Can Equine Therapy Improve Quality of Life in Individuals with Dementia?

At several therapeutic riding centers across the country, horses have been interacting with an unlikely group of visitors  ̶  people with early stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment and their caregivers. Interacting with … [Read more...]

Sensory Overload — How People with Dementia Are Impacted by Noise

At the age of 46, Kris Bakowski was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Kris has been blogging about her diagnosis since 2003 to advocate for awareness and help educate others living with the disease and their … [Read more...]

The Doorway Effect: Why Moving Can Be Especially Challenging for Those with Dementia

Q. The other day, I was watching TV when a commercial came on and I went to change channels, but the remote was nowhere to be found. I called my wife in the other room, and she told me that she thought she saw the remote in the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Travel Can Be a Form of Therapy for People with Dementia

Dear Hayek, I read that people with dementia have a hard time with change of location and routine. But I have also heard that travel can be a good form of therapy for someone with dementia. How can both of these things be … [Read more...]

Should People with Dementia Be Able to Die with Dignity?

Q. During a conversation the other night, my father said that if he was ever diagnosed with dementia that he wouldn’t want to live that way or burden the family. I know that Death with Dignity is legal in a growing number of … [Read more...]

Part 2: How to Respond When a Person with Dementia Asks if Someone Has Died

What should you do when your loved one with dementia believes someone who has been dead for years is still alive? When they ask about them, what do you say? When they think they see them, should you tell them the person isn't … [Read more...]

What It’s Really Like to Have Dementia: Fully Experiencing the Symptoms for Five Minutes of Your Life

Anyone who cares for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia knows that it can be a challenging experience. As the disease progresses, the symptoms can include aggression, wandering, and agitation. Changes in the … [Read more...]

Nearly 100,000 Dementia Cases Potentially Could Have Been Prevented with Better Eye Care

Q. A friend told me that vision loss is a risk factor for dementia, but that treating it can help lessen the risk. My mom never wears her glasses and may need cataract surgery but refuses to get her eyes checked. Her family has a … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Overlooked Risk Factors of Dementia

Dear Angel, I often read about new risk factors for dementia. One of them I recently read about was lack of motivation. What are some of the other overlooked risk factors for dementia? Is there any new research on mitigating … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can Digital Voice Assistants Help Detect Dementia?

Dear Hayek, Most people I know have some sort of digital voice assistant in their home, such as Amazon’s Alexa. I read somewhere that these speakers are helping to detect dementia. How does that work, and aren’t there privacy … [Read more...]

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