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Using Light Therapy to Help With Dementia

Using Light Therapy to Help With Dementia

Light therapy seems to be growing in popularity among wellness professionals and for good reason, too. The benefits are vast and varied, ranging from increased energy and better sleep to increased focus and lowered blood pressure. It’s also accessible,...
How Food Connects Us With Memories

How Food Connects Us With Memories

The science of the human brain is no stranger to scrutiny. The various neural pathways, segments, and chambers of the mind have been studied, bisected, and dissected to an exceptional degree. If you scour the internet, you’ll find the amount of information available...

Why Is Taste Memory Important

The science of taste is a fascinating case study. So many unique intricacies make the way we interact with food and drink deeply personal. It’s funny, we all have the same parts of the brain responsible for taste, yet we respond to flavors in wildly different ways....

Gustatory Memory: Can You Taste a Memory?

Have you ever taken a bite of something and realized instantly that whatever you put into your mouth just wasn’t for you? Maybe it was the texture or the smell. Or perhaps it was a salty bitterness that rubbed your taste buds (also called gustatory receptor cells) the...
5 of the Best Essential Oils for Dementia

5 of the Best Essential Oils for Dementia

Experts are hopeful that a cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia is on the horizon, and there’s been significant success in the development of treatments that may delay or slow the onset of symptoms often associated with a decline in cognitive abilities. Some of these...
4 Best Foods for Dementia Patients

4 Best Foods for Dementia Patients

Our nutritional needs evolve as we age. Older adults often need fewer calories but may require a greater level of nutrition. Several factors play a role in this shift: Activity levelsChanges in metabolismDeterioration of bone and muscle massHealth...

Why Is Smell Linked to Memory?

Many believe that smell has a more vital link to emotional memory than any of our other senses (sight, sound, touch, and taste). And it’s not difficult to understand why. The smell of freshly cut grass, the scent of sunscreen on the wind, the mouth-watering aromas of...
3 Music Therapy Benefits for the Elderly

3 Music Therapy Benefits for the Elderly

Music has healing, cathartic power. It’s an outlet for emotions and feelings that are difficult to communicate in words. Music can soothe, energize, and warm the heart. It’s no wonder music therapy has become such a popular therapeutic method for those providing care...
Sound and Memory Recall 101: How Does One Affect the Other?

Sound and Memory Recall 101: How Does One Affect the Other?

The impact of sound on the way in which we store and retrieve memories has long been an area of study for neuroscientists for decades. While there is still much to be studied and understood, here are a few interesting facts about the relationship between sound and...

A Guide to Sensory Stimulation for Dementia

Dementia and sensory stimulation are widely considered by experts to be directly linked. Let’s take a deep dive into the correlation between the two and discuss how they relate to each other: The world around us has a lot to offer. It’s a beautiful place filled with...
5 Sensory Stimulation Activities for Older Adults

5 Sensory Stimulation Activities for Older Adults

Sensory stimulation can be hugely beneficial for older adults. Our senses — taste, touch, smell, sound and sight — serve as our link to the world around us, and they all tell a different story to help us make ‘sense’ of our surroundings:  Taste Adults have...
When to Consider Memory Care

When to Consider Memory Care

Once a pillar of strength, your mom has grown fragile with old age.  You know it was inevitable that she’d get older, but watching her slowly become a shadow of her former self is a devastatingly heart-wrenching experience.  And we’re not just talking about...
The Best Memory Care Activities to Keep Aging Adults Engaged

The Best Memory Care Activities to Keep Aging Adults Engaged

As humans, we’re naturally curious. We’re always looking for new ways to interact with the world around us—and our natural inclination for connection and exploration never really fades.  Even as we grow older, our minds slowing and our bodies weakening, that pull...
What is the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

What is the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

When we talk about Alzheimer’s or dementia, you’ll often hear both terms used almost interchangeably. It’s understandable, considering the fact that they share a variety of symptoms. But while there’s definitely some overlap between the two, they both have vastly...
Does Medicare Cover Memory Care Facilities?

Does Medicare Cover Memory Care Facilities?

Finding the right level of care and support for a loved one struggling with dementia is a deeply personal experience. It’s a responsibility that carries an immense amount of pressure—especially when it comes to fronting the bill. There’s a lot that goes into factoring...