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Esther Heerema, MSW

Updated Articles and Resources

By Esther Heerema, MSW

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Alzheimer's Prevention Diet: 11 Foods that Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Want to know what to eat to decrease your risk of Alzheimer's? Try these 11 foods for better brain health and functioning.
    • Using Music in Alzheimer's Disease Created: Friday, October 26, 2012 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      In the midst of Alzheimer's disease, music can offer a calm reassurance for those who may be confused or anxious. Learn more about using music for those living with dementia, as well as how our memory for music can be different than our memory for words.
    • The Benefits of Berries for Our Brains Created: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      Good news for those of you who enjoy eating berries. Here's how they can protect your brain, as well as serve as a delicious snack.
    • How to Cope When Your Loved One with Dementia Doesn't Recognize You Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      What should you do when your loved one with Alzheimer's doesn't remember who you are? How should you respond if she's afraid of you?
    • What Is Attention and How Is It Affected by Dementia? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      What is attention, and how it is affected by Alzheimer's disease and other kinds of dementia? Can it be improved with medications?
    • Is Alzheimer's Disease Infectious? Can I Catch It? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Ever wonder if Alzheimer's disease is contagious? Learn how the disease's brain proteins act in an infectious manner at times.
    • What Is an Alzheimer's (Memory) Cafe'? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Sometimes called memory cafe's, Alzheimer's Cafe's provide a fun way for people with dementia and their caregivers to support others.
    • What Is the 7 Minute Screen? Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Is a test that takes only seven or eight minutes enough to determine if you have Alzheimer's disease?
    • What Is the Enhanced Cued Recall Test? Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Learn what the enhanced cued recall test is, how it's administered and if it's accurate in identifying Alzheimer's and mild cognitive impairment.
    • Mental Exercise: 12 Ways to Stretch Your Brain Created: Thursday, December 22, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Interested in keeping your brain healthy? There's no sure way to prevent Alzheimer's yet, but maintaining an active brain helps reduce the risk. Try these 12 fun ways to keep your mind in shape!
    • Responding to and Treating Hallucinations in Dementia Created: Friday, September 27, 2013 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Is your loved one or patient with Alzheimer's disease seeing or hearing things that aren't there? Learn how common this is, how to respond to it, and if medication is helpful in treating hallucinations in dementia.
    • How to Designate a Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions Created: Thursday, August 30, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Perhaps you're considering designating someone to make medical decisions if some day you're not able to clearly communicate your preferences. Learn the benefits of, and how to draw up, a durable po...
    • Medication Administration Options for People with Dementia Created: Thursday, August 29, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Looking to keep a loved one with Alzheimer's or another chronic illness at home as long as possible? Here are some ideas and products for safe administration of medications at home."
    • What's the Difference between a Medical Power of Attorney and a Guardian? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      Learn about the important differences between guardianship and being designated as a medical power of attorney.
    • Huntington's Disease Created: Friday, December 30, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Learn what Huntington's Disease is, what its symptoms are, how it's passed down genetically and what treatments are available. Also, how is it similar to and different from Alzheimer's disease?"
    • What If It's Not Alzheimer's? Created: Friday, February 22, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia -- in fact, almost two-thirds of dementia cases are due to Alzheimer's disease. However, a host of other conditions can also cause dementia, includi...
    • How to Talk to Someone Who Has Dementia Created: Thursday, March 29, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Are you confused about how to talk with someone who has Alzheimer's disease? Learn some basics about how to approach people who have dementia, including your words, tone of voice and non-verbals.
    • What's the Difference Between Delirium and Dementia? Created: Friday, November 30, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Confused about how to distinguish delirium from dementia? Here's a practical guide outlining the differences, as well as tips on how to spot delirium in someone who has dementia.
    • What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Dementia? Created: Thursday, June 28, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Confused about the difference between Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body dementia? Learn how these two kinds of dementia are alike and different from each other, including their prevalence, prognosis and symptoms.
    • Choosing an Alzheimer's Doctor Created: Thursday, December 06, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      When it comes to Alzheimer's disease, seeing the right kind of professional is crucial to receiving the proper care and treatment. But who do you see? The medical field has split itself into so man...
    • Is It Alzheimer’s Disease or Vitamin B12 Deficiency? Created: Friday, December 30, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Did you know that low levels of vitamin B12 can cause symptoms of dementia? Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency, and how it differs from Alzheimer's disease.
    • What Not to Do to People with Alzheimer’s Disease- 10 Pet Peeves Created: Sunday, July 22, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Not sure what to do or say to someone with Alzheimer's disease? Start by skipping these 10 things, and you'll be way ahead." itemprop="description">...
    • Prognosis for People With Alzheimer's Disease Created: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Although there's no cure for Alzheimer's, there's often confusion about whether it's a fatal disease. Learn about the prognosis for someone who's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
    • What's the Story on Coconut Oil and Alzheimer's Disease? Created: Sunday, May 06, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Curious if coconut oil is effective in treating Alzheimer's disease? Read what I found when I conducted a review of online literature.
    • Lewy Body Dementia Created: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Lewy body dementia is one of the second most common types of dementia, along with vascular dementia. Learn about the prevalence, causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis ...
    • The Truth Behind Senior Moments Created: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      If you've ever experienced senior moments – a nonmedical term for mental glitches – you're not alone. Over time, the brain often experiences some normal age-related memory loss, which c...
    • All About Aricept Created: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
      Get the facts on Aricept, or donepezil HCL, one of the most widely used drugs to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Learn how Aricept works, its uses and dosages, possible side effects and ...
    • What Is Frontotemporal Dementia? Created: Monday, December 19, 2011 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
      Frontotemporal Dementia is a fairly common dementia, yet is often misdiagnosed initially. Learn about its symptoms, prognosis and treatments, as well as how it differs from Alzheimer's."
    • My dad has Alzheimer's and always seems agitated. How can I help calm him? Created: Sunday, April 04, 2010 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
      Agitation and aggression in dementia are often the final straw for stressed caregivers who then turn to nursing homes and assisted living facilities to place their loved one. This article will disc...
    • Behavior Management Created: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
      Alzheimer's disease can create challenging behaviors such as aggression, agitation, apathy, confusion, hallucinations, repetition, sundowning, suspicion, and wandering. Learn how to manage the chal...
    • My mother is constantly saying she wants to go home. What should I do? Created: Monday, August 23, 2010 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
      Regardless of whether they are home or not, many people with Alzheimer's disease repeat that they want to go home. What this means, and how to respond.
    • Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Homes and Dementia Care Created: Thursday, May 31, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
      Do you have questions about nursing homes? I've compiled some frequently asked questions and answers on different care options, the associated benefits and concerns, and payment options."

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