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Fetal Tuck Reflex

There is research to support the theory that primitive reflexes and movement patterns (like the ones seen in babies) re-emerge in late stage Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s not that the reflexes “come back”, because they never really went away.  It’s because ...

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Activation of Familiar Movement Patterns

I had a gentleman the other day who has been declared “dependent” by the assisted living staff for over a year.  He has a diagnosis of late stage Alzheimer’s, although I suspect there is some Parkinson’s disease at play here ...

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Death Grip

Did you ever notice that someone in the later stages of dementia has a difficult time letting go of things? Maybe he can’t put his fork down, or let go of the walker or grab bar? And telling him over ...

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