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10 Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients to Stimulate Their Brain

Posted by admin on August 15, 2017 - Alzheimer

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No one wants to end up with a debilitating disease, particularly one like Alzheimer’s. Are there are steps that can be taken to slow the disease’s progression?

Experts say the main thing people can do to prevent or slow down Alzheimer’s disease is to stimulate their brain.

Whether a person is in a care facility or receiving home care services, brain stimulation activities can and should be done on a regular basis.

Why Brain Stimulation Is Vital in Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s disease frustrates doctors and those in the home care services industry to no end. There is currently no cure. And the medications currently on the market aren’t doing much to halt disease progression.

That is why brain stimulation is one of the top recommendations of those in the healthcare industry. So far, this seems to be the only thing that has provided any hope of preventing or slowing the disease.

According to Time magazine, researchers have found that stimulating brain activities might not halt the actual disease, but it can slow down the appearance of symptoms. In other words, those with the disease won’t seem as forgetful or experience forgetfulness as frequently.

10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Caretakers

We highly recommend engaging in stimulating activities on a regular basis. Daily mental exercise can help us save our brain cells and stay mentally sharp.

These activities can be done just about anywhere. So, if you or your loved one is receiving adult day care or home care services – these activities can still be done.

1. Sing or Play Music

The goal here is to bring back memories. Lyrics and melodies can affect the memory part of the brain tremendously.

2. Work on Puzzles

We love puzzles because they’re like exercise for the brain. A person has to exercise their problem solving ability, as well as making sense of the shapes to complete the picture in front of them.

3. Read the Newspaper Together

This may not seem like a big deal, but reading is also a form of mental exercise. Reading about current events can help stimulate both memories and emotions as well.

4. Do Activities Around the House

Even someone who isn’t very strong physically can play a part in household chores. Helping with making lemonade or cookies, folding laundry, or planting some flowers gives a person a sense of accomplishment.

5. Do Something Artistic

Taking up an artistic hobby can work parts of the brain that might not have been utilized frequently in the past. Artistic hobbies can include drawing, painting, sculpting, even coloring in a coloring book.

6. Engage in a Conversation

Many Alzheimer’s patients remember their past better than their present. Engage those memories by asking about their life as a youngster.

7. Learn a Language

This doesn’t need to be complicated. Learn a few phrases together in a different language. Practice together daily. And make sure to have fun with it!

8. Sorting Objects

Whether they’re pictures, different shaped/colored blocks, pillows, or books – sorting can help give the brain a workout. It’s similar to working on a jigsaw puzzle. We’ve also found that being able to provide help with organizing in this manner helps a loved one feel like they’re being useful.

9. Play Word and Number Puzzles

Crossword puzzles, word searches, Sudoku, and other types of games help keep the brain focused.

10. Make a Scrapbook

A scrapbook project can work multiple parts of the brain. It’s a creative project, it’s a sorting/organizational project, and the pictures can help stimulate the person’s memory as well.

Keep Your Loved One Mentally and Physically Healthy with Fun Activities

Stimulating the brain with fun and interesting activities will keep the brain healthy for a longer period. The same can be said of the body – the more physically active a person is, the longer they’ll be strong and healthy.

We urge families make their physical and mental health a priority. Go on walks, ride your bike, or take a hike in the fresh air. Play fun, mentally stimulating games together. And always encourage each other to do all in your power to stay healthy.

Whether you or your loved one is receiving home care services or is in a senior daycare facility, remember – with a little bit of daily effort, there is hope that full cognitive abilities may be engaged.

Does your loved one need a helping hand? Please contact us right away to see how we can help.

Atlanta Senior Care: Tips for Traveling with Alzheimer’s Patients

Posted by admin on August 01, 2017 - Alzheimer

Once a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, life feels incredibly different. Things you may have at one time taken for granted aren’t as easy as they used to be. Even something as simple as traveling in the car with your loved can now be trickier than ever.

This can make life as a caregiver incredibly difficult and frustrating – emotions that often result in both guilt and burnout.

