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How To Reach The Person Inside The Dementia
Jan 02, 2017 | Admin

If you've visited a retirement home or a dementia unit, you've likely noticed the perplexing behaviour of some residents. They repeat the same phrase non-stop or restlessly do one motion over and over, banging on a wheelchair or tapping their fingers on a table. Usually, a caregiver will redirect them or just ignore them because it seems meaningless. But what if it's not?

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6 Memory Problems That Shouldn’t Worry You
Dec 06, 2016 | Admin

It's normal to forget some things, and to become a bit more forgetful as you age. It's also normal to worry about forgetting. What isn't normal is forgetting too much. But how much is too much? And how can you tell whether your memory lapses are part of normal aging or a symptom of something more serious?

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Baby Boomers, Relax. It Probably Isn’t Dementia
Dec 05, 2016 | Admin

Memory loss, a possible symptom of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease, is usually associated with old age. But as a geriatric psychiatrist and head of a memory center, I am seeing more patients age 50 to 65 who complain of increasing memory lapses and other cognitive issues.

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What Boomer Clients Fear Most
Nov 14, 2016 | Admin

At a recent roundtable discussion with top advisors, I asked attendees to write down the biggest fear of clients in their 50s, 60s and 70s. The initial answers revolved around running out of money, whether due to unexpected health issues, inflation or the need to support parents or children.

Then we came to a woman who manages $500 million for 150 households. “For my clients, the biggest issue has nothing to do with money,” she said. “The nightmare scenario for my clients is developing Alzheimers and becoming a burden on their spouse, and especially on their children.

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The Weak Evidence Behind Brain-Training Games
Oct 03, 2016 | Admin
If you repeat a specific mental task—say, memorizing a string of numbers—you’ll obviously get better at it. But what if your recollection improved more generally? What if, by spending a few minutes a day on that simple task, you could also become better at remembering phone numbers, or recalling facts ahead of an exam, or bringing faces to mind?
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Complex jobs and social ties appear to help ward off Alzheimer’s, new research shows
Aug 04, 2016 | Admin

Work that involves complex thinking and interaction with other people seems to help protect against the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research presented Sunday at the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference in Toronto.

Two studies looked at how complex work and social engagement counteract the effects of unhealthy diet and cerebrovascular disease on cognition. One found that while a “Western” diet (characterized by red and processed meats, white bread, potatoes, pre-packaged foods and sweets) is associated with cognitive decline, people who ate such food could offset the negative effects and experienced less cognitive decline if they also had a mentally stimulating lifestyle.

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Gordie Howe will always be Mr. Hockey
Jul 01, 2016 | Admin

The nickname was perfect and simple, descriptive yet succinct: Mr. Hockey.

You didn’t need any other description. That was Gordie Howe. That will always be Gordie Howe. The Big Fella with the warm smile and the giant handshake.

His nickname was short, just like his hockey stick. It was compact, the way his rounded shoulders and elbows seemed to be. It was basic and easy, comfortable, just like his personality.

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