Entries by John Schmid

Auditory stimulation

Music is everywhere! Auditory Stimulation – Our ears probably provide us with our second most vibrant source of sensory stimulation. Our eyes allow us to enjoy the paintings of Rembrandt and the sculpture of Michelangelo. Our ears allow us to share in the genius of Mozart and Beethoven; to wake up to a symphony of […]

Tactile Stimulation for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Touch and be touched Tactile Stimulation – Anything touched and anything that touches us can be stimulating. Every solid object has texture, temperature, shape. Balls in a collection can be smooth or rough, hard or soft, furry or…not. The sense of touch also includes the differentiation and recognition of temperature, pain, and body position (proprioception). […]

Video Respite for Alzheimer’s

The Video Respite series provides you with a video tool to improve the quality of life for the person or the people in your care while providing you with a way to improve your own quality of life by providing a respite from the challenges of caring.

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Declining Dementia Rates

One of the first things that I learned about Alzheimer’s disease was that it is growing at an epidemic rate. Almost 10 years ago I learned from the Alzheimer’s Association that nearly 5 million people in the U.S. had Alzheimer’s. At that time a new case was diagnosed every seventy seven seconds. The statistics go on. Now some good news! Amidst all of these dire forecasts, a recent study published in Nature Communications (April, 2016) reports declining dementia rates in England. These trends are being seen in other countries as well. And the researchers cannot attribute this downward trend to medical advances.


How Alzheimer’s Affects Perception

Our sense organs are an extension of our brain. Each sense organ is a highly specialized structure that evolved to gather information about our environment and pass that information to the brain for processing.  It is through these specialized organs that we get information about our surroundings and about ourselves. It is only because of our senses that we are able to interact with our environment. But Alzheimer’s affects perception in a way that makes understanding the world difficult.

Brain Plasticity and Alzheimer’s Disease – a Key to Treatment

Until very recently the mature brain was thought to be relatively immutable. Neurologists told us that the brain structure doesn’t change significantly following a “critical period” of development early in life; that actual brain growth and development ends after that critical period in our youth. Or so brain scientists thought…

Some new discoveries change the way we think about the mature brain.

Activities of Daily Living for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Activities of Daily Living are those things we all need to do on a regular basis to ensure our health and well-being. They take up much of our day and we all take them for granted–until we cannot do them anymore. Our independence depends to a great extent on our ability to complete these tasks. Unfortunately, dementia makes these more and more difficult. There are aids to help.