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Cognitive Impairment During the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by Laura Silverstein in Alzheimer's & Dementia

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unexpected situations and stress for people worldwide. Individuals with cognitive impairment, such as dementia, may encounter even more significant challenges due to their diagnosis. Dementia caregivers need to address this new normal with their clients and loved ones carefully. 

Dementia has not been identified as a risk factor for COVID-19, just like dementia does not increase the risk for flu or pneumonia. But, dementia-related behaviors and challenges can increase risk. Some of these include increased age, comorbidity -the presence of more than one illness present in the same person at the same time-, non-adherence to medication or treatment plans, and other common issues. 

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Fostering Human-Animal Connections during COVID-19

Posted by Jodie Berman, CTRS in Alzheimer's & Dementia

While physically distancing from loved ones can be challenging, people are finding ways to remain socially connected even while being apart. Animals and their impact on our lives offer a variety of therapeutic value, improving our health and happiness and play a significant role in creating caring environments. Those of us who own pets or have lived with animals know they bring us so much joy and unconditional love. Animals make us laugh and smile in addition to providing comfort when we are sick or upset.

The therapeutic use of animals is a broad concept that includes phrases like animal-assisted therapy, animal-assisted activities, companion animals, resident animals, and service animals. Those of us who own animals have our pet names and consider our animals to be a member of our family. The use of animals to improve the lives of people living with disabilities, including those living with dementia, have a wide variety of benefits. There are benefits of animal-assisted Interactions for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related illnesses such as:

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The Secret Ingredient

Posted by Jodie Berman, CTRS in Alzheimer's & Dementia

"Happiness! That is the secret ingredient." Those are the words of Betty*, who has been baking homemade apple pies for over 60 years.

Baking is a newly revived passion for Betty and her caregiver Michelle. Being in the kitchen connects their mutual passions, creates a positive environment, and awakens the senses.

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Aggressive Behaviors in Dementia-affected Individuals

Posted by Funda Fernandez in Alzheimer's & Dementia

Dementia is a disease that affects the brain and its functions. Many times, the person living with dementia will have an understanding that their mind is not “working the way it should.” They feel helpless, frustrated, and angry with their limitations. There is often a lack of awareness of their own physical and mental capabilities. These complex emotions can lead to agitation, anger, and frustration with their caregiver. These feelings can then spill over to verbal and physical aggression if not identified and appropriately managed early on. 

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Memory Loss and the Holidays

Posted by Katie Siegel in Alzheimer's & Dementia

Whatever holiday you celebrate, whatever your traditions are, one thing we all share during this time of year is a house full of family, friends, and, let’s be honest: a little bit of chaos. Whether you’re hosting or going to someone else’s home this year, if you’re caring for someone with memory loss, you might be feeling a little anxious about how your loved one will behave and even about how others will react towards him/her. Well, rest assured: we’re here to give you a few tips on how to help you, your loved one and your family enjoy the holidays, even with memory loss present in your life. A little planning ahead can go a long way.

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AFA & True Care: Artist in Residency Workshop with Jodie Berman

Posted by Kelly La Rosa in Alzheimer's & Dementia

Last month we announced True Care’s cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America as part of their Artist in Residency Program generously supported by a grant from the Louis & June Kay Foundation. True Bridge -True Care’s memory care program dedicated to empower, encourage, and engage individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other cognitive impairments- sponsored a four-week workshop under the instruction of Jodie Berman CTRS, True Care's Director of Programs and Engagement.

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