Many people with dementia, and those who care for them, are interested in exploring complimentary or alternative therapies to conventional treatments.  Please join us to discuss current trends, safety and effectiveness of the various options.  Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided at this complimentary event.

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Today, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, or “loss of intellectual function,” among people aged 65 and over. Typically, when we hear the words “dementia” and “memory loss,” Alzheimer’s disease comes to mind. However, dementia is actually the term for a collection of symptoms including memory loss, personality change and impaired intellectual…

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“To sleep perchance to dream.” Unfortunately, for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, the gift of sleep is itself often just a dream. Sleep is a vital human function that helps to restore us physically, cognitively and emotionally. However, according to the Alzheimer’s Association article, “Treatments for Sleep Changes,” people with Alzheimer’s disease frequently have sleep…

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Typically, behavior is an individual’s way of interacting and communicating with the rest of the world. One of the common behavioral changes caregivers experience in their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is his/her resistance and refusal to cooperate or comply with certain normal social activities and behaviors. Understandably, this can be very frustrating to caregivers…

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The physical, emotional and economic consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some degree of support and respite. A recent Commonwealth Fund study reported that 60% of family caregivers age 19-64 surveyed reported “Fair” or “Poor” health and one or more chronic conditions or disabilities, compared with only 33% of non-caregivers. Clearly, the…

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Given the challenges of the caregiver role today, the odds are good that if you’re caring for an elderly loved one you have increased stress in your life. “Caregiver stress” is defined as “a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude – from positive and caring…

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