Blog and News

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 ...

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 ...

Understanding the signs and stages of Alzheimer’s

An important part of recognizing and managing Alzheimer’s disease is understanding the signs and stages.In the earliest stages, many people struggle to distinguish between memory impairment and the memory changes that can come with aging. They may feel ...

Meet our team: Life Enrichment Assistant Abbi

Abbi has been a part of our team at Bridges by EPOCH at Westford since our community opened in June 2013. Initially, she started out as one of our certified nursing assistants, but earlier this year, she became our Life Enrichment Assistant.In her new ...

Can medications help treat Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Dr. Brent P. Forester, MSc., Geriatric Psychiatrist, Bridges by EPOCH at Westford Although hard for me to imagine, I was in medical school 25 years ago. Back then, we were taught little about how to assess Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and nothing ...

Bridges volunteer work highlighted in Hingham Journal

Volunteer work is rewarding no matter who you are, but if you have a memory impairment, it can offer you a renewed sense of purpose while also keeping you socially, physically and mentally engaged – all of which help stimulate the brain and delay the ...

Alzheimer’s and the family

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is unquestionably difficult for the whole family. Watching your loved one’s personality change and coordinating care with other family members all present challenges that can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are steps you can ...

Falling off the cliff: Dementia doesn’t worsen overnight

By Dr. Brent P. Forester, MSc., Geriatric Psychiatrist, Bridges by EPOCH at Westford Imagine the following scenario: Your mother has Alzheimer’s disease and is not only forgetful, but also easily agitated, especially in the late afternoon hours. She ...

The self-administered Alzheimer’s test

The latest Alzheimer’s news has been awash with stories about a simple pen-and-paper test that could help detect Alzheimer’s.Known as the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination, or Sage for short, the test is comprised of 22 questions and takes ...

Easing the transition to a memory care community

By Dr. Brent P. Forester, MSc., Geriatric Psychiatrist, Bridges by EPOCH at WestfordTransitioning to an assisted living community may be challenging to the individual with dementia, their loved ones and caregivers, and to the community who must help ...

Alzheimer’s signs may be present in childhood

According to a new study, individuals who carry a high-risk gene for Alzheimer’s can show brain changes as early as childhood—decades before the onset of the disease. The gene is called SORL1. Previous studies have shown that the gene may play a role ...

Singing helps people with dementia

A new study supports a growing body of evidence that suggests singing helps boost cognitive functioning for people with dementia. Over the course of four months, a group of researchers examined the impact of singing familiar songs on people with ...
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