caregivers

The Importance of Having Those Moments to Remember

The Importance of Having Those Moments to Remember

As Valentine’s Day is approaching, you know that because your loved one is challenged by his/her dementia, it does not mean that the two of you cannot have meaningful moments.  However, remember to keepthings simple and reduce a lot of noise and confusion for them when you want to share a moment. 

Positive Effects of Music for those with Dementia

Positive Effects of Music for those with Dementia

Recently, I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Dr. David Coon, a researcher at ASU, who has just finished a study of the impact of live music on residents of a memory care facility in Arizona. The study also gathered information on the changes this music made on the musicians playing the music and the professional caregivers who were on the staff.  As you might imagine, the effect of the music was significant on all 3 groups. Read More...

How Do I Know If My Loved One Has Parkinson’s?

How Do I Know If My Loved One Has Parkinson’s?

First, only a medical doctor or a neurologist can accurately diagnose what is going on with your loved one. Also, your primary care doctor may in fact refer you to a neurologist if you or your doctor thinks that it is appropriate.

Friends mean well, but it is only a professional who is trained in neurological disorders who can tell you more definitively. However, here is some information from the Northwest Parkinson’s Association which addresses this issue and describes other diseases which may have similar symptoms. Read More...

Use It or Lose It, Keeping Your Mind & Body Active

Use It or Lose It, Keeping Your Mind & Body Active

There is an old expression which says "use it or lose it!"  That has proven to be quite true.  So, yes, it is good to keep your mind and your body active. 

One of the medical journals/newsletters which I read and refer to a lot is from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  It is called "Mind, Mood & Memory."  It is a monthly publication which addresses many of the issues involving our minds, our moods and our memories.  In one of these newsletters, they wrote about an acronym (making a word out of the first letters in a series of words) called "GULP"....