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What is the MMSE and How Does it Screen for Dementia?

Early diagnosis is crucial for providing appropriate care and support to those with dementia. Properly diagnosing this life-altering condition early allows the person with dementia to be more involved in decision making and planning for future care. This is crucial because unfortunately there will come a time when the individual won’t be able to recall short-term...

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Communication Tips for Speaking to Someone with Dementia

Caring for a senior parent with dementia can be a challenging and emotionally taxing experience. As adult children, we find ourselves navigating uncharted waters, struggling to communicate effectively with our loved ones who are slowly losing their memory and cognitive abilities. However, understanding the right way to talk to someone with dementia can significantly...

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How Does Music Affect Seniors with Dementia?

We all can agree that music is good for the soul. But how good is it for those with dementia? As seniors face the challenges of memory loss and cognitive decline, music has proven to be a therapeutic tool that can evoke memories, improve mood, and enhance overall well-being. If you are a caregiver to a senior with dementia, here are some indisputable reasons why music...

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Why Does Dementia Worsen at Night?

The short answer is dementia causes an upset to your loved one’s internal body clock, causing a biological mix-up between day and night. This causes further confusion and agitation for your loved one with dementia, as they may not understand why it’s dark outside when they believe it is the middle of the afternoon. This phenomenon, known as sundowning,...

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What Makes Memory Care at JCHC Different?

If you are looking into memory care for your senior loved one, you might be overwhelmed by all the options. Naturally, you must have many questions you’d like each community to answer. What if my loved one needs help in the middle of the night, will a staff member be there? How will I know if my loved one is safe in their apartment? Are there enough activities available...

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