Older minds retain more information, residents suing CCRC, a third of patients are harmed during treatment, and the worst aspect of dementia

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Older minds retain more information.

Residents are suing Vi, a CCRC chain over the use of their entrance fees.

One third of nursing home patients are harmed during treatment.

One of the worst aspects of dementia: Sometimes patients don’t even know that they’re ill.

Memory Care Communities

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Note: This post originally appeared at Cariloop.com.

If your loved one is having problems with Alzheimer’s or dementia and caregiving is becoming too much to handle, you might consider a memory care community: 

Memory care is specifically designed for dementia patients.  Most memory care communities are specifically laid out for patients suffering from dementia.  You’ll likely notice hallways designed so that there are no dead-ends.  There might be photo and memorabilia boxes on the walls to help residents find their rooms.  You might also notice locks on the exterior doors and windows to prevent residents from wandering.

Lots of memory care communities offer special activities for dementia patients.  Some research suggests that memory and brain function can be improved by doing certain activities like math and puzzles.  Although special programs for memory are a relatively new phenomenon, more communities are adopting memory-centered activities.

Not all memory care communities deal with the same levels of care. For instance, some patients become combative or sexually promiscuous and need different settings to be comfortable.  Most communities don’t have staff that are trained in handling these behaviors, so you’ll need to call around to find the right facility.  However, most communities will give you some idea of the services they offer when you call.

Blood pressure & Alzheimer’s, making the move to assisted living, caring for dementia patients, and a lawsuit against a retirement community

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Common blood pressure meds can cut the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Figuring out when a loved one needs assisted living can be tough.

Learning to care for a dementia patient is slightly easier now: there’s a free online course for it.

Holiday Retirement is being sued by veterans for misleading advertising claims.

 

Married 75 years, died a day apart, naked ESPN photos, longer disability and early stage dementia

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True love: A couple born on the same day and married for 75 years die a day apart.

Gary Player, the 77-year-old former sportsman, posed naked for ESPN.  I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

As people live longer, they’ll need to be prepared for longer periods of disability at the end of life.

The worst news I’ve heard all week: Some people who feel like something “isn’t right” with their memories actually have early-stage dementia.

Blood sugar, exercise & dementia, living wills, and moving to “hip” neighborhoods

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High blood sugar has been linked to dementia.

Exercise is the best medicine researchers have found for dementia.

Should you have more than one set of living wills if you live in multiple states?  An elder law attorney discusses the matter.

Boomers are moving to hip “young” neighborhoods.

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