To make life easier on both you and your loved one with Alzheimer’s, here are some travel tips. Putting these tips into practice will take some of the stress off of you and make your journey with your loved one much more enjoyable.

Atlanta Senior Care Guide to Car Travel

Here are five tips that will make traveling easier for caretakers and patients.

1. Visit Places That Are Familiar

The first tip for people to know about traveling is whenever possible, loved ones should only be taken to familiar places. This disease causes a lot of anxiety. Being in a new city with all of its distractions and mental stimuli can feel overwhelming for an Alzheimer’s patient.

If it’s possible, take the patient on trips that will bring back happy memories – like their hometown or a favorite city. Rural trips can be nice, too, as they provide an opportunity to travel at a slower, more relaxed pace.

2. Bring Along the Patient’s Medications and Important Documents

It’s difficult to say what tomorrow will bring. Therefore, it’s important to plan as much as possible for what could go wrong. This includes packing all pertinent paperwork on a trip.

This paperwork will inform doctors, nurses, and others of you’re loved one’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, needs, condition, and what should be done if there’s an emergency.

Whenever traveling, always include:

  • Emergency contact information (the caretakers, the individual’s primary care physician, and an emergency contact back home)
  • A list of current medications, as well as the doses of those medications
  • Food allergies
  • Travel itinerary
  • Insurance information.

And of course, make sure to pack their medications for the trip!

3. Have a Support System in Place at Your Destination

At home, many caregivers have a support system. They have a support group, in-home care services, adult day services, and helpful friends and family members.

While traveling, though, many caregivers forget to put a support system into place at their destination. If you travel to an area with  friends and family – that’s great!

However, this isn’t always the case. Ask friends if they know of anyone in the city you can get in touch with if you need support. Or, find an Alzheimer’s support group or home care services that can provide assistance while you’re visiting.

4. Allow for Plenty of Rest

Alzheimer’s and the anxiety it causes are extremely exhausting . Add traveling on top of those things and the exhaustion will get even worse. Rest is vital for both the caregiver and the loved one with dementia.  Make sure to rest when anyone is  feeling tired or overwhelmed.  Try not to be in a hurry.

5. Make Sure Your Loved One Is Wearing an ID Bracelet

One of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s is wandering. You’ll obviously do all you can to prevent this from happening. But just in case it does, make sure your loved one is wearing an ID bracelet. These bracelets will provide the name of the patient, emergency contact information, and notification that the patient has Alzheimer’s. We recommend having these bracelets on at all times – even when not traveling.

In-Home Care Providers Can Make Caretakers’ Lives Easier

As our loved ones age, we want to spend as much time as possible with them. Even when our loved one is struggling with a disease like dementia or Alzheimer’s, we want to do all we can to help them remember the great times they had. Traveling can help stir old memories and emotions.

But with dementia, traveling isn’t always easy. Follow the tips provided and get extra assistance from your home care services team. With a little extra help and some practical planning, your time in the car with your loved one can be a beautiful experience.

Do you need assistance caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s? Please contact us to find out how we can help. Together, we can ease your stress and provide your loved one with optimal care.

Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Senior Home Care

Posted by admin on July 19, 2017 - Alzheimer

The senior years are supposed to be the golden years. All too often, though, they come with serious illnesses, including Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Life goes by swiftly and it is easy to let certain things go by without giving them the attention they need. This can be said both of healthcare and legal issues.

All too often, getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia takes the patient and their family members by surprise. They simply weren’t expecting it. Time flew by and they didn’t have time to plan.

This can lead to some sticky situations in terms of legal ramifications. Instead of being caught unprepared, it’s vital to start making provisions early, just in case issues like dementia arise. The better prepared you and your family are, the more likely your loved one’s needs – including senior home care – and desires are fulfilled.

Legal Provisions for Senior Home Care

While your loved one is still in good health, physically and mentally, plans should be made for the future. A medical directive and/or living trust can be created in an effort to protect the senior and help them live a happy, healthy life in their older years.

