ElderCarelink Blog

Brain food for elders: exercise and mental stimulation

by Dorian Martin
April 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am

One of the things I’m really thankful for is that Dad’s mind is still intact. After caring for my mother during her losing battle with Alzheimer’s disease, I’m relieved that I don’t have to negotiate that slippery slope again. However, Dad does periodically have memory lapses, which I think have been caused by different issues, such as sleep issues or misuse of some of his medications.

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Could nicotine improve Mild Cognitive Impairment?

by Carol Bursack
January 30th, 2012 at 10:05 am

Nicotine as administered through a medical patch, rather than a tobacco product, was shown in a recent study to have some benefit for nonsmokers with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Not everyone with MCI goes on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but many people do. Therefore, the interest in studying mild cognitive impairment is intense.

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Memory fitness plan: Improve your ability to pay attention

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
January 8th, 2011 at 7:29 am

Paying attention is essential to the recall of information. If the information does not register, how can you expect to retrieve it later? Day 2 of the memory fitness plan emphasizes being in the present moment, not thinking of what just happened or something you need to do next.

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New Year’s Resolution: Create a Memory Fitness Plan

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
January 1st, 2011 at 9:08 am

It is always interesting to hear what resolutions people are making. Since I work with people of all ages who complain about their memory, I decided to create a seven day memory enhancement program, focusing on a different area each day of the week. Maybe this technique will appeal to you as you focus on incorporating strategies for memory fitness as well as successful aging.

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Forgetfulness and Memory Etiquette – Part 1

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
September 7th, 2010 at 10:12 am

What are your thoughts when you see someone for the first time in years and your friend is noticeably more forgetful? Perhaps the person is struggling for words or losing their train of thought. Maybe he or she is repeating stories or forgetting the answer to a question you have already given several times. Perhaps someone close to you had Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and you worry that is what might be happening to your friend.

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