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Awakening memories with music

Have you heard of Alive Inside? This inspirational documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he tries to revitalize memory-impaired individuals with music. Cohen travels to nursing homes where he creates personalized playlists for the residents, ...

New Alzheimer’s facts and figures

The Alzheimer’s Association released the 2014 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures report. The 63-page report details everything from the prevalence of Alzheimer’s by state, gender and age, to the impact on caregivers. Here are some figures from the report at a ...

Reason to hope, part III: Where we are now

By Dr. Brent P. Forester, MSc., Geriatric Psychiatrist, Bridges by EPOCH at WestfordAfter two blogs building readers up for the promise of preventing Alzheimer’s, it is time to tell you about where we are now (finally!). There are two trials I want to ...

Yoga and exercise help combat Alzheimer’s

Many studies have found exercise to be an effective method to combat the progression of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. In fact, it can even reduce your risk for developing memory impairment, according to a recent study from the University of ...

Meet our team: Peg Kelly, Wellness Supervisor

Even on her days off, Wellness Supervisor Margaret Kelly—we call her Peg—is always thinking about the community. If someone needs more of their favorite body wash, for instance, Peg will pick it up for them on her own time. If a resident is very sick, ...

The link between sleep and Alzheimer’s

Researchers have long known that people with Alzheimer’s disease experience difficulty sleeping, struggling to fall asleep and/or stay asleep. But in light of several new studies, researchers now suspect that Alzheimer’s may not just cause poor sleep, it ...

A reason to hope, part II: Where we are now

By Dr. Brent P. Forester, MSc., Geriatric Psychiatrist, Bridges by EPOCH at WestfordLast month I “blogged” about the current state-of-the-art in terms of approved treatments to slow (but not prevent) the inexorable decline in cognition and daily ...

Meet our team: Kate Mullen, Programming Assistant

When Kate Mullen walks into work at Bridges by EPOCH at Hingham, she says the residents always smile and greet her with a hug. “That you don’t see in the corporate world. The residents don’t have any filters.” Over seven years ago, before Kate began ...

Would you take the Alzheimer’s test?

If you could find out right now whether or not you will develop Alzheimer’s, would you do it? That question has been cropping up a lot lately around the development of a promising Alzheimer’s blood test. Although the test is still a few years ...

A reason to hope, part I: Where we have been

By Dr. Brent P. Forester, MSc., Geriatric Psychiatrist, Bridges by EPOCH at WestfordToday, June 11, 2014, the Alzheimer’s Association will bring together many supporters to discuss the current state of research exploring the causes of Alzheimer’s disease ...

Alicia Seaver wins Mass-AFLA Excellence Award

Congratulations to our own Alicia Seaver, executive director at our Hingham community, for winning the 2014 Executive Director Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association!Every year, Mass-ALFA honors the executive who ...

Gene boosts memory

Researchers from the Gladstone Institute and the University of California, San Francisco recently discovered that a variant of the KL gene helps improve learning and memory. The variant, KL-VS, increases levels of the protein klotho in the bloodstream ...
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