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Types of Dementia (Part 1)

Dementia is often referred to as a disease, however, it is not actually a singular disease, but a degenerative syndrome that will cause the sufferer to withdraw from family and society, have long-term memory loss, and, gradually, lose bodily functions. “Dementia will affect 8 percent of Canadians over the age of 65 years. The risk increases with age, with 35 percent of seniors 85 years and older meeting the criteria for dementia,” says the Canadian Study of Health and Aging Working Group. The symptoms come on slowly and are usually...

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Managing Sundowner’s Syndrome

Those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s tend to suffer from a syndrome called Sundowner’s Syndrome. As the name implies the symptoms appear in the late afternoon and evening for some, for others not until the sun has completely set.  Medical science has never been able to come up with a physiological or psychological reason for it to occur, but they have developed several theories as to why the symptoms only begin at night. There are continuing studies into the causes and potential treatments for Sundowner’s Syndrome but there still is no...

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Brain and Memory Exercises for Seniors

When it comes to brain power, that old saying “use it or lose it” seems to apply. As we age, changes occur in our brains that make us more susceptible to memory loss and degeneration. Efforts to keep the cognitive functioning of seniors at a high level will reduce loss of memory, and even improve brain functioning and recall. Home care providers can really improve the quality of their clients’ lives by engaging them in brain and memory exercises, and they are often fun too! Just like muscles in the...

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The Difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

According to the recent surveys on diseases, the number of Alzheimer’s and dementia cases is on the rise. They are becoming the topmost concern for the elderly, seniors, their family members and homecare providers. Although the clinical manifestations of both these diseases are quite similar, there are many differences that may affect the ongoing care. According to the American Medical Association, Dementia is the medical term that is used for the conditions arising from insidious loss of several mental functions. Memory impairment, decreased motor skills, disturbances in the ability of...

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On Dementia, Alzheimer and Screenwriters

Friday's episode of the Sci-Fi TV show “Fringe” presented a unique story where a loving husband was able to temporary turn back time and talk with his wife before she succumbed to Alzheimer. If you follow the entertainment industry (e.g. TV and movies) you probably have noticed that in the past 12 months the number of stories using Dementia and Alzheimer as a plot driver has increased significantly. In addition to Friday's episode, the mother of the main character in the TV show "unforgettable" suffers from Dementia as well. The...

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