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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 ...

Coping with caregiver stress

There’s no doubt about it: caregiving for someone with dementia is tough. On top of the usual caregiving responsibilities – making sure your loved one or client maintains a healthy diet, follows their medication schedule, engages in regular exercise, ...

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 ...

Students design products to help people with dementia

The Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge is a contest to create innovative products that help people with memory impairment maintain independence. A collaboration between Stanford and Aging 2.0 (an organization that supports innovations in aging ...

Advocates champion Alzheimer’s funding

This month, Congress passed a bill to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and caregiver support by $122 million. This move comes on the heels of efforts by more than 600,000 ardent Alzheimer’s Association advocates. Over the ...

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 ...

Provider names Alicia Seaver to 2014’s 20 To Watch

We are excited to announce that Provider Magazine has named our own Alicia Seaver, Executive Director at our Bridges community in Hingham, to its 2014 20-To-Watch list! Every year, Provider Magazine seeks out rising stars in the senior living ...

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 ...

Dementia and depression

By Dr. Brent P. Forester, MSc., Geriatric Psychiatrist, Bridges by EPOCH at WestfordDepression occurs in about 50 to 60 percent of individuals with all forms of dementia, including the Alzheimer’s type of dementia. Symptoms can include emotional ...
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