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3 Things You Need to Know about Neuroplasticity

Science used to believe that once a person had reached adulthood, the brain stopped growing. The thought was that, regardless of changes in stimuli, connections between neurons were stable and unchanging. Under this model, an injured or diseased brain would incur irreparable damage.

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Can the Right Movie Make a Difference for Seniors with Alzheimer’s?

We've previously discussed on this blog the potential memory-preserving benefit of listening to familiar music for seniors with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia spectrum disorders, and how memory care specialists are increasingly turning to music therapy as a method for promoting the conservation of cognitive function.

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A Year in Review: The Biggest Alzheimer's Developments of 2014

Dementia and cognitive disorders like Alzheimer's disease are of major concern to senior healthcare experts. Back in 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month— a month dedicated to raising the public profile of Alzheimer's and other dementia sufferers, and also dedicated to promoting research on new treatment methods and more effective memory care measures.

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How Frequently Is Dementia Misdiagnosed?

Though cognitive disorders like Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease are commonly encountered in senior health care, dementia is nonetheless difficult to diagnose. Often, dementia is a diagnosis of last resort, once more acute conditions like strokes or chemical imbalances have been ruled out.

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New Alzheimer's Research May Revolutionize Senior Health

Alzheimer's disease is a notoriously difficult cognitive disorder to deal with. For people in the advanced stages of the disease, little other than providing supportive care and memory care can be done — there is no known cure and, to date, no known medicine that could be given to reliably slow its advance.

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Are Video Games the Next Great Brain-Training Tool?

Perhaps the last thing you might expect the average senior to do is to play video games. The arcade world is one most often relegated to the younger generations. Most seniors, who did not grow up living with multi-button controllers and the constant visual stimuli inherent to modern gaming, seem to have difficulty playing well, or even in picking up the basics. Indeed, most are put off by the complexity.

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