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How to Avoid Receiving an Incorrect Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s disease is very grave and is traumatic not only for the sufferer, but also for the families of the patient. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease is often misdiagnosed. Apparently, 20% of those diagnosed do not really have Alzheimer’s disease. Your loved one may not require Alzheimer’s care or a specialized dementia care home if they are displaying normal symptoms associated with

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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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How to Care for Someone With Dementia During the Holiday Season

The holidays call for extravagant times: gift-giving, jovial Christmas tunes, giggling children playing around the Christmas tree, fun family games, tons of laughter, tons of food, and most importantly, the gathering of family. These precious get-togethers are what make the holidays special. But for loved ones with dementia, this may cause unanticipated stress: loud sudden noises, blaring music, children horseplaying

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Terra Vista’s Executive Director Natalie McFarland Named the 2019 Certified Dementia Practitioner of the Year

Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace’s Executive Director Natalie McFarland, BSN, RN, CDP has been named the Certified Dementia Practitioner of the Year by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners for her outstanding work in the field of dementia care. The award presentation is December 3rd, 2019, at Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace and will be attended by Chief Operations

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Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace Earns AFA’s National ‘Excellence in Care’ Distinction

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has announced that Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace, in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, has earned AFA’s “Excellence in Care (EIC) Dementia Care Program of Distinction.” Dementia care settings are eligible to achieve this national recognition after successfully undergoing an extensive evaluation of staff, procedures, and environment, ensuring best practices in dementia care. “Terra Vista of

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How to Visit with your Loved One

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it can be difficult to interact with your loved one. It seems like no matter what you do, your loved one is in a bad mood or you seem to upset them. It is very important to always remain alert and conscious when you are meeting with them. This way, you can guarantee to avoid setting

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Protect Your Brain from Memory Loss

Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia are becoming more and more prevalent. At the age of 65, the chance of developing one of these diseases increase dramatically. Along with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, natural memory loss is a sign of aging. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to prevent memory loss or slow it down in its tracks. Exercise In

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What People With Alzheimer’s Disease Want you to Know

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a game changer. It changes everything about the individual’s life, as well as the lives of all of those around them. It is very difficult to know how to act or react because it seems as though your loved one is changing right before your eyes. But, there are a couple of tips that come directly

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Practical Ways to Help Patients with Memory Loss Diseases

As of a 2016 report, 46.8 million people are diagnosed today with Alzheimer’s worldwide. Alzheimer’s disease symptoms include memory loss, mood swings, behavioral issues and language disorientation. Those with the disease are often instructed to stay around their homes as often as possible with a caretaker. As time goes on, some patients will move to assisted living homes. According to

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Scientists Aim For Higher Quality & More Affordable Testing Options

While substantial treatments and preventative measures are yet to be truly successful for scientists combating Alzheimer’s Disease, they are making strides in developing more affordable, less invasive diagnostic options. At the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London, scientists presented early data on promising blood testing and brain imaging techniques. The pathologies that have been used to indicate alzheimer’s –

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