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Hoarding Behavior and Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on June 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Deborah Bier, PhD, director of special populations

Hoarding is a complex, difficult to solve situation. It requires a deep understanding of the situation, the underlying causes and how to create workable solutions that include all stakeholders. No two cases of hoarding are the same. In fact, there are several conditions that include hoarding behavior as a symptom.These include: 
  • Schizophrenia
  • Diogenese syndrome
  • Isolated syllogomania
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Various types of dementia
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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

5 Common Myths About Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on May 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM


According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by the end of life, 1 in 3 elders will have some form of dementia. Despite the large number of people affected, there are still many misunderstandings and myths about dementia. Knowing more can help us better understand and care for those who live with dementia. This article will address five of the most common myths.

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Topics: Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Dementia and Difficult Behavior

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on March 1, 2016 at 11:30 AM

When people think of “dementia,” it is natural to next think “memory loss.” What we may not be prepared for is how other behaviors can change and even become difficult to manage. In fact, it is these difficult behaviors that families report as more troublesome than memory loss.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Making the Grade: The Link Between Elementary School Performance and Dementia

Posted by ComForCare on November 11, 2015 at 3:15 PM

The new school year is well underway and the first report cards will be out soon. Most children started off to elementary school with new backpacks, shiny three-ring binders and pencils sharpened in hopes of academic success. Parents also work to promote good learning, with the understanding that their children’s school performance can influence future co-curricular activities, college choices and vocation.

It turns out that those elementary grades may carry more weight than most parents realize. Some recent research suggests that how well kids do in school may be an indication of how their brains will function as they grow old.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

Remember Me

Posted by ComForCare on September 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Did you know that September is World Alzheimer’s Month? During this month, one of the goals is to raise awareness throughout the world about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This year’s theme is Remember Me.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

Creating Happy Memories for Dementia Patients and Loved Ones

Posted by ComForCare on March 17, 2015 at 9:17 PM

Originally posted on ComForCareFranchise.com

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

Five Dementia Early Warning Signs

Posted by ComForCare on March 2, 2015 at 9:07 AM

Dementia is most commonly thought of as a disorder that affects memory functions. However, dementia may cause other symptoms that are unrelated to memory that can be easy to miss, especially in early stages. Understanding some common early warning signs of dementia can help seniors and their family members to seek medical help early.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

Important Dementia Caregiving Techniques for Families

Posted by ComForCare on January 8, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Dementia causes challenges and changes for the whole family of the individual that receives the diagnosis.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

Understanding and Respecting Dementia

Posted by ComForCare on December 16, 2014 at 8:05 AM

When symptoms of dementia begin to manifest and a dementia diagnosis is made, it can be daunting for an individual. Feelings of vulnerability and inadequacy often accompany a dementia diagnosis. Treating a person that has received a dementia diagnosis with respect and compassion may help to assuage these feelings.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

How the Body's Choline Levels Affect Dementia

Posted by ComForCare on December 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

A study done by the Boston University of Medicine indicates that there is a link between the nutrient choline and improved memory function. Choline has been found to increase communication between brain cells. This reaction has resulted in the use of choline in many dementia medications. Certain commonly used medications have been found to decrease levels of choline, however. The study showed that loss of choline is associated with impaired cognitive function, which may worsen dementia symptoms.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

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