Activities to Do With People With Dementia

Dementia is not a specific condition—it is a group of symptoms closely related to changes in the brain. The brain’s cognitive decline affects a person’s intellectual abilities, memory and ability to function. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease; however, vascular disorders, infections of the central nervous system …

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Tips for Engaging a Person With Dementia in Conversation

People with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia often struggle with initiating and maintaining conversations. As speech-language pathologists, we can help them by leading, prompting and guiding discussions using simple statements and questions. This technique engages the person in meaningful interactions and can yield relevant information. In turn, SLPs can share …

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How can I help someone in late stage dementia?

Most dementias in older persons are slow to develop. Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia, progresses over many years. Late-stage dementia is tough on everyone. The person with dementia may be fully incontinent, need help with eating, have difficulty walking, no longer be able to communicate, and almost certainly …

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Education May Cut Dementia Risk, Study Finds

The risk of developing dementia is decreasing for people with at least a high school education, according to an important new study that suggests that changes in lifestyle and improvements in physical health can help prevent or delay cognitive decline. The study, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of …

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Juicing To Reduce The Risk Of Alzheimer’s

According to a study, frequent consumption of vegetable and fruit juices can significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers discovered that individuals who drank 3 or more helpings of vegetable and fruit juices each week had a 76 % reduced risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease compared to individuals who …

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11 Facts Everyone Should Know About Dementia

1. In the UK, around 225,000 people will develop dementia each year – that’s the equivalent to one person every three minutes. thinkstockphotos.co.uk / Via thinkstockphotos.co.uk There are 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, which means you might know someone affected by the condition. Dementia is not just …

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Eating fish may benefit older adults at risk for dementia

For older people, the brain-protecting benefits of eating fish outweigh any potential harms from mercury, according to a small US brain study. Researchers found that older adults who ate the most seafood did have higher brain levels of mercury, but didn’t seem to suffer any ill effects from it. And …

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