7 Types of Brain Injuries You Should Know

7 Types of Brain Injuries You Should Know

As medical science progresses our understanding of the human brain has increased dramatically, which is also expanding our grasp on the ever-important field of brain injuries. 7 Types of Brain Injuries You Should Know A brain injury is any alteration of the brain’s normal function caused by an external force. According to the Centers for Disease and Control Injury Prevention, the most common cause of brain injuries (at 40%) is falls. Over 30 years of research has also linked traumatic brain injury to greater risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The effects on the brain vary and can affect physical, cognitive, speech

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An Alzheimer's Wife Tells Her Story

An Alzheimer's Wife Tells Her Story

Love, family, travel and adventure were the stuff of Carole and Jim’s fifty years of marriage. When Alzheimer’s came into their lives and gradually began to affect Jim, many of the things that had defined their life to that point changed. An Alzheimer's Wife Tells Her Story But not Carole’s love. This is the story of how a half-century of love provided strength and solace in the face of dementia’s challenges. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUzjnP2pnKk[/embed] An Alzheimer's Wife Tells Her Story An Alzheimer's Wife Tells Her Story An Alzheimer's Wife Tells Her Story An Alzheimer's Wife Tells Her StoryAn Alzheimer's Wife Tells Her Story An Alzheimer's Wife

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How can I prevent agitation in my loved one with dementia?

A person with dementia can become agitated for a number of reasons such as pain, fatigue, confusion, or restlessness. Agitation is indicated by feelings of anxiety or becoming upset very quickly. Loved ones and caregivers should be cognizant of how to prevent or respond to these cases by taking a few precautions. How can I prevent agitation in my loved one with dementia? Dr. Elizabeth A. Landsverk, Silverado Belmont Hills Medical Director, suggests three ways to reduce or prevent agitation with dementia patients: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_KVCWAiv8Y[/embed] How can I prevent agitation in my loved one with dementia? Remove medications that cause any agitation or

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How to Downsize with Alzheimers in the Mix

How To Downsize With Alzheimer’s In The Mix

We have said it before, and you will likely hear us say it many more times: downsizing is taxing on the body, mind and spirit. More than just the physical aspects of sorting, donating, discarding and packing, downsizing takes an emotional toll on everyone involved in the process. How To Downsize With Alzheimer’s In The Mix The emotional stress of downsizing can be triggered by memories of the items you are sorting, attachment to a home where you may have raised a family and made many memories, and the echoes in the back of your mind whispering that change can be

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How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia?

How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia?

The research speaks for itself -- learning new skills and keeping the brain active are among the tools with the best chance of slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Ongoing social connectivity and cognitive exercises are some of the pillars of Nexus at Silverado, a specially designed program that uses clinical findings to help slow the progression of dementia. One of the newest and most recent programs to be put into action is the American Sign Language program at the Silverado Aspen Park memory care community. How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia? The inspiration for the program came

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Antipsychotic Misuse Rampant in Dementia Care Facilities

Antipsychotic Misuse Rampant in Dementia Care Facilities

There are few conditions that make aging in place more difficult than dementia. As dementia progresses, living at home becomes increasingly dangerous. Without support from family, friends, and dementia care professionals, most seniors with dementia end up moving into nursing care facilities. But as reporting over the past several years has revealed, many nursing homes are also dangerous for seniors coping with dementia.. Antipsychotic Misuse Rampant in Dementia Care Facilities A recent investigation by Human Rights Watch — which uncovered rampant misuse of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes— is just the latest cause for concern among dementia care professionals. According to

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How to Make Holidays Special for Someone with Dementia

How to Make Holidays Special for Someone with Dementia

At Silverado, we have nearly 20 years of dedicated experience in caring for individuals with memory impairments, and in that time we’ve developed numerous best practices that have been adopted industry-wide.  How to Make Holidays Special for Someone with Dementia This time of year, we like to share tips for making the holidays enjoyable for a loved with dementia. This advice centers on keeping things simple and enjoying individual moments: How to Make Holidays Special for Someone with Dementia Avoid chaos. Rather than walking someone who has dementia into a room with 10 relatives, encourage relatives to engage in one-on-one conversation,

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10 Dementia Warning Signs to Look for During Holidays

Spending time with loved ones during the holidays means it’s easier to spot all of the small changes in behavior that could mean the early stages of memory impairment. While this can cause initial feelings of worry and panic, taking the time to understand the situation is the first step in providing your mother, father, grandparent, sibling or other family member the best care possible. These are the most common signs that dementia-related changes may be taking place in the brain: Memory lapses that disrupt daily life. Forgetting newly-learned information and important dates or events. Problem-solving and planning difficulties. Difficulty concentrating and

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GPS SmartSole® Is a Game Changer for Caregiving

GPS SmartSole® is a discreet trackable smartphone hidden in a shoe insole.  GPS SmartSole® is enormously helpful if you are worried your loved one may wander or get lost.  This patented product is a game changer for caregivers of people with dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism or other developmental disabilities. 60% of them will become “lost” at least once. 70% of those will become “lost” 3 or more times. 46% of wanders not found within 24 hours may die.  GPS SmartSole® is water resistant and sealed in a trim-able shoe insole. It uses GPS and cellular technology, is charged about every day, and

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