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Dec 23, 2015

Good news for those who love someone with dementia

Both earlier diagnosis and alleviation of some dementia symptoms are now possible.

Early diagnosis of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is good news when it enables patients and those who love and care for them to plan more effectively for the future. Lifestyle changes, health care directives, financial and estate planning, and long-term care arrangements are just a few important matters that can be handled more easily before memory and decision-making capabilities are severely affected in the later stages of dementia.

Signs of dementia that may occur long before the typical short-term memory loss include
• Forgetfulness of events from the day before, or earlier in the day, and of recent conversations.
• Absence of the person’s former moral compass, inability to discern right from wrong
• Change in the individual’s normal sense of humor
• Clumsiness, frequent tripping or falling
• Depression if the patient has never been depressed before
• Frequent bouts of staring off into space
• Inability to use familiar, everyday objects correctly—things like shoelaces or keys (simpler things than the latest technology)
• Inappropriate eating—either eating too much or trying to eat things that are not meant for human consumption
• Misunderstanding words in context, not getting jokes or sarcasm

If you notice one or more of these recurring in the life of someone you love, seek medical guidance. Although several of these may be attributed to chronic stress, others are the result of underlying medical conditions.

If the diagnosis is dementia, recent research holds more good news. Music—listening, playing, and singing—can overcome

• Cognitive dysfunction and verbal impairment
Frequent singing and/or playing a musical instrument can improve working memory; plus, making the soundtrack of your life may bring back past memories. Make selections of music you listened to at different times of your life.

• Depression
Patients and caregivers who either listen to music or sing are happier.

• Loss of good judgment and verbal and visual memory
Music memory remains.

• Poor quality of life
Quality of life improves for those who listen to music regularly.

• Short-term memory loss
Those who sing the information they need to remember recall more.
Recent research has shown that music and dancing helps Parkinson’s disorder, which is highly associated with dementia.

Take action to identify the underlying causes of your loved one’s possible symptoms of early dementia and add more music to both your lives.

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