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Depression2Lack of enjoyable, stimulating activity can lead to apathy for anyone but particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease. According to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), apathy is one of the most common neurobehavioral symptoms in dementia. Strong, focused stimulation can help people with Alzheimer’s disease overcome apathy. People with mild dementia will decline more quickly into severe dementia if they also suffer from apathy, therefore engaging, stimulating activities are especially vital to this group.

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Hi Amy,
Mental stimulation can do a lot for anyone who feels that they are "slipping." It can help with mild depression, too. Social or intellectual stimulation (appropriate to the person's state of health) can help many.
Thanks for commenting.
Carol

Hi Carol!
Thanks for sharing such informative piece of writing. Mentally stimulating activities are really helping for dementia patients. I have also tried them for my dad who has dementia and it is really good. I actually helped to slow the cognitive decline.

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