It may come as a surprise to you that those with mid to later stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia may not remember that it is Thanksgiving! People with Alzheimer’s disease are living in the moment. Their days and weeks run together and they are not counting the minutes until they see you again. Granted, they may still be able to give details of forty years ago that may surprise you, but their short term memory is no longer processing new information. Family members often feel
Team Angels for Alzheimer's had a great time this past Saturday at the Alzheimer's New Jersey Walk to Fight Alzheimer's Southern Regional Walk in Point Pleasant Beach. We are so proud to be supporting such an amazing cause that is very near and dear to our hearts. We walked for all of our precious residents past and present as well as our family and loved ones. You still have time to donate!! Please click the link below to our Angels for Alzheimer's team page and make your do
New insights into a specific gene variant may help to explain why some Alzheimer's drugs work in certain people but may fail in others. The findings call for a more personalized approach to drug testing. An individual's genotype may explain why some Alzheimer's drugs work and others fail, new research shows. Earlier this year, a study led by Dr. Kinga Szigeti, Ph.D., who is the director of the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center at the University of Buffalo, NY, f
Here at Alcoeur Gardens, we pride ourselves in truly treating our residents like family. We are always learning more and more about who they are everyday. We recently had a lovely conversation with one of our residents Annette who gave us a little look into who she is and shared her incredible cheesecake recipe! Keep reading to see a message from Annette and to get her recipe so you can try it for yourself! "Hi, my name is Annette and I grew up in Toms River. I belong to St.
We have had so many fun things going on at Alcoeur! Our residents have been trying out new art activities and loving it!!! They have created so much amazing art work that we have proudly displayed throughout our homes to decorate for the fall season. We have also had some amazing musical performances and even Reiki therapy! We also had the pleasure of celebrating our lovely Mae's 101st birthday! Mae looked absolutely beautiful and had such a great time at her party! Take a lo
Which words are easier and harder for people with dementia? When finding the right word or comprehending a complex phrase becomes difficult, helpful research gives clarity on which word types work best. Scientists say they have a better understanding of why people with Alzheimer's struggle to recognize and understand words - and their research has the potential to be developed into a test which could help clinicians make an early diagnosis. Word Compla
Researchers and caregivers have noted that excessive daytime napping can develop long before the memory problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease begin to unfold. Prior studies have considered this excessive daytime napping to be compensation for poor nighttime sleep caused by Alzheimer’s-related disruptions in sleep-promoting brain regions, while others have argued that the sleep problems themselves contribute to the progression of the disease. But now UC San Francisco sc
How can music help people who have Alzheimer's disease? Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer's disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease. For example, music can: Relieve stress Reduce anxiety and depression Reduce agitation Music can also benefit c
September is World Alzheimer's Month! This campaign is every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. September 2019 marks the 8th World Alzheimer's Month. The campaign was launched in 2012 and World Alzheimer's Day is on the 21st of September each year. Here at Alcoeur Gardens, our daily goal is to provide the best quality care for those who are afflicted with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. We understand the difference
3 ROOTS OF ALZHEIMER'S:
Columbia University researchers have pinpointed 3 discoveries about Alzheimer's: Where it starts Why it starts there How it spreads. Learn why this can help researchers treat Alzheimer's sooner and better.
Using high-resolution functional MRI (fMRI) imaging in patients with Alzheimer's disease and in mouse models of the disease, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have clarified three fundamental issues about Alzheimer's: where
Do you know a person with dementia or memory problems who is refusing offers of help? Here are a few ways to support someone who may be in denial about their situation. It is common for someone living with dementia to deny that they are experiencing issues with their memory or other aspects of cognition. This could be due to denial or lack of insight. Similar to denial, lack of insight means that a person with dementia is unable to recognize changes in their behavior and per
What Causes Sundowning? Frustration or Chemistry? In "SUNDOWNING SYNDROME," people with dementia show high levels of anxiety, agitation, overactivity and delirium. It typically occurs in late afternoon and evening, before their normal time to go to bed. Learn how brain biology explains “sundowning.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Valuable research provides the best evidence to date that the late-day anxiety and agitation sometimes seen in older institutionalized adults, especially thos
Coping with the stresses of being a caregiver can take their toll, but learning effective coping mechanisms and having a group of supportive and knowledgeable people to talk to in a safe space can help! Join us Thursday July 11th at 10am for a free seminar presented by Alzheimer's New Jersey and hosted here at Alcoeur Garden's Toms River facility - all are welcome! Caregivers, healthcare workers, family and friends of people caring for those with Alzheimer's or other forms of
WHY do we need to FIGHT for additional research and treatments? We need to better understand how Alzheimer’s unfolds. The brain is a complicated organ. Because it’s so difficult to study while patients are alive, we know very little about how it ages normally and how Alzheimer’s disrupts that process. Our understanding of what happens in the brain is based largely on autopsies, which show only the late stages of the disease and don’t explain many of its lingering mysteries.
A person who has dementia may exhibit challenging behaviors for many reasons. Being sensitive to the emotion behind the behavior can help to manage stress and frustration. Seek a doctor’s advice to determine if there is a medical cause or if medications are causing adverse side effects. Limit outside noise, clutter or the number of persons in a room. Keep to the same routines. Reduce caffeine intake. Do not move objects and furniture. Dot the environment with familiar objects