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Frontal Release Signs

*** Frontal Release Signs are primitive reflexes that, when seen in adults with dementia, are indicative of disorders that affect the frontal lobes. Primitive reflexes are hardwired into our brains, and we used them during development as building blocks to master survival functions ...

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Aw Shucks…

  If you’re in the healthcare field, or in the business of caring for an individual with dementia, please connect with me.  I am both a teacher and a student in this field, and I welcome the exchange of ideas ...

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Gegenhalten Tone

*** Have you seen Gegenhalten tone in your late/end stage Alzheimer’s patients?  It’s actually considered a primitive reflex, no longer inhibited due to bilateral dysfunction of the mesial cortex and frontal lobes (premotor cortex)  Theoretically, we used the reflex in ...

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Gesture Training

*** Gesture training is a valuable strategy used to compensate for decreased communication in dementia .  Gestures are nonverbal cues- body language- used to communicate something.  We use gestures all the time in our daily lives to emphasize spoken language. ...

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