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Alzheimer's & Dementia

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Everyone deserves a little love on Valentine's Day. Thank you for doing what you do to make the lives of persons with dementia better.

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What's the Difference Between Dementia and Delirium?

What's the Difference Between Dementia and Delirium? | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
These two different illnesses often coexist. Here are the details, plus strategies for helping someone who has one or both.
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Delirium may be the first and perhaps only clue of medical illness or adverse medication reaction in an individual with Alzheimer’s. Often, persons with dementia develop delirium while hospitalized. One study found that one-quarter of Alzheimer's patients developed delirium during a hospital admission.
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How OTs Help People With Dementia Live to Their Fullest Potential

How OTs Help People With Dementia Live to Their Fullest Potential | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
“What can you do to help them? They have dementia. You can’t fix that.”
 
As an occupational therapist with the honor of working with many people living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias (ADRD), I’ve heard this question a lot.  

It’s understandable. It’s natural for family members and caregivers to feel hopeless about a condition that doesn’t “get better.” Yet one of the most powerful things OTs can teach families and caregivers is that their loved ones actually CAN experience quality of life at every stage of the disease.
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Greendale, WI Memory Care Café Serves Up Community Support

Greendale, WI Memory Care Café Serves Up Community Support | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Ferch’s Malt Shoppe & Grille in Greendale, Wisconsin has recently joined other restaurants on the cutting-edge of respect and inclusion for those with Alzheimer’s/dementia by becoming a memory café.
 
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"We're using the cafes as a place for people to come and have a good time," said Bashir Easter, a dementia care specialist with the Department on Aging.

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Obesity in Middle Age May Reduce Dementia Risk

Obesity in Middle Age May Reduce Dementia Risk | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Obesity in Middle Age May Reduce Dementia Risk
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Well, that's an interesting twist! This new study--of nearly two million people and 20 years of medical records--found that obesity in middle age may reduce dementia risk.

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Sleep Disturbances in Alzheimer's Are All Too Common

Sleep Disturbances in Alzheimer's Are All Too Common | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Older adults with Alzheimer's are prone to sleep disturbances. How do you treat without causing adverse effects?
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One such approach is light therapy. Per the guidelines, if someone with Alzheimer's tends to fall asleep early in the evening, and awaken too early in the morning, they should be deliberately exposed to bright light in the evening. Conversely, if the person falls asleep later and awakens later, the bright light exposure should occur early in the morning.

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When Is It Time to Move Your Parents to Assisted Living? | OurParents Blog

When Is It Time to Move Your Parents to Assisted Living? | OurParents Blog | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
When Is It Time to Move Your Parents to Assisted Living?
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Judy Squires, director of the Home Care and Case Management Department in the Independent