Dementia Activities Toolkit

Angie Szumlinski Health

This toolkit was developed to assist you, the caregiver, in creating unique activities that may help with keeping your “busy” residents occupied and in a happy place! Residents living with dementia may not be able to tell you they are lonely, bored, sad, depressed, etc. It is up to us to identify the symptoms of loneliness and boredom and address …

Cognitive Decline or Age-Related Hearing Loss?

Lisa O'Neill Health, Studies

Recent studies have shown that constant changes in the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for processing memory, play a role in increasing the risk of being diagnosed with dementia. In this study, it was observed that the greater the hearing impairment, the weaker the brain plasticity in the hippocampus, and the weaker the ability to change and adapt …

The Next Meal…Food for Thought

Lisa O'Neill Health, Studies

Researchers in France conducted a study focusing on diet, the combination of foods consumed, and the impact it may have on dementia. What the researchers found is that it wasn’t necessarily the quantity of food that was a determining fact in diagnosis, but rather food choices. The study participants were those living with dementia and patients with no symptoms or …

Prognosis – Living With Dementia

Lisa O'Neill Case Study

As the number of people living with Dementia increases around the country, researchers are taking a  deeper-dive into this dynamic, progressive disease. A recent study conducted in Ontario, Canada found that patients with a confirmed diagnosis in the early stages have approximately five years before they require a care home and/or succumb to the disease. Of course, a number of …

Depression in Dementia with Lewy Body

Residents Living with Dementia, Our Staff and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lisa O'Neill Health

Residents living with Dementia. These residents may require more supervision than the traditional assisted living resident. They may need to be reminded frequently to wash their hands with soap and water (this should be supervised), to stay in the common area and/or their own room/apartment (wandering can be an issue as the resident doesn’t understand why they cant move about …

Seniors doing exercises

Healthy Lifestyle Decreases Dementia Risk

Angie Szumlinski Studies

As caregivers for frail elders, we see the devastating progression of dementia on a daily basis. What if we could do something to impact the risk for developing this dreaded disease? A recent study conducted by Exeter Medical School in Exeter, United Kingdom used a “healthy lifestyle score” based on 4 modifiable lifestyle risks. The goal of the study was to identify if …

Frontotemporal Dementia – Heredity

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Approximately 40% of people with Frontotemporal Dementia inherited it. 15% of all dementia diagnoses are Frontotemporal Dementia. These numbers are significant for many reasons; however, a recent study identified that active lifestyles may slow the symptoms of the disease by providing some form of cognitive resilience to the consequences of brain degeneration. Per Kaitlin Casaletto, Ph.D., from the University of …

middle aged and senior woman

Don’t Blame Mom Anymore!

Angie Szumlinski Studies

We all have heard the joke “blame mom”, “it was mom’s fault”, but according to a recent study at the University of Michigan, you can blame mom for exposing you to stress as a child! Yep, the research (done on roundworms) found that experiencing stress early in life may make you better able to fight stress you might encounter later …

Statins and Dementia – Connection?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

A study funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) will help determine if statin use can prevent dementia and disability in those patients 75 years or older. It has long been said that the side effects of statins often outweigh the benefits (muscle pain, weakness, etc.). Maybe now we can contribute something positive to this important medication and weigh …

Hypertension Blood Pressure

Hypertension Could Lead to Dementia

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Recent studies have shown that people with hypertension in midlife have a higher risk of developing dementia. This study, although limited, may be important to you and the caregivers in your communities. Unfortunately, many of our residents are past midlife and this information may not be relevant to them. That said, it may be helpful for your staff, family members …