Tag: depression

15
Apr

6 Risk Factors For Sundowning & Ways to Respond

Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia can encounter a variety of symptoms at night such as anxiety, insomnia, bewilderment, irritation, and disorientation. This group of symptoms is referred to as sundowning in the health care industry. To help you care for a family member with dementia, we have compiled a list of symptoms and risk factors associated

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6
Jan

14 Spices & Herbs to Use in Meals for Senior Citizens

The progression of Alzheimer’s disease can negatively impact the 5 senses. There are a variety of ways for caregivers to cope with these symptoms. While losing the sense of taste is not dangerous, it can cause seniors to consume less food on a daily basis. To avoid malnutrition and weight loss, it’s important to be familiar with creative ways to
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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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19
Apr

Find Your Green Thumb

It looks as if winter is behind us as the days grow warmer and spring flowers can be seen poking through the dead leaves and brown grass.  This is the time when avid gardeners start planning their projects and getting everything in shape for the season.  Many of us look at these masters of the soil and envy their diligence

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8
Apr

Why I Advocate – Part 2

Sundowning is a term given to those with Alzheimer’s who exhibit an increase in agitation and restlessness in the afternoon.  It has something to do with our circadian rhythm and everything to do with increased confusion.  My responsibility after school was to start the dinner that my mother had usually prepared in advance.  In addition, I was to set the

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1
Apr

Why I Advocate – Part 1

Written by: Nancy McCaffrey,  Director of Operations, Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace & Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Ambassador I’m often asked how I got involved with Alzheimer’s care, both professionally and politically.  The reason is personal.  My Grandmother developed dementia when I was still a teenager.  My mother, her only child, was in her 40’s.  Our family lived on the East

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