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Exercise and Health Benefit for those Living with Dementia

Our residents enjoy exercising in their secured landscaped yards. Chair aerobics has many health benefits including: improved mood, better sleep, maintenance of motor skills, and improved memory/behavior. For more information about Dementia and exercise, please read Dementia- activities and exercise.

The article offers several suggestions for those living with dementia on how to stay active. You will notice the article mentions the exact same activities Sutton Homes residents participate in for example, housework such as assisting with baking and folding laundry. Exercise activities does not have to be structured! Have fun, be creative, and stay active!


Sutton Homes Memory Care Residents enjoy the outdoors and stay active! Our Mt. Dora residents are participating in chair aerobics.

Sutton Homes Memory Care Residents enjoy the outdoors and stay active! Our Mt. Dora residents are participating in exercise.

Recognizing the Important Job of Family Caregivers

Sutton Homes Memory Care Celebrates National Family Caregiver Month. We recognize all the important care that family provides. Should caregivers need a break to attend to personal needs or take a vacation, Sutton Homes provides overnight respite care for their loved ones. Call to reserve a spot at

Read the article Care Comes Home on for more information about the importance and value of Family Caregivers.

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Your loved one’s care does not always take place in hospitals, or nursing homes, or doctor offices, or medical clinics. Most care actually occurs in the home – and that’s a good thing. People are healthier at home and health care costs are reduced. Family caregivers have the best interests of their loved ones at heart. But caregiving at home can take its toll and it certainly takes a lot of planning. The Nation’s 90 million family caregivers are front and center in providing care every day …

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Nobel Research Could Bring Breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s Research

Nobel Prize for Medicine

Nobel Prize for Medicine

Intriguing new research may open the doors to understanding Alzheimer’s progression, hopefully leading the way to a cure. This according to an exciting article published on entitled Nobel discovery opens window onto Alzheimer’s disease by Ben Hirschler.

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The discovery of cells in the brain that act as the body’s internal global positioning system, which won three scientists the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday, opens an intriguing new window onto dementia…

That is the belief of British-American researcher John O’Keefe, winner of the 2014 prize alongside Norwegians May-Britt and Edvard Moser, who plans to take his research to the next level as director of a new brain institute in London.

“We’re now setting up to do much more high-tech studies where we hope to follow the progression of disease over time,” he told reporters…

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Could memory lapses be a sign of dementia?

A recently published article on entitled Early memory lapses may be sign of dementia, by Jen Christensen, contains information about the latest research into dementia and some of its early risk factors. Highlights of the article include:

  • Research: People who feel they are forgetting more things may be more prone to dementia
  • Smokers who have memory complaints slide into more serious conditions earlier
  • Women who took hormone replacement therapy staved off dementia longer, study says

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At least once a week a patient will come into Dr. Thomas Loepfe’s busy geriatric clinic in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, with a worry. She will tell him she’s been misplacing her glasses lately, or he’ll say he’s concerned about losing the car keys.

“Age is the biggest risk factor for forgetfulness, so this can be perfectly normal,” Loepfe said. As a geriatrician in the Mayo Clinic Health System, his patient population…

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‘Ballroom For The Brain’ dance program provides many benefits for Orlando Alzheimer’s Patients

This wonderful article in the Orlando Sentinel, entitled Dance party stimulates minds, bodies of Alzheimer’s patients by Susan Jacobson, highlights this fun and healthy dance program for Alzheimer’s patients. The program, called “Ballroom for the Brain” helps seniors to keep their minds and bodies active, as well as have a great time!

Watch Video of Dance Class

Ballroom for the Brain Dance Class Video

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The weekly dance party is designed to stimulate the minds and bodies of people in the early stages of dementia. Saturday’s class was the final in a series that began June 21. Another series is scheduled for October.

“It’s a failure-free environment,” said Julie Shatzer, director of programs for the Alzheimer’s Association, who co-founded Ballroom for the Brain with John Davis, president of the Orlando chapter of USA Dance.

Ballroom dance requires participants to remember steps, move to music, make split-second decisions, trust a partner and communicate nonverbally — skills that proponents hope will help people with the disease.

“You’re touching, relating to someone; you have to manage complex steps,” Davis said…

“You’ve never seen anyone frowning on a dance floor,” she said. “Everyone is happy.”

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Spotlight on health benefits of pets in senior living

May is National Pet Month, Pets Benefit Seniors

May is National Pet Month, Pets bring many benefits to seniors

Animals can enhance the quality of life of our seniors. Sutton Homes Memory Care is pet friendly! Several of our homes have pets that live there full time. We also encourage families to bring their pets to visit our residents. Many of them do that on a regular basis.

The following article, found on highlights some of the specific health and wellness benefits that pets can bring to our loved ones.

May is National Pet Month, so it’s a great time to look at the number of benefits pets have on their owners, especially for seniors. As known benefits increase, senior communities are becoming more pet friendly, letting residents enjoy the benefits of an animal companion through pet therapy provided by a certified therapy animal and handler.

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Latest Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures

2014 Alzheimer’s Disease  Facts and FiguresCheck out the latest facts and figures published by the Alzheimer’s Association, in the new report: 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. The report includes a special report on women and Alzheimer’s disease.

Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction

good nutrition This informative article by Cheryl Ellis, from, provides essential information on how to counteract stress with good nutrition.

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Stress depletes the body of energy in a variety of ways. Loss of sleep, feelings of agitation or depression, and development of poor eating habits are “side effects” of stress that need intervention. Some stress can help us rise to the occasion and get things done, but too much stress drains the body. One way to break the stress cycle is by changing the diet to one that can actually help reduce stress.

The body under stress will experience a reduction in vital nutrients, such as B vitamins, which are nervous system helpers. Depending on magnesium to help with muscles and calcium for bones, the overstressed system may benefit from vitamin and mineral supplements. Before starting a vitamin regimen, consult with your primary doctor about any special needs you may have. The doctor may be able to refer you to a nutritionist who can target specific requirements and make useful dietary changes.

When stressed, all individuals may go for “comfort food,” which can include coffee, even if it’s decaffeinated…

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Alzheimer’s Association Central and North Florida Chapter Presents BrainFest 2014

BrainFest2014-smBrain Up Central Florida! BrainFest, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Central and North Florida Chapter is happening Saturday, March 15th in Winter Park.

Saturday, March 15
10am-4pm (rain or shine)
Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center
Winter Park, FL


Get ready to rev your mental engines, fire up your neurons and learn tips and tricks for keeping your brain strong all life long. BrainFest 2014 will be a fun filled day of education, entertainment and activities focused on building and maintaining healthy brains. You will engage in mind-bending and brain-boosting activities focused on all the aspects of good brain health: nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, social engagement, mental stimulation and finding your purpose!

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Brain “Pacemaker” May Offer Alzheimer’s Sufferers Hope

The same pacemaker used to help alleviate Parkinson’s disease has shown promise in treating Alzheimer’s patients. Johns Hopkins has begun the study predicated on a successful smaller Canadian study of 6 patients.  Patients in the Canadian study did “somewhat better with their memory and did great with their brain metabolism” according to Dr. Paul Rosenberg of Johns Hopkins in an interview on “CBS This Morning”.

The procedure installs the same device, the size of a small battery, used for Parkinson’s under the shoulder blade and run wires to the part of the brain that is involved in memory and give a charge that stimulates the brain.

While the initial results are promising Dr. Rosenberg cautioned that they are still in clinical trials and that the treatment will not be available on a wider scale for a few years.

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