destroys the most important organ we have, the brain. As the control center for our entire body, the brain plays a role in every function. This, of course, includes how our senses work, from perception to reaction. Since different parts of the

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