Neurologist Oliver Sacks famously said, “In forty years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical ‘therapy’ to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens.”
Health, Aging, Alzheimer's
Did you know that a little sunshine each day can do more than just boost your mood? Even a few minutes of sun exposure a day can help increase your levels of vitamin D, which has been known to help fight off osteoporosis, certain types of cancer, and depression. As we age, our body’s ability to make vitamin D lessens—that’s why vitamin D deficiency is common among seniors.
Aging, Alzheimer's, Senior Living, Memory Care
This Father’s Day, we encourage you to spend time with family and friends to celebrate dads together. Though time and age can change each of us, the things that are unshakeable are our ties to one another.
Alzheimer's, Activities, Memory Care
Celebrating Mother’s Day when your mother is affected by memory loss can be emotional and challenging. It is healthy to acknowledge any loss and the sadness you feel. And it’s important to allow yourself to grieve and be kind to yourself as you learn to accept the changes.
Alzheimer's, Senior Living, Memory Care
Many people consider forgetfulness a natural part of getting older – losing your keys, forgetting words, missing an appointment. However, sometimes these simple, forgetful moments are a symptom of memory impairment or something more serious.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, which was started by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. At that time, there were fewer than 2 million Americans living with the disease, now that number has soared to 5.4 million.
Alzheimer's, Memory Care
As Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia progress, it is common for a person to gradually lose their ability to communicate. As the disease reaches its most advanced stage most verbal communication ceases for the senior. As a loved one or a caregiver, this is heartbreaking to watch. Communication is a way people connect, strengthen relationships, and bond with each other. Taking away this connection, especially during an emotional time, is hard on both loved one and senior.
Alzheimer's, Memory Care
Alzheimer's disease affects over 5 million people in the United States, with someone developing the disease every 66 seconds. Alzheimer's is a form of dementia and a neurodegenerative disease that causes a steady decline in not only memory but also thinking and reasoning skills. Because it is such a common disease, researchers are continually studying symptoms, looking for early signs and searching for new treatments.
Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairment conditions such as dementia, come with many challenges for both the individual living with the disease and their loved ones. One of the toughest and most dangerous behaviors is wandering, which affects 6 out of 10 people.
Music is one of the most powerful art forms that can transform your mood and bring people together. If you reflect on some of your greatest experiences, you’ll probably remember that music was also present in those moments. Although it’s common to have different preferences in music, it is rare to meet a person who dislikes music altogether!