Category Archives: Memory Care

Behavioral Changes in Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by Cedars on May 21, 2016

A Major problem with major change,

To date, finding ways to treat the behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease has been a challenge. But emerging research is showing progress.

Some areas Jeffrey L Cummings, MD, ScD has published,

  • Calming Agitation
  • Addressing Psychosis
  • Overcoming Apathy
  • Managing Depression
  • Cognition-Enhancing Agents with Behavioral Benefit

It is important to keep in mind that a clinician’s decision to use a psychotropic agent is based on a careful consideration of the potential benefit and potential harm to the individual.

Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD, is Director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Camille and Larry Ruvo Chair for Brain Health. Dr. Cummings’ research and leadership in the field of Alzheimer’s disease have been recognized with many awards, including the Henderson Award of the American Geriatrics Society, the Research Award of the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, and the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Award of the national Alzheimer’s Association. In 2010 he was honored by the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry with their Distinguished Scientist Award.

Dr. Cummings is the author of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI), the most commonly used tool for characterizing behavioral disturbances in dementia syndromes and for measuring the effect of therapies on neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Dr. Cummings is an experienced clinical trialist with expertise in clinical trial design and analysis, global trial implementation, and trial outcome measures. He has published over 600 articles and 35 books on Alzheimer’s disease and related topics

Posted in : Memory Care

Project Lifesaver

Posted by Cedars on May 19, 2016

Project Lifesaver,

The project lifesaver program is specifically designed to protect special needs populations who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering, including life threatening those with Alzheimer’s and their cognitive conditions.

To learn more about Project Lifesaver;

www.projectlifesaver.org

or call: 1/772/446/1271

Posted in : Memory Care

Senior Safety ~ Fall Prevention and Monitoring

Posted by Cedars on April 13, 2016

Senior Safety!

Senior safety is of great importance. Fall  prevention is critical to Senior Safety. Patient’s suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or any form of dementia are often unaware of their own symptoms, and caregivers must take special precautions to keep them safe.

Look at Senior Monitors;

  • Bed
  • Chair
  • mat alarms

Wandering devices;

  • Both inside and outside are necessary
  • Murals
  • Fire rated door murals
  • Emergency information wristbands
  • Using simple stop signs

As a caregiver of someone with dementia, you may find them to all of the sudden be irritable with no apparent reason, BUT there is a reason. They may have fallen and broke a bone and are unable to communicate this to you.

You can find many home items at the Alzheimer’s store.com

 

Posted in : Memory Care /Senior Living

How Dementia Changes Families

Posted by Cedars on January 20, 2016

When my mom developed dementia, my dad tried to deny it and I tried to fix it. We both failed.

You could sum up my father’s reaction to my mother’s first year of dementia in two words: Bad Waitress.

“Last week I asked her for eggs over easy and she scrambled them,” he shouted over the phone one day in 2005. “Today it happened again.”

I kept my tone neutral. “She didn’t do it on purpose,” I said. “She actually couldn’t remember what you asked.”

“The hell she couldn’t,” he snapped. “She’s just not paying attention.”

I tried defending her further, but he had already hung up.

If this sounds like a conversation you have had you can find services and support for you and your family.

Alzheimer’s association

24/7 helpline

800*272*3900   or    alz.org

 

Posted in : Memory Care

Eat your way to Brain Health

Posted by Cedars on November 17, 2015

The research is clear: What you eat has a big impact on your brain. In fact the right foods-and combination of the right foods-can enhance memory, build new brain cells and even help ward off Alzheimer’s.

  • Olive oil, green tea and leafy greens (broccoli, spinach, and kale). Each of these antioxidant super foods helps fight inflammation. Uncontrolled inflammation over time can damage the brain.
  •  Beets, tomatoes and avocados. These three darkly hued foods help ensure that your brain receives the blood it needs to stay sharp.
  • NUTS (Especially Walnuts). These foods work deep in the brain to fight amyloid plaques.
  • Fish, Blueberries, grapes, coffee and dark chocolate. These are nutrient powerhouses have been shown to increase the level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor a protein that supports the growth of new neurons.

Posted in : Memory Care

Brain Health

Posted by Cedars on October 27, 2015

Are Old Head Injuries Fogging Your Brain?

Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett, diagnosed with severe brain trauma, challenges himself with memory games.

Not just jocks get head injuries, Repetitive head injuries can be the result of physical abuse, car accidents, multiple falls.

If you had a loss of consciousness earlier in life, there may be greater likelihood of the on-set of cognitive changes later in life.

DBS (deep brain stimulation) is a new therapy still very much in the discovery phase is the use of deep brain stimulation as a way to enhance memory. DBS has been used on patients with Parkinson’s disease, depression, epilepsy and other illnesses.

Kendal Lee, a professor of neurosurgery and biomedical engineer at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has been in the forefront of the application.

Posted in : About Us /Memory Care

Companion Memory Care

Posted by Cedars on June 11, 2015

For those of you with a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia our Companion Memory Care Program, combines a homelike family atmosphere with specialized care that will allow you to continue to live with your spouse.

Research has proven that a loving, structured, and intimate home environment successfully fulfills the needs of both the individuals affected by Alzheimer’s and their spouse.

Please feel free to visit and get to know our story.

Posted in : Memory Care