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20 things to know if you love someone with dementia

Beverly sitting in her chair at her memory care facility

Let’s face it. Sometimes it’s hard to love someone with dementia. My mother has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. After several years of providing more and more care for her at home, she moved into a lovely memory care facility.

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Incorporating Exercise for the Elderly for Physical and Mental Benefits

Exercise for the elderly - chair exercises

No matter your age or physical condition, your body needs to move to stay healthy. Exercise for the elderly is one of the most important means of keeping not just bodies in tip-top shape — it helps keep minds healthy, too. And for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, stimulating the mind is key to slowing down the progress of mental decline, by clearing out amyloid plaques and repairing neural connections, according to recent research.

Harness the Transformational Power of Music, Especially During Stressful Times

The power of music - A grandfather and grandson enjoying music together

Few would deny the power music can have on emotional and mental well-being — even physical health. Studies have shown that music can not only boost mood and reduce stress, but listening to certain kinds of music may also improve mental function in patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Alzheimer’s: How to Make Mealtimes Easier

A package containing a Hershey's bar, Reese's peanut butter cups and a Kit Kat bar

My mother, who has Alzheimer’s, loves chocolate. She always has, as far back as I can remember. She would never buy herself just one chocolate bar, opting for the entire box instead. She went through phases. For a long time, it was Hershey Bars, which she liked to eat soft and nearly melted. When she switched to Peanut Butter Cups, she preferred them icy cold from the freezer.