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Experts have known for years that music – particularly music people listened to in their impressionable youth – can comfort and benefit those living with dementia. A new movie, “Alive Inside,” actually shows music helping people with dementia as they listen to tunes from their youth. The title refers to how people with dementia appear to awaken in a sense when they hear familiar music. In the movie, an elderly man sitting slumped in his chair unable to recognize his daughter when she visits him. Later, he is given an iPod with headphones and seems to wake up or even come alive again as he sings and hums along with joy and enthusiasm. “It gives me the feeling of love, of romance. I figure right now, the world needs to come into music, singing. You’ve got beautiful music here,” Henry tells an interviewer. Prior to hearing the music, Henry was barely able to answer simple yes or no questions. Social worker Dan Cohen and neurologist and author Oliver Sachs, M.D. made the movie. Cohen is the executive director of Music & Memory (www.musicandmemory.org), a nonprofit organization that brings personalized music to the elderly and infirm to improve their quality of More >
With the projected increase in Alzheimer’s disease, more and more families will face the challenge understanding this disease and of helping the younger generation understand also what is happening to Grandmother or Grandfather who has dementia.
What do you do when grandmother lives in a retirement home and has Alzheimer’s? Regular visits from friends and family, children and grandchildren are vital to maintaining human connections, according to the National Institute on Aging. And the grandkids get to participate in the activities of the senior community and show off newly learned skills. But how do you explain what is happening to grandmother to the grandkids?
That is the premise behind a Parent to Parent article in Tuesday’s Charlotte Observer (October 23, 2012) by Betsy Flagler. When Homewatch CareGivers of Charlotte came across this article, we thought it was an important resource for our families and friends. As a leader in home care services to persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia, Homewatch CareGivers is always looking for tips and resources to share with our home care partners and families.
Betsy is a mother and preschool teacher. In her article she offers several books that can help “tap into the feelings that young children may have about grandparents with More >
It’s one sentence that changes lives forever. It will touch every member of the family and it means that going forward, nothing will be the same: “You have Alzheimer’s disease.”
When you, a loved one, or just a friend or neighbor hears those words, the people around them look for ways they can try to help. Below we at Homewatch CareGivers have assembled a variety of resources, tips and information that will help the entire family as you all move forward together. The Facts When people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the people around them may not understand exactly what that means. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50 to 80 percent of cases. There is no cure and it gets worse as it progresses. It is usually diagnosed in people 65 years old and older. However, there is a form of Alzheimer’s, called early onset, that can happen when people are younger. As the disease develops, many people experience the same symptoms. Early signs can be mistaken with as just “people getting older.” They include having difficulty remembering some recent events. As it advances, people living with Alzheimer’s disease may show similar signs: • Confusion • Irritability • More >