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    How to use music to help a loved one with dementia

    Posted 06/11/2019 by Fallon Health

    Music can be a powerful tool for those taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Try these tips for using it to reduce agitation and anxiety, increase lucidity and enable your loved one to communicate with you more clearly for a short period.

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    Reconnect to someone with dementia through the power of music

    Posted 04/23/2019 by Fallon Health

    As a caregiver, you can take advantage of the power of music to help your loved one generate more enthusiasm for life or a sense of calm. Music’s effects don’t last forever, but you may find that it can “light up” your loved one for a little while. 

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    Looking for the good after an unexpected diagnosis of rare dementia

    Posted 02/19/2019 by Fallon Health

    "There’s no way to be ready for some of the things life throws at you," says Margaret Doyle, who was diagnosed with an unusual variant of Alzheimer's disease at age 52. "There’s no treatment and no cure. We just have to figure out what we need to do to be prepared and fight it as much as possible."

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    A caregiver perspective on recognizing dementia and building a support circle

    Posted 11/06/2018 by Fallon Health

    Seeing signs of dementia in a loved one can bring up emotions ranging from denial and confusion to anger and fear. In this post about her journey as a caregiver, Lisa Marrone describes her initial response to changes in her mother's behavior and how important it is to look for support after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

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    How to choose a nursing home

    Posted 07/10/2018 by Fallon Health

    Finding a nursing home for a family member or friend is stressful for all involved.

    Focus on the practical issues at hand to make it a little easier, says Lisa DeWitt, RN, of Fallon’s Summit ElderCare program. Lisa has advice for you on what to look for and how to evaluate a facility.

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