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Grief, Depression, and Dementia

Jean was married to Bob for well over 50 years.  When Bob died, Jean was so grief-stricken that she became physically sick.  She ate very little and was transformed from a vibrant, social butterfly to a timid, frail old lady. ...

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Exercise Increases Size of Hippocampus

*** This is awesome.  First, a few definitions: BDNF:  Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor.  The BDNF gene provides instructions for making a protein found in the brain and spinal cord called brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This protein promotes the survival of nerve cells (neurons) by ...

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The Silent Movie Approach to Self Care

*** I recently had the pleasure of working with a woman named Mary at her daughter’s home.  Mary was a pleasant 88 year-old with moderate to severe dementia.  She was quite mobile and busied herself by meandering around the house ...

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Dignity Restored

 *** She wrote a book of poetry, and I treasured my autographed copy like a cache of paper diamonds.  The poem about me is on page eleven, and there is an ink sketch of a little girl at the top ...

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