The power of hope shows promise in cancer study

When we talk about the C word (cancer), cancer, or the D word (dementia), it’s hard to spell out hope. Both diseases, while very different, take a tremendous physical and mental toll, both on the patient and family. The psychological benefits of hope can go a long...

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Mobile game offers datasets, insights for dementia research

Ever played an addicting game on your iPhone and wondered how you just spent 30 minutes on a whole lot of nothing? I think we’ve all been there. Sea Hero Quest, like many others games, is an electric kaleidoscope with challenges that test memory and spatial awareness....

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Study: Hope regained through connections in dementia care

A little hope can go a long way. When I encounter families caring for loved ones with dementia, or those with loved ones in long-term care facilities, I see that hope can move mountains. It is the source of our psychological, spiritual and physical well-being. A study...

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4 reasons why caregivers need to be dementia-aware

Caregivers at assisted-living facilities have a tough job. They wear many hats as patients under their care have a diversity of aches, illness and disease that add to the complexity of the services they must provide. From my experience as an educator and advocate of...

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Eating citrus fruit daily could help prevent dementia

The brain is a magnificent machine. Its performance can improve with age despite a reduction in the number of neurons. It is said that no machine can achieve this type of efficiency even as parts are taken away. Despite the brain’s incredible abilities and plasticity...

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Drinking wine may help prevent dementia, study finds

As an educator and advocate of dementia issues, I am always keeping my eye out for research on the topic. I find scientific advancement regarding prevention as most significant. Mostly, because dementia is incurable and degenerative. Therefore, our best hope, at least...

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The dos and don’ts of communicating with dementia patients

When someone is not “dementia-aware,” communicating with a patient or loved one with the disease can seem like a daunting task. Ineffective communication is compounded by repeated mistakes and the degenerative nature of dementia, adding a level of stress to both the...

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Can gamified cognitive training prevent memory loss?

What is a memory? From a definitional standpoint, it’s our ability to encode, store, retain and recall past experiences. From a personal standpoint, memories mean the world. In my work with dementia patients and their family and professional caregivers, memory loss is...

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Dementia caregiver accepts that it’s OK to ask for help

After delivering a presentation in Ohio recently, I received a thank-you email from someone who didn’t attend the event. Peggy’s 93-year-old mother was recently diagnosed with dementia, so she had hoped to make it to the event, where I shared my story about my...

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