Caring Through Music

Caring Though Music: A New Short Film by CaringKind and Bang & Olufsen Caring Through Music documents the transformative power of music, and documents how relatives and caregivers use music to spark memories for people with Alzheimer’s. Inspired by research showing that music is stored in a part of the brain not affected by the same degree of memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s or dementia, Caring Through Music explores how music is being used as a tool to reconnect with memories of the past in the lives of those affected by these cognitive diseases. “The film is an honest, touching, [...]

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Reducing Risk

Unfortunately, there is no definitive, scientifically-proven way to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other causes of dementia. Scientists are working to identify risk factors, and ways of modifying those elements. Age, genetics, and lifestyle all may play a part. There is growing evidence that a combination of interventions, i.e., aerobic exercise, weight training, optimal sleep patterns, a Mediterranean diet, reducing stress, social and cognitive engagement can help improve overall health, including the cognitive health, of older adults. In the video below, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi o [...]

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Other Dementias

What is dementia? Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person’s functioning, to the most severe stage, when the person must depend completely on others for basic activities of daily living. Many conditions and diseases cause dementia. The most common cause of dementia in older people is Alzheimer’s disease. Other causes include different kinds of brain chan [...]

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Alzheimer's Disease: Treatment

How is Alzheimer's disease treated? Alzheimer's disease is complex, and it is unlikely that any one drug or other intervention can successfully treat it. Current approaches focus on helping people maintain mental function, manage behavioral symptoms, and slow or delay the symptoms of disease. What drugs are currently available to treat Alzheimer's? Several medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat symptoms of Alzheimer's. Donepezil (Aricept®), rivastigmine (Exelon®), and galantamine (Razadyne®) are used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's (donepezil can be us [...]

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Alzheimer's Disease: Diagnosis

What should I do if I'm worried about memory loss or possible Alzheimer's? If you are concerned about changes in memory and thinking or changes in senses, behavior, mood, or movement that do not seem normal in yourself or a family member (see Symptoms for more information), talk with a doctor. A doctor can administer a brief memory screening test that can help detect problems, and can also do a complete exam to find out if a physical or mental health issue is causing the problem. How is Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed? Doctors use several methods and tools to help determine whether a person who [...]

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