If your loved one is adamant that they don’t want to be put into a senior care facility when they’re older, having that down in writing will help protect them legally.

Granted, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients need special care. If this is even a possibility, you and your loved one need to have a conversation – and put down in writing – what is an acceptable level of care. If they don’t want to be in a care facility, would they welcome senior helpers like a home caregiver?

Home care would allow your loved one to be well cared for while giving you and other caretakers a break.

If senior home care is desired over being placed in a healthcare facility, this needs to be outlined in the medical directive or living trust.

Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s and Dementia – What You Need to Know

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, a patient can still make important legal decisions. Not only will these decisions protect their interests, their health, and their money – it’s a great way for them to feel empowered while dealing with the unknowns of their disease.

When considering their legal needs, you and your loved one should consider the following.

  • Naming Someone to Make Decisions: When dementia or Alzheimer’s have progressed, the patient will not be capable of making sound decisions. They need someone who can make decisions for them. Choosing this person should not be taken lightly. Not only should it be someone that’s trusted, it should be someone who is familiar with and willing to put into practice the patient’s wishes.
  • Medical Needs: The patient needs to decide what type of medical procedures they’re willing to have later in life. Some patients don’t want to have surgery after a certain age. Others do not want to be resuscitated. It’s vital to get clear on these decisions and put them down in writing.
  • Money and Property: A large portion of the time spent on legal matters will be spent deciding how to protect property and wealth. These things should be well-protected while your loved one is still alive and be distributed according to their wishes.
  • End of Life Decisions: These decisions include burial decisions and who will be beneficiaries of their estate.

How to Provide Your Loved Ones with the Very Best

As your loved one gets older, it’s imperative to start legal conversations while they’re still healthy. There’s no greater stress than having to deal with legal issues when someone is not 100% well.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients experience a lot of confusion and anxiety. You can help reduce their anxiety by helping them reach legal decisions early.

Another way you can help them is by having a discussion regarding senior home care. Having senior helpers – like a home caregiver – come to their home regularly will ease their mind and yours. And it is one way you can ensure they’re receiving the best possible home care during their senior years.

Are you interested in learning more about how senior helpers can assist loved ones dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s? Contact us today for more information.

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Dementia Care Dos & Don’ts: Dealing with Dementia Behavior Problems

Posted by admin on June 15, 2017 - Dementia

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Dementia is a commonly misunderstood disease that impacts millions of people every year. The numerous misconceptions about dementia contribute to the widespread notion that dementia is a confusing illness to learn about and understand.

Dementia is not an illness in and of itself. Rather, dementia is a broad term used to describe a spectrum of symptoms related to the decline of cognition, memory, and thinking skills. The deteriorating effects often impact the ability for individuals to perform basic tasks and engage in everyday activities.

Common types of dementia include, but aren’t limited to, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. While the forms of dementia may vary greatly, the common denominator that collectively links these forms is the sharp decline in cognitive functionality. Individuals suffering from dementia experience an array of debilitating symptoms where there is a decline in intellect, rational thought, normal emotional reactivity, social skills, and memory.

The multitude of symptoms experienced by individuals afflicted with dementia often makes them powerless in terms of living healthy, normal lives. Unable to act or react appropriately to people, places, and a wide variety of things, dementia sufferers often feel lost and alone. Understanding the symptoms and experiences of those who carry the burden of dementia will help you to better assist these individuals.

Read on below to learn about how you can help those struggling with dementia, as well as the dos and don’ts of dealing with dementia-related behavior and its many associated challenges.

Aggressive, oppositional, and violent behaviors

Aggressive, oppositional, and violent behaviors are among the most difficult behaviors to deal with when it comes to caring for those with dementia. Dementia in the mid-to-late stages can often present behavioral problems that can prove to be difficult and frustrating.  It is important to know this sort of behavior is actually an agitated response from the individual to the feelings of sadness, anger, confusion, and paranoia

Aggression is trigger-based. Often, those suffering from dementia will be triggered by feelings of physical and emotional discomfort. The feelings of discomfort can arise with the presence of unfamiliar situations and being forced to do things that the person does not want to do (ex. take a shower). It is important to remember that aggression is born from fear and as a response to feeling frightened, people with dementia will often exhibit aggressive behavior on a verbal and physical level.

