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Music and Alzheimer’s: What is the link?

By Miles Hurley | November 29, 2022

Eighty-eight-year-old Alice has advanced Alzheimer’s disease. She is non-verbal and lives in a memory care community. The community invited a pianist to play holiday songs for the residents. To everyone’s surprise, when the first few chords of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” began, Alice clapped her hands and hummed along!  How can this be?…

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Engaging Learning for Retirees

By Miles Hurley | September 13, 2022

Aaaah, retirement. For some, the mere thought of it conjures up visions of relaxing on the beach with a pina colada in hand, but for others it invokes feelings of dread. In reality, getting the most from retirement is hard work. It requires us to take a long, hard look at ourselves and decide how…

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Increasing Social Interaction for Seniors and Offsetting Cognitive Decline During COVID-19

By Miles Hurley | August 19, 2020

Professionals who work with seniors have long realized that social isolation leads to cognitive decline. Widespread awareness of this significant healthcare issue has increased due to COVID-19.  Our clients are noticing it with their loved ones, and here at Hurley Elder Care Law, we are noticing it with our own families. What are the options…

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Athletes Face LBD Danger from Contact Sports

By Hurley Elder Care Law | August 8, 2018

Dem Sports athletes may be at increased risk for Lewy Body Disease (LBD) which can then cause Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that leads to problems with movement and thinking. A new study by VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank just published in the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, suggests that sports athletes may be at increased…

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Symptoms and Statistics of Parkinson’s Disease

By Miles Hurley | April 30, 2018

Parkinson’s Awareness month has ended for 2018, but the search for a cure is continuously  being sought. The Michael J. Fox Foundation, is urgently working on a cure. The purpose of setting aside this month of April was to bring awareness to Parkinson’s and to help people become mindful of their well-being. The more information…

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Alzheimer’s Diagnosis? First Things First

By Miles Hurley | April 23, 2018

Your mom got the dreaded diagnosis! What do you do first? Start by contacting your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; ask for guidance and use their printed information. Locate a geriatric care manager, doctors specializing in dementia, adult day care services and respite care services. Eventually you will want to investigate memory care facilities…

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The Sleep-Loss Epidemic

By Miles Hurley | January 5, 2018

Dr. Matthew Walker, a self-described “sleep diplomat” earned his degree in neuroscience from Nottingham University, UK, and his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council, London, UK. He subsequently became a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, USA. Currently, he is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He…

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Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Hurley Elder Care Law | October 13, 2017

Not all persons who have Alzheimer’s disease are alike, making it difficult for both the family and doctors. Knowing the various signs or stages of the disease helps one to cope and offer the most effective help. There are seven stages of the disease, as follows: Stage One has no signs. The disease is undetectable.…

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You Can Participate in Brain Research

By Hurley Elder Care Law | October 2, 2017

There is an opportunity to take a 10-minute online test, part of a research study to understand how memory changes as people age and how genetics are involved in the process. The goal is to learn more about the connections between memory and aging and to be able to understand brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s…

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Name Confusion-Normal or Dementia?

By Hurley Elder Care Law | September 15, 2017

  Do you ever get confused and call Bill’s room John’s? Sometimes, our memories get all mixed up, especially in homes we have lived in for a long time and children have switched rooms. Do you say: “Susie, I mean Mary, I mean Joanie, dinner is ready.” “Oh, what’s your name?” Don’t be concerned, this…

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