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Jan
11

Music Therapy for Dementia Patients

Music Therapy for Dementia Patients

“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends” – Alphonse de Lamartine.

 

While language can vary from place to place, one thing that stands true is that music is used universally. Whether it is the words in the song, the music accompanying, or the memories that are happening while a song is playing, we can all agree that music has a way of affecting your soul. The more a person is involved with music, the more parts of the brain are stimulated. For example, more brain activity happens when you play an instrument, or when you sing along, rather when you only listen.

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Jan
04

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Winter—where the temperatures are dropping and the risk of injury is rising. The cold weather, snow, and ice are all ingredients that can cause a recipe for disaster. Hypothermia and falls are just some of the health risks you face during the long, cold days/nights of the winter season. All of these health risks are heightened with the older population.

 

Hypothermia is a condition where a person’s core body temperature becomes dangerously low, which is usually caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. The normal temperature a person should maintain averages around 98.6 degrees. When a person is experiencing hypothermia, their core temperature has dropped below 95 degrees. Severe hypothermia is when their core temperature has reached 82 degrees or lower. A few risk factors that increase your chance of experiencing hypothermia include older age, diabetes, thyroid conditions, and even some medications.

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