We have designed the shopping experience of our store to make it easier for the Alzheimer's & dementia communities to find the products they need for their patients and loved ones.
You can choose to shop either by Stages (Early, Middle, Late), by Category, or Browse our entire store.
Proper nutrition can keep the body strong and healthy but regular nutritious meals may become a challenge for people with dementia. They may become overwhelmed with too many food choices, forget to eat or think they have already eaten.
1. Make mealtimes calm and comfortable.
2. Serve meals in quiet surroundings, away from the television and other distractions.
3. Keep the table setting simple and avoid plates, tablecloths and placemats that have lots of busy patterns that might confuse the person. Providing foods and plates in contrasting colors helps the meal look appealing and makes the food easy to find.
4. For those who find using utensils difficult, consider offering 'finger foods'. These may include sandwiches, fruit, bagels, muffins, chicken strips, fish sticks, raw vegetables, etc..
5. Use only the utensils needed for the meal.
6. Serve only one or two foods at a time. For ex; serve mashed potatoes followed by cooked meat.
7. Use simple, easy-to-understand instructions. For ex; 'Pick up your fork. Put some food on it. Raise it to your mouth.'
8. Focus less on being sure that the person eats balanced meals at each sitting and more on providing complete nutrition over the course of a day or a few days.
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Hearing loss when you're young could lead to dementia when you're old > READ ON
Support groups are regularly scheduled, free gatherings of persons who are providing care for persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. The primary purpose of these groups is to provide education and knowledge about the disease and caregiver skills. Groups remind caregivers they are not alone, give them a chance to say what they are feeling in a supportive environment, learn new strategies and resources in the community and foster support networks.
Aug 28th 7:00-9:00 pm
Aug 29th 6:00-7:30 pm
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Aug 30th 3:00-4:00 pm
Aug 31st 6:00-7:00 pm
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Sep 6th 2:00-3:00 pm
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Fox News: Many factors can contribute to Alzheimer's disease like lifestyle and environment. The rate of dementia increases once a person reaches age 65.
Genetics also play a role, but account for less than five percent of diagnosed cases. You're at higher risk if you have a first-degree relative with the disease, like a parent or sibling, but most of these connections are still unknown.
News-Medical: Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai and NeuroVision Imaging LLC have made it possible to identify the pathological markers of Alzheimer’s using retinal scans. These scans are non- invasive and could be performed routinely in future to detect this dreaded form of degenerative brain disease.
Forbes: Have you seen the stories about new tests for Alzheimer’s Disease that supposedly are just around the corner? The claims: A simple blood test, an eye test, even a smell test that could show whether you are at high risk for Alzheimer’s decades before you develop symptoms. They are promising, scary, and--so far--premature.
Webmd: Caring for a family member with a neurological disorder such as dementia is vastly more expensive than caring for a senior who is dementia-free, a new study finds. The average yearly cost of caring for a dementia-free senior is roughly $137,000. But the price tag rises to $321,000 for care of those struggling with dementia.
Reader's Digest:: Can you recognize some of the earliest signs of dementia? Perhaps you know a few common symptoms, such as memory loss or confusion while driving. But thanks to a team at McGill, University in Canada, there could be a new symptom that appears years before the disease affects a patient’s day-to-day life. According to their recent study published in the journal Neurology, the inability to distinguish between bubblegum and gasoline scents could be a new way to detect Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
End of Summer ~ Poetry Foundation
An agitation of the air,
A perturbation of the light
Admonished me the unloved year
Would turn on its hinge that night.
I stood in the disenchanted field
Amid the stubble and the stones,
Amazed, while a small worm lisped to me
The song of my marrow-bones.
Blue poured into summer blue,
A hawk broke from his cloudless tower,
The roof of the silo blazed, and I knew
That part of my life was over.
Already the iron door of the north
Clangs open: birds, leaves, snows
Order their populations forth,
And a cruel wind blows.
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Therapeutic Puzzles are an innovative, therapeutic solution for caregivers to create quality time with individuals living with Alzheimer's and Dementia.
These puzzles provide to caregivers a tool to communicate and connect. An added benefit is that it also often has a calming effect upon the person with Alzheimer’s and dementia. We’ve chosen images that will either spark a memory of a previous interest or can be used as conversation starters. The activity of putting the puzzle together affords the opportunity for both verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as, conversation and encouragement.
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