Can Music Be Beneficial to Alzheimer’s Patients?

The answer is yes, according to numerous studies like this one recently published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry titled “Individualized Music Program is Associated with Improved Outcomes for U.S. Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.” Results of the study indicate that the Music &Memory individualized music program which was rolled out at 98 nursing homes, is associated with reductions in antipsychotic medication use, anxiolytic medication use, and BPSD (Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia) symptoms among long-stay nursing home residents with ADRD (Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias).READ MORE

What is Celiac Disease and how do you know if you have it?

We’re all familiar with the ever so popular gluten-free trend. In fact, the trend is so popular that an estimated 22 percent of adults are trying to avoid eating gluten, according to research firm Mintel. But what may be a fad for some people, is a medical necessity for others. We’re talking about people with Celiac disease, and it is estimated that they make up approximately .5% to 1% of the population. And according to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, that number is growing, especially among the elderly.READ MORE