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A Magical Musician

We are blessed with having so many wonderful staff at Bridges by EPOCH. One of them is James Cesar. James has been with us since we opened in June 2012, and he has a multitude of talents that he bestows upon our residents. James works in ...

Recognizing and dealing with caregiver stress

If you are a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia, it can be both a rewarding and overwhelming responsibility. If you get to the point when you are feeling overwhelmed, you may be putting your own health at risk. There are a number of ways ...

Tips on visiting people with Alzheimer’s

Visiting a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be challenging. Family members always wish for visits to be comforting and meaningful, but as dementia progresses, finding mutually enjoyable ways to spend visits can become increasingly difficult. Following are ...

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a statement this week that sums up well the background behind designating November for Alzheimer’s awareness and the many things our ...

Massage and Alzheimer’s

Massage therapists can bring a unique perspective to the care of people living with Alzheimer's by highlighting the role of compassionate human touch in satisfying human needs on all levels. Relaxation techniques such as massage show promise to decrease ...

Getting an accurate Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Alzheimer’s is a challenging and emotional disease. If you recognize any warning signs in yourself or a loved one, you should consult a physician for a complete assessment. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other disorders causing dementia is an ...

Pet therapy for Alzheimer’s sufferers

In assisted living facilities, hospitals and private homes throughout the country, pets are commonly used for therapy with senior citizens. Owning a pet has been correlated with lower blood pressure, increased activity and socialization, and even ...

The importance of consistency for people with Alzheimer’s

Every 69 seconds, another American develops Alzheimer’s disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. In Massachusetts, 120,000 individuals age 65 and older have ...

Aromatherapy for Alzheimer’s patients

Essential oils from plants have been used therapeutically for centuries to improve physical and mental health. Ancient Egyptians used them as perfumes, and there are many references in the Bible to their use in mental and physical healing. A limited ...

The importance of early detection

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are profoundly life-changing conditions, which is why early-detection is so important. The sooner a person is formally diagnosed, the more time they have to seek effective medical and psychological ...

2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held each year in more than 600 communities across the U.S., this inspiring event calls on ...

Tips to prevent wandering

People living with Alzheimer’s or dementia frequently become lost. Common triggers for wandering include searching for someone or something; reliving old memories; or suddenly not being able to recognize familiar surroundings. Though whatever ...
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