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Music, Alzheimer’s and Great Care Options

Alzheimer’s Care in Milford CT

Alzheimer's CareCaring for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be as complicated as some might assume. The signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are generally consistent, but they can affect different people in many different ways.

Memory loss is the most significant symptom of this particular form of dementia. It is likely the first symptom an elderly individual begins to experience for a year or more before they get to their doctor for proper diagnosis. In fact, most people have a tendency to dismiss memory loss as a product of aging and don’t think much about it until it begins to impact daily life.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s and there’s no way to prevent memory loss from becoming more significant and severe as the weeks turn into months and then turn into years. However, there are certain things seniors can do to help delay some of the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss, at least for a period of time.

Exercising the brain is one of the most effective ways to not only reduce one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s, but to also put off those significant aspects of memory loss for as long as possible.

The brain is a muscle.

The brain is a muscle, though it is not like every other muscle in the body. However, just like those other muscles, it requires regular and consistent exercise to stay as strong as possible.

The brain gets exercise through mental stimulation. Doing the crossword puzzle, for example, is one way to get decent mental stimulation. Playing strategic thinking games, doing puzzles, and even reading can all have a positive and powerful influence on the brain’s overall health and strength.

Music can also be a great stimulator, not just in the sense of studying it and listening to the intricacies of classical music, for example, but it can also inspire memories from a person’s younger years.

Playing music from a different era.

Seniors grew up in a much different musical error than what is popular on the radio today. The songs they may associate with their youth or young adulthood may not be popular on most radio stations. However, just listening to some of those old songs could spark memories they can share with loved ones, a professional home care aide, and even friends.

These memories are tapping into certain portions of the brain that generally don’t get a great deal of use. It’s a powerful way to stimulate the brain that can also be a great deal of fun.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Milford CT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare. Call today (203) 713-8446.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com
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