Do: Identify the causes behind aggressive behavior and shift the focus in a calm, respectful, and caring manner.

Don’t: Don’t force the issue that is provoking the aggressive behavior from the person with dementia. Using force will only serve to worsen the situation by escalating the level of fear that the person feels.

Aside from dealing with the critical issue of violent behavior from those suffering from dementia, there are strategies that you can implement to make life far easier for both yourself and for the person you are taking care of.

Listed below are some easy things you can do today to help facilitate your caretaking experience:

  • Do: Use redirection as a means to calm and soothe. People suffering from dementia often become unpredictable, anxious and upset. Using redirection as a way to calm and sooth the person will make both of your lives easier by providing a much more manageable experience.
  • Do: Brighten a dementia sufferer’s day by encouraging the recall of happy memories and engaging in activities that are familiar to the person.
  • Do: Pay attention to the memories, activities, and strategies that prove to be effective with the person suffering from dementia. When you discover a concept that works to make the caretaking experience more manageable for you both, take note of it and use the strategy for future implementation.

While there are plenty of things you can do to make the experience of caring for someone with dementia significantly easier, there are also a few things you should not do.

Listed below are some critical things you can avoid during your caretaking experience:

  • Don’t: Do not take things personally. A person with dementia will almost inevitably say hurtful things, engage in harmful and violent behavior, and act in ways that make little sense to the people around them. Remain aware of dementia’s nature and don’t take the words and actions of a dementia sufferer to heart.
  • Don’t: It is futile and fruitless to escalate arguments. Don’t engage in an argument with a person suffering from dementia. Doing so will only serve to escalate the situation and increase levels of tension and anxiety within the person with dementia. Remember that dementia sufferers are often not operating on logic and rationale.
  • Don’t: Don’t try to use the concept of logic with a person who has dementia. With dementia, a person’s brain begins to operate on a different plane. Feelings are paramount to dementia sufferers; they want to feel content and comfortable within their surroundings. Remember that before trying to employ logic in what will inevitably be a losing argument with the person suffering from dementia.

Caring for someone with dementia can be a daunting task that is both exhausting and confusing. Knowing the right strategies to use and the critical things you should avoid can serve to make your caretaking experience significantly easier. Using a calm and relaxed approach with the strategies above will serve to help you take the best care possible of a person with dementia.

Visit skylarkseniorcare.com today for more information, tips, and advice about dementia day care.  We are also available via phone at 404-975-2848 and through email via our website’s contact form.

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Do Sensory Rooms for Dementia Work?

Posted by admin on June 08, 2017 - Dementia

senior care for dementiaSensory rooms are one of the newest trends in the constantly evolving field of dementia treatment methods. Designed to promote feelings of comfort and happiness, sensory rooms relieve the pain and stress associated with dementia while also serving to improve the dementia sufferer’s ability to focus, communicate, and remember.

Filled with specially-designed components, sensory rooms provide an auditory and tactile experience for those with dementia. Soft and gentle lighting combined with soothing, pleasant music, and pleasing aroma impart calming and stimulating sensations.

This gives those suffering from dementia an invaluable way to interact with the world around them in a safe and non-threatening manner, sensory rooms are highly unique environments.

Types of Sensory Rooms

Sensory rooms can vary greatly in terms of size, the number of components within them, and the quality of those components. Rooms can range from high-tech enclaves featuring cutting-edge technology throughout, to more basic rooms which rely on tactile objects, comfortable furniture, and simple yet engaging objects.

As a result, no two sensory rooms are exactly alike; each one is a unique collective of objects, equipment, and furniture designed to enliven, engage, and provide interactivity.

