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Testing Smell and Sight Could Reveal Early Signs of Dementia

About One in ten people in the United States, age 65 and older, currently has Alzheimer’s or dementia. Changes in the brain due to dementia can start to happen many years before any sort of cognitive symptoms start to appear. Recent research suggests that we may be able to easily detect dementia in people years before symptoms have started to show by using simple and common eye and smell tests. Continue reading

Using Doll Therapy to Treat Alzheimer’s

There are currently several different types of therapies being used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. One new type of therapy that is gaining in popularity is doll therapy, where a senior with advanced Alzheimer’s or dementia is given a lifelike baby doll to care for. Supporters of this type of therapy say that caring for the dolls helps to engage seniors who are normally withdrawn and unable to participate in most other activities due to their advanced dementia. Many family members say that watching their loved ones play with the dolls gives them a deep feeling of comfort. Continue reading

Changes in Mom’s Sense of Humor Can Be Early Signs of Dementia

Often, with diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, the first signs and symptoms are subtle and are confused with normal signs of aging. So the diseases go unnoticed for many years. A recent study hopes to shed some light on one of the early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia, one that sometimes emerges years before any other symptoms: changes in a person’s sense of humor. Continue reading

How Poetry Can Help People With Dementia

Through stimulating, intellectual, and creative activities, people with Alzheimer’s and dementia can relax, communicate, and feel good about themselves. Art and music therapy are both proven ways of helping people with dementia that have been shown to trigger memories and calm people down. Likewise, people with dementia can benefit from another type of art: poetry. Through poetry, people with Alzheimer’s and dementia can practice language, writing, social, and recall skills. Continue reading

Eating More Seafood Could Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for humans. Consuming the proper amounts of omega-3s helps to lower your risk of coronary heart disease and improves your cholesterol. Some studies are even looking at omega-3s as possible treatments for cancer, depression, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Now, a new study has found two more reasons why you should add more seafood to your diet: diets rich in fish might help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, and the mercury that is found in fish does not lead to cognitive decline. Continue reading