Dementia care authorities at the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo Clinic have long recognized the therapeutic benefits of music for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Recently, the scientific knowledge on the effects of music on the symptoms of dementia was advanced further in a report published in the July 2018 edition of JAMDA, the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
Dementia care specialists have said for years that maintaining normal blood pressure is good for heart health, which in turn supports good brain health. Now researchers are saying that there appears to be a direct link between high blood pressure and the risk of dementia. Today, high blood pressure affects one in three people in the US.
According to scientists, uncontrolled high blood pressure is now being viewed as a cause of dementia. They say important new studies link high blood pressure -- particularly in middle age – to an increased risk of dementia later on in life.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease would be an unwelcome, life-altering event for any of us. Therefore, it is understandable that a loved one who is exhibiting symptoms of dementia might want to avoid a formal diagnosis and the reality of Alzheimer’s as a new part of their life – and even refuse to see their doctor of many years
Alzheimer’s authorities tell us that this form of denial – avoiding a diagnosis by refusing to see the doctor – is common. After all, contemplating a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and the long-term impact on one’s life can be traumatic.
At-home caregivers of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia face an increasing number of challenges as the disease progresses. Two of the more challenging symptoms that can present themselves are anger and aggression.
Caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia brings with it many challenges – both physical and emotional. For many adult children, one of the most heartbreaking of these is when a parent no longer recognizes them.
According to dementia care experts, as a parent’s dementia advances, his or her ability to recognize the faces of their loved ones declines. This often results in diminishing family relationships – an unfortunate and unnecessary situation that can be harmful to both the parent with dementia and their adult children.
“Today, many at-home caregivers struggle with creating daily routines that are beneficial to their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia,” says Heather Miller, Personal Care Administrator at Impressions Memory Careat Bryn Mawr located in Bryn Mawr, PA.
“Caregivers commonly express a variety of concerns such as: How do I organize their day? What routines will mom or dad respond to best? How do I know if I’m doing the right things to relieve their dementia symptoms and improve their quality of life?
Dementia authorities agree that enjoyable, life engaging activities should be a regular part of the lives of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. For example, dementia experts at the Mayo Clinic® and the Alzheimer’s Association® advise that these types of activities have essential therapeutic benefits that reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem and improve the overall quality of life.
Cognitive decline, or memory loss, can have a variety of causes. Some forms can be short-term in nature as a result of injury, illness or medications, for example. Progressive, long-term memory loss, generally referred to as dementia, also has several different causes.
“Because Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are progressive in nature, a loved one with the disease will undergo many physical and emotional changes,” says Steve Carney, Wellness Director Administrator of Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr, located in Bryn Mawr, PA.
In today’s world, there are prescriptions or other medications available for just about every problem a senior adult may face today. “It can be very easy for older adults to lose track of the many prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs they are taking,” says Steve Carney, Wellness Coordinator/Administrator at ImpressionsMemory Careat Bryn Mawr,located inBryn Mawr, PA.