Memory Care Innovations

Within the next 20 years, the need for memory care housing options will become more necessary than ever. Beginning in 2016 the youngest Baby Boomers began to turn 70 (2.5 million of them that year alone), and the youngest boomers are all over age 50. With advancing age comes an increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease […]

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People with Dementia Aren’t Children – So Don’t Treat Them That Way

It is easy to think of a person with a dementia diagnosis as being “child-like.”  After all, many of the behaviors associated with dementia – mood swings, tantrums, irrationality, forgetfulness, and vocabulary problems, for example – are similar to behaviors exhibited by young children.  These surface-level similarities lead many caregivers of people with dementia to […]

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The Therapeutic Effect of Music for Dementia

Singer/songwriter Glen Campbell, the original Rhinestone Cowboy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011 after several years of cognitive decline. Despite his diagnosis, he was able to continue to write music and perform live for more than a year. In interviews, Glen’s neurologist stated that music helped with his cognitive function, staving off symptoms of […]

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November is National Alzheimer’s Month and National Family Caregivers Month

In this season in which we celebrate family, togetherness, and years of happy memories, it is perhaps appropriate that we also celebrate November as both National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.  Although there is much to be grateful for, this time of year can be especially difficult for those whose memories are […]

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Dementia and Sexual Consent

Introduction Sex and the elderly (specifically those with dementia) has been getting a lot of attention lately due to the April 2015 resolution of the sexual assault case State of Iowa v. Henry Rayhons. This case raises important questions regarding the intimate relationships of those who develop memory debilitating diseases and their loved ones. Former […]

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The Heavy Burden of Dementia

Most of us know of someone who has been diagnosed with dementia.  It is a costly, heart-breaking and life-altering syndrome that is nearly doubling in numbers of people affected worldwide every 20 years. Dementia has affected the likes of Norman Rockwell, E.B. White, Rita Hayworth, Charlton Heston, Ronald Reagan, Charles Bronson, Margaret Thatcher, and even […]

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Silver Alert: What to Do When a Senior Goes Missing

Caring for and keeping a cognitively impaired person safe challenges every assumption about what a person might or might not do. As Elder Law of East Tennessee’s Care Coordinator I hear frightening stories from some of our clients’ families. Without any warning, someone who has never shown a tendency to wander might leave their home […]

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Palliative Care Report

  A new report provides examples of how to improve palliative care education in the community and hospitals, and for groups of people, including people with dementia. The report also comments on the dismal performance of palliative care in actually addressing the needs of this vulnerable population.   Understanding the shortcomings of current practices will help caregivers be […]

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