Sensory rooms can include things like sound beams, bubble tubes, fiber optic light sprays, stuffed animals, weighted blankets, squeeze balls, bean bags, acrylic mirrors, and a variety of small tactile objects in an array of materials.

The multifaceted environment found in sensory rooms can serve to engage multiple areas of the brain, which is a crucially important concept for dementia sufferers requiring the utmost assistance with memory retention and information absorption.

Through opportunities to improve balance and movement, sensory rooms also help to develop a person’s visual processing abilities as well as their motor skills

Providing a Sense of Calm

One of the most important aspects of sensory rooms is the sense of calm and comfort they provide. Dementia sufferers often experience intense anxiety, fear, and stress which are hard to mitigate with any other means except for the highly unique experience provided by a sensory room.

Letting a stressed and anxious dementia sufferer spend time in the colorful, engaging, calm, and comfortable environment of a sensory room will immediately alleviate the burdensome feelings they feel and work to give them a sense of peace and happiness.

Less common but highly desirable equipment found in sensory rooms include things like a contact-free musical instrument that individuals can communicate and express themselves with, vibrational acoustic learning chairs that offer built-in music capabilities, soothing vibrations, and a comfortable bean-bag like construction.

Benefits of Sensory Rooms:

Improved mood Increased interpersonal interaction
Declined frequency in disruptive, violent, aggressive, and oppositional behaviors. Unrestrained, non-threatening space to explore at one’s own leisure
Decreased anxiety; provides immediate relief through distraction, interactive play and exploration, and comfortable surroundings that provide serenity and calm Provides caretakers opportunities to observe effective methods to arouse or calm certain individuals and to see their particular likes and dislikes
Decreased fear Develop and engage the senses
Improved  patient-caretaker communication Boost confidence and autonomy
Increased happiness and sense of well-being Rich and diverse experience
High level of therapeutic efficacy Improved language and social skills
Provides better standard of care Patient-centered individual approach
Low-risk, non-invasive therapy Reduces reliance on medication

Common Components Found in Sensory Rooms:

Bubble tubes featuring an array of colors and lights Fiber optic light sprays
Acrylic mirrors Wide selection of soft play tactile toys and objects designed in an array of materials, colors, and textures
Easy chairs with built-in music functionality Sound machines featuring nature and water sounds
Surround-sound stereo system Interactive, brightly-colored statement objects (ex. Jumbo Love Bug)
Projectors (for visual imagery and movies) Low stair steps
Soft floor mats Sound beams

If you are looking for advice on dementia day care or some more information on locations contact us today at 404-975-2848 or through our website’s contact form at skylarkseniorcare.com.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Treatment and Home Care Options

Posted by admin on March 30, 2017 - Adult Day Care

We all can be forgetful.  As we age, our memory and our cognitive abilities change.  Many elderly citizens may experience a slight loss of memory.  When memory loss becomes more pronounced and  affects one’s daily life and functionality, it could be a symptom of dementia.

As we age the risk of developing dementia increases, but dementia is specific and can be diagnosed. Many things can cause memory loss, cognitive decline, hearing loss, or dementia-like symptoms, which are caused by something else entirely.

What is Dementia?

The term “dementia” refers to a general decline of one’s mental ability which is prominent enough to disrupt one’s daily routine and life. Dementia is the generic term for memory loss. There are many different causes of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common causes.  Stroke is another common cause of dementia.  Thinking, planning, recalling, and engaging are all skills that can deteriorate over time because of dementia.

Each person experiences dementia differently.  For some, especially if stroke is the cause of the dementia, the individual might experience a relatively static decline.  Subsequent strokes may well increase memory loss.

For others who have dementia caused by Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or Louis Bodies disease, the memory loss is likely to become progressively worse.  The rate of decline is different for each individual who goes through dementia. For some, the rate of mental decline is very quick, but for others, it may take many years to observe significant changes.

If you or a loved one experiences symptoms of dementia or general memory loss contact your doctor for treatment recommendations.

