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Federal Update: Rising Cost of Alzheimer’s Disease

Does this make sense?       Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease facing our nation today and is set to increase like no other.       Currently our country spends over $203 billion per year caring for those with Alzheimer’s, with two thirds of those costs paid by Medicare and Medicaid. Without […]

New Study: 1 in 3 Seniors Die with Dementia and Alzheimer’s

A shocking new report from the Alzheimer’s Association finds that one in three adults over 65 dies with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. The report reflects the scope of how degenerative neurological disease is affecting a rapidly aging population. According to the estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s […]
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What is Alzheimer’s Disease and its Symptoms?

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles /     Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning. Alzheimer’s can develop in varying ways for each individual, although there can be common symptoms shared between person to person. These symptoms may include the following in […]

Alzheimer’s Myths and Reality

Here are some myths of Alzheimer’s disease and the reality of those myths to give you a better understanding of the disease. Myth 1: Memory loss is a natural part of aging. Reality: As you get older, it is normal to have occasional memory problems, such as forgetting the name of a person you’ve recently […]
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Music, Art and Alzheimer’s

Music and art can enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s. Both activities allow for self-expression and engagement, even after Alzheimer’s has progressed. Music: It can be powerful! Studies have shown that music might reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the disease. Even when the person is in […]

New Alzheimer’s Association Report

According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia in the U.S. The new report shows that while deaths from other major diseases, such as heart disease, HIV/AIDS and stroke, continue to experience significant declines, Alzheimer’s deaths continue to rise- increasing 68% […]

Caregiver Supportive Response to Memory Loss and Confusion

  In the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a person who has it may not be able to remember familiar people, places or things. Situations involving memory loss and confusion can be extremely difficult for caregivers, and require much patience and understanding.  The main underlying cause of memory loss and confusion is the progressive damage […]

The Power of Music on Memory

  Music can be powerful for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, even in the very late stages of the disease. Music can affect mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements. Response to rhythm hardly requires any cognitive or mental processing. They are affected by the […]