Category Archives: Alzheimer’s Disease – Dementia – Parkinson’s Disease

Video Games and the Elderly: A Strong Ally for Better Brain Health

It has been a scientific certainty for years now that well-programmed brain training activities help maintain or boost cognitive function in those over 60. Lately, however, the gaming industry has branched off into a category of product that claims to do even more.

The billion-dollar industry offshoot sells gaming titles that claim to push back signs of diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s that cause mental decline in the elderly. If you are concerned for yourself or for a loved one, how much stock should you put in these claims?

What do brain training games for the elderly look like?

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Memory in a Flash

memory flash cardsIn Los Angeles senior care centers, in senior’s homes and within the senior community, keeping the mind active is an important senior activity. The brain, just like any other part of our body, needs to be exercised to stay in top physical condition.  Many seniors, who once were beyond overloaded with remembering things on a daily basis, find that it not often is they exercising their memory muscle without a conscience effort.  Some flash cards are specifically designed with seniors in mind.  Seniors suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s, who are using these specialized flash cards, may have an increase in memory and brain function.

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Alzheimers Disease Caregiver

You may have heard about the difficulties being an Alzheimers disease caregiver, because of the stress, the never-ending changes, or the fact that it’s difficult for anyone to truly understand what is happening to a person with Alzheimers.  All of these things you’ve likely heard are true, so what can you do for the caregiver, so that they can continue caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s?

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Dementia Care Givers

Those who are dementia care givers know the many challenges you’re facing, like losing your privacy, worrying, assisting with daily living, filling the long hours, coping with new expenses, grieving in anticipation of watching someone you love change, and family-work stress, just to name a few of the stressors.

Please know that feeling like you’re taken for granted as a caregiver is incredibly common. Surveys indicate that more than half of all regular and especially dementia caregivers feel this way, and these understandable feelings are also stressors. What also adds stress is the feeling like you’re needlessly and unrightfully complaining when you legitimately feel this way.  Here are some ways to cope with the fact that, especially for dementia caregivers, appreciation isn’t always in abundance:

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Dementia Care Homes

In the US, an estimated 75 percent of people living in care homes have some level of dementia – and these figures are rising.  But according to government reports, not all residents in dementia care homes are currently receiving the most appropriate care for their individual needs. Worst instances include poorly trained staff regularly administering sedatives and anti-psychotic drugs to calm individuals exhibiting the types of “disruptive” behavior associated with the various forms of dementia; more common examples are linked to sheer ignorance and lack of experience among staff caring for people with dementia.

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Alzheimers Care Facilities

There are nearly a half million new cases of Alzheimer’s each year. By 2050, that number will double to nearly a million new cases per year. For senior living companies that care for residents with Alzheimer’s, the data reaffirms the increasing demand for specialized memory care services, also known as Alzheimers Care Facilities.

There is a growing prevalence of Alzheimer’s cases throughout the United States, including care challenges, costs of care, and state-level budgetary implications:

  • As many as 5.3 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimers disease.
  • Every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimers disease.
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Talking to your Child About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease can be difficult for everyone involved, including children, grand-children and spouses. Young children may not understand the disease as well as adults, therefore when their loved one has Alzheimer’s disease they are confused, upset, and unsure of what may be happening. This confusion is common in young children who are faced with a loved one with a disease.

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Helping Someone who has Parkinson’s Disease

Caring for a loved one can be difficult if they have Parkinson’s Disease. You will need to adapt to the new lifestyle, as well as being able to help your senior loved one with their daily tasks. You should know everything from dressing your loved one, to what will help aid them, to activity planning. Even if you are not the primary caregiver to someone with Parkinson’s disease, these helpful tips will help you with caring for your aging loved ones.

Since Parkinson’s disease results in a decline of motor skills and loss of strength, it is important to allow extra time and patience. Some tips for dressing someone with Parkinson’s disease include:

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Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease

When a caregiver is caring for some with Alzheimer’s Disease it can be very tough for them. The Alzheimer’s sufferer will experience a great deal during the tough diagnosis and symptoms of the incurable disease, but the caregiver will experience the same amount of upset throughout their loved one’s care. Caregivers will have challenges when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. These challenges can be quite a burden on the life of the caregiver, therefore, finding Alzheimer’s disease care facilities may be the best option for a caregiver.

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