Causes of Dementia

There is a wide range of causes which can alter the brain resulting in dementia. Some of the common causes are listed below:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Head injuries
  • Strokes
  • Tumors

In rare instances, dementia can be caused by a factor which is treatable. Below are some of the most treatable causes of dementia:

  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Underactive thyroid gland (Hypothyroid)
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Fluid build-up on the brain
  • Depression
  • Incorrect medication dosage and mixing pharmaceuticals

People on strong prescription drugs can often seem to become more and more forgetful or absent-minded because of the chemical combinations in their brain. This can be caused by a combination of prescriptions, OTC, vitamins, and other supplements. Speak to your doctor about the cognitive medication side effects or symptoms and how to increase cognitive abilities in your day-to-day life.

Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia

Dementia can take form as Alzheimer’s disease but does not always do so. Alzheimer’s is a specific form of brain deterioration which affects memory, speech, cognitive abilities, and functionality in daily life. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s will get worse over time and will eventually require supervised care for the individual. Medication is available for treatment which will help to slow the symptoms and progression of the disease plus increasing the longevity and quality of life.

Care Facilities

Over time, those who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s will require more and more care. Many dementia patients who suffer from severe memory loss will eventually require long-term care in a specialized living environment. However, before that is necessary, options are available to provide home care or adult day care.

The features and benefits of an adult day memory care center, in Atlanta or elsewhere, are the services which are provided. Social programs, physical exercise programs, and medication management are all standard operations of a memory care center.

The Atlanta area has some of the best senior care and adult day care centers in the state of Georgia. However, relocating yourself or a loved one is not always necessary. In fact, staying in a familiar setting can be very beneficial in maintaining a safe and caring environment for someone who is suffering from signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Seek out senior home care providers near you to see what services and options are available.

If you live in metro Atlanta, one such senior home care service which specializes in memory care is Skylark Senior Care. Call a representative of Skylark Senior Care to discuss how you or your loved ones daily life can be improved by a home care professional.

Through adult day care, home care, or a combination, Skylark offers seniors the choice to stay in their homes while receiving treatment. The Skylark staff will work with the care receiver to create an individualized treatment plan specific to one’s individual needs and desires.

Skylark Home Care

(404) 410-1510
4265 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite B
Johns Creek, GA 30024

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Senior care facilities in metro Atlanta empower senior citizens to stay active in their daily lives. This can give the gift of a maintained integrity and self-image in the later stages of dementia. Residents of memory care centers interact in a supervised, comfortable, and dignified environment.

The memories which we cherish are never lost or forgotten as long as we continue to give love and care to the ones who need it. There is no cure for dementia, however, there are treatments available and care facilities which can increase your loved one’s quality of life and integrity through these challenges. Consider home care and adult day care facilities in metro Atlanta, which can make a world of difference.

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Home Care: How Music Therapy Helps Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Posted by admin on March 26, 2017 - Alzheimer

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Music is a powerful tool. Research has shown music stimulates neurons that span the brain. Brain functions which have no obvious connection to each other are stimulated by music.

For people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the effects of music therapy as a treatment possesses incredible proven potential and results. Even in the late stages of Alzheimer’s patients have shown amazing results of increased memory recall and cognitive brain function.

Music therapy can positively affect mood, assist in stress reduction, stimulate sedentary brain functions, and enhance motor functionality. This is also a therapy patients can practice in the comfort of their homes with the assistance of a senior home care service and certified music therapist.

Sound therapy is a well-established health profession which is backed up with many years of clinical research. It is implemented to treat a wide range of neurological conditions for patients of every age range. Every music therapist treating Alzheimer’s has completed an approved bachelor’s or master’s degree program, completed an approved six-month clinical internship, and passed the practitioner certification exam.

Much like doctors and lawyers, to maintain their license to practice music therapists must maintain their board certification through continuing education. Any music therapist who is practicing at, or being consulted by, a senior home care service or adult day care center in Atlanta, has obtained their license to practice as a therapist and to treat clients in the state of Georgia.

