Beta-Glucans…What are they and what benefits do they provide?

Beta-glucans are carbohydrates, or sugars, found in the cell walls of some plants such as oats and barley. Beta-glucans are one form of fiber called soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is recommended by Registered Dietitians to help improve cholesterol levels. Scientific...

Translating Assessment Information into Person-Centered Care

The Requirements for Participation (ROP) emphasize person-centered care which is care focusing on individual needs, interests and preferences. The activity professional learns early in their career that the activity assessment is the foundation of the therapeutic...

Holiday Tips

The holidays are often filled with opportunities for togetherness, sharing, laughter, and memories. But they can also bring stress, disappointment, and sadness. A person living with Alzheimer’s may feel a special sense of loss during the holidays because of the...

Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Developing Dementia

Some of the detrimental effects of heavy alcohol use on brain function are similar to those observed with Alzheimer disease (AD). Although alcohol use may be a risk factor for AD, it is difficult to study this relationship because of similarities between alcoholic...

Will I Get Dementia?

It would appear that “Dementia”, in its milder forms, is nothing more than a mild loss of memory. In its more severe, but still mild, forms, it can take the guise of mild disorientation; sometimes so mild that one is not even aware of being disoriented. The milder...

Wandering and Dementia -Aspects and the Risk of Falling

Wandering, a complex motor, cognitive and behavioral disorder, is a common symptom among patients with dementia. A contemporary definition for wandering is: “A syndrome of dementia-related locomotion behavior having a frequent, repetitive, temporally disordered,...

Managing Chronic Pain in Patients with Dementia

Chronic pain affects 1.5 billion people worldwide, an estimated 100 million of whom live in the United States. Yet we currently have no effective treatment options. Fortunately, research advances have determined some of the ways in which chronic pain changes the...