Memory Matters

At Miami Jewish Health, we are very passionate about the subject of age-related changes to memory and the mind. In fact, MIND Institute at Miami Jewish Health has been a leading center for the latest, state-of-the-art experimental treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and associated neurocognitive disorders for more than 20 years. In this section of our blog, we share our knowledge about keeping your memory sharp and your mind healthy as you age.

July 23, 2024

What Is Memory Care?

Memory care is a specialized form of assisted living for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias that provides 24-hour supervision, cognition-supporting activity programs, and help with activities of daily living within a secure, safe environment. Memory care can help people at any stage of dementia live fuller lives and maintain function for the longest possible time.

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March 14, 2024

Benefits of Montessori Programming for Dementia

Many traditional approaches to dementia care focus on managing the symptoms and behaviors of the disease, rather than enhancing the quality of life and the potential of the person. Fortunately, approaches like the Montessori method are shedding light on new ways to support seniors with dementia and improve their quality of life.

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January 10, 2024

Five Misconceptions About Alzheimer’s Disease

A type of brain disorder, Alzheimer’s disease impacts more than 6 million Americans. Signs of the condition may start gradually, such as forgetting recent events or conversations. To aid in the early detection and intervention of Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to separate facts from fiction.

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December 4, 2023

The Role of Lifestyle in Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

As we age, our odds increase for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. While there are some risk factors outside of our control (like age and genetics), others are determined by our lifestyle choices. Here are some of the potentially modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.

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July 24, 2023

What to Look for When Choosing a Memory Care Facility

Memory care offers a level of support similar to assisted living. However, the accommodations include more comprehensive services, cognition-supporting activity programs, specially trained staff, and a more secure environment – all of which enable a fulfilling lifestyle that can positively impact one’s rate of neurocognitive decline. When choosing a memory care facility, it is essential to consider the following factors in your decision.

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July 10, 2023

Tips on Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s not uncommon for family members to become their primary caregivers. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease at home – where the environment is familiar to them – is beneficial. However, it can also be very challenging. Establishing a daily routine, creating a safe home environment, planning engaging activities, improving communication, and planning for respite care will give you a roadmap in your caregiving journey.

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May 1, 2023

Advice for Moving a Parent with Dementia to Memory Care

Moving a parent with dementia to a memory care facility can be a daunting and emotionally charged experience for everyone involved. However, transitioning to memory care can also be an opportunity to provide your parent with the specialized care they need and help them live life better. If you’ve decided that memory care is right for your loved one’s needs, use these tips to make the process of transitioning to memory care as smooth as possible.

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April 24, 2023

Recognizing the Early Signs of Dementia

If you have a loved one who you suspect may be at risk for dementia, it’s important to understand the early symptoms so that you can seek medical care if necessary.

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April 3, 2023

The Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

Hearing loss is an ordinary part of growing older. Unfortunately, it can also be a warning sign. There is lots of research showing that hearing loss may greatly increase one’s risk for dementia.

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February 6, 2023

Encouraging Appetite in Loved Ones with Dementia

Dementia can cause a wide range of symptoms that can make eating difficult, such as declining motor skills and difficulty communicating. As a caregiver, one of the most common challenges of caring for people with dementia is ensuring that they maintain a healthy appetite.

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