How Does it Work

Though there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, the reason neurologic music therapy or sound therapy is so effective as a treatment for Alzheimer’s or dementia patients is because it taps into what makes a human a human.

Mankind has progressed as a species, in the main part, due to our ability to communicate through language. Music is a creative outlet of the brain’s categorical mapping of speech based rhythmic structures. The same specificity of diction in our communication gives rise to music as a mastery of the articulations of sound. Since the roots of what we have defined as music are in verbally-based communication, the brain is wired to respond on a subconscious level to sound waves and beat patterns.

Therapy sessions and the songs or music played vary on account of the therapist and needs of the individuals. Most therapies combine the use of familiar music and specifically structured harmonic sound treatments along with symbiotic exercises and practice.

Brain responses, which are based on rhythm, do not require conscious mental processing ability to respond. The brain responds to music and all other rhythmically-based cues from the motor center which responds directly and automatically, like breathing.

Late stage Alzheimer’s patients who are suffering from severe memory loss have been known to sing along to a song that they have known for many years without the disease interfering.

The vast goal of music therapy is on strengthening the cognitive recall and memory-based brain functions in patients through bypassing the impaired cognitive functions altogether and using the rhythm-based recall ability to improve the overall brain functionality.

How to Find a Practitioner

There are music therapy practices in every state and all major cities across the country. Many sources exist on the Internet to discern between treatment centers you might be looking at.

Another good resource is a local university or psychiatrist’s office. If you want a human recommendation, one can often find resources in those places to assist. The most direct contact may be from a senior care facility, adult day care center, or senior home care service.

A senior home care service in Atlanta will likely be able to refer a therapist in-house or a consultant whom they use frequently. Since music therapy is a treatment for a wide range of medical applications, there are many independent clinics which specialize in music therapy. In Atlanta, here are some below:

To seek advice on the right music therapist for you in the Atlanta area, contact Skylark Senior Care and talk to a representative who can assist you with a recommendation. Skylark Home Care offers an in-home patient care service and in conjunction with a certified music therapy treatment which can help improve you or your loved one’s quality of life.

Skylark Home Care

(678) 646-0600
4265 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite B
Johns Creek, GA 30024
Home Service Areas in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area

Clinical Research and Findings

In a study, published in 2006 by the Juntendo University School of Medicine, the results showed music therapy can be used to target and lower blood pressure. In another group, focusing on people with dementia, music therapy significantly decreased depressive tendencies in patients and yet another found positive data showing singing has an immediate effect on recall abilities in later stages of dementia. This is just one of the many examples of clinical data proving the practical viability of music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients.

In 2000, a study was published in the Journal of Music Therapy which examined the effects of how music therapy and language interact. The study comprised 26 Alzheimer’s patients from a Senior Memory Care Facility which specializes in Alzheimer’s disease. Participants were put into one of two groups: either a music therapy group or a discussion group. Conversations were stimulated through pictures and authors affirmed the validity of music therapy as an effective treatment for speech content and fluency in Alzheimer’s patients.

The American Music Therapy Association, states, “Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music intervention to accomplish individual goals within a therapeutic relationship…”

The organization also states music therapy can assist in the treatment of many issues. It promotes wellness and can help to manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve language and communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.

Let us know in the comments if you have used music therapy treatment and seen the same results.

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3rd Annual Casino Night to Support Alzheimer’s

Posted by admin on March 01, 2017 - Alzheimer

Come help the LMK Foundation.  They have provided many grants for respite care (such as home care, adult day services, or residential services) to families across the Metro Atlanta region caring for loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

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“We’re on a roll” – 3rd Annual Casino Night sponsored by the LMK Foundation at the Marietta Country Club March 11, 2017 from 7 -10 pm. Funds raised are used to assist caregivers caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s/dementia. Come out and enjoy drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and playing different games of chance. There will be raffle items, silent auctions items and a live auction. For more information visit www.lmkfoundation.org or call 770-779-0821 or register here.

The Laona M. Kitchen foundation was founded by Gary Kitchen in honor of his mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s.  The mission of the Foundation is to aid caregivers of those who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, through a voucher program, community education, and assistance with applying for VA Benefits.  To achieve this mission, the Foundation will:

Support families in need by providing funds for short-term respite care to give caregivers a break to re-energize for their responsibilities or to allow them to attend to other needs requiring time away from caregiving. This can be done by utilizing in-home care companies, adult day care facilities or assisted living facilities.

Promote education to support organization who increase awareness to the public in need of these services.
Provide specific guidance in accessing VA death pension benefits to help pay for the care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Support various organizations so that those organizations can continue to provide support, guidance and care options to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Fund chosen research organizations and related projects.

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Why Adult Day Care is Great for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Posted by admin on July 01, 2016 - Adult Day Care

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The onset of Alzheimer’s or Dementia can be a very stressful and distressing time for a senior citizen and their family. As a caregiver, you will have little time for your other daily tasks.

We recommend that you consider adult day care centers. Having professionals look after your loved one for a few hours is often the best option.

The Benefits Adult Day Care Centers Offer

The centers help families in trying times. We completely understand if you want to look after a loved one on your own. The problem, however, comes down to time and experience.

Seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia need to be watched over constantly to stay safe. It’s difficult to attend to other responsibilities during the day with a loved one with dementia by your side.  Yet, if left alone for the day, there is the danger that the stove will be left on, she might fall, or he might escape from the home.  Dealing with the effects of these illnesses can also be difficult.  Experience  is also helpful.

Caregiver Benefits

Family members often find little time for themselves when taking care of someone else. That goes double if they have a job.

Over time, stress builds up. It can become hard balancing your caregiving duties and personal life. Caregiver health often declines, making it more and more difficult, if not impossible, to care for a loved one.

Adult day care centers give you much needed free time. You can relax and do other things. You also have peace of mind, knowing that experienced professionals are looking after your loved one.Adult Day Care Centers

The adult day care may also offer transportation, meals, and have weekend hours. You will no longer be stressed out and overwhelmed by tasks.

Senior Benefits

Alzheimer’s and Dementia often lead to a decrease in social contact and even isolation. That can be detrimental to one’s health and cause depression.

Adult day care centers are places where the elderly can talk and do different exercises. The staff watches over them and makes sure they are happy and healthy.

Some establishments, ours included, offer several services. For example, we offer Memory care services.  Look for activities and outing that are specifically modified for the cognitively impaired. There is room to wander.  The staff is comfortable in calming stressful situations.  Such activities help them deal with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Adult day care centers are made to cater to the unique needs of its clients. If your loved one has any medical issues or problems resulting from Dementia, the staff will help them.

How Day Care Centers Help the Elderly

Each center offers different services. You can also expect diversity in the daily activities. This is to keep Elders engaged with meaningful activity and warm friendships.

These activities can vary from light exercises to outings and games. People with Alzheimer’s can also have access to therapy, arts, and mental exercise programs.

Nutrition is also a important factor of health. Day care centers have many meal options. Typically, therapeutic dietary needs are met in consultation with the physician and nursing staff.  This way, everyone is satisfied, regardless of dietary needs.

Besides numerous activities people can take part in, there is also the social aspect. Your loved one will form new bonds. Surrounded by friends, they can try out new things, chat and have fun with other senior citizens.

Companionship is priceless. Your loved one can form many new relationships while staying safe and healthy at the center.

Are There Other Options?

While there are many options to help with elder care needs such as nursing homes, assisted living, home care, adult day is a great option to use in caring for your loved one.

Adult day care centers offer you flexibility. You will still be able to care for your loved one. The center will only help. This way, they are happy, and you still spend time with them.

To know for certain what would work best for them, visit the adult day care yourself.  We welcome you and your loved one with open arms.  Contact us and learn how we can improve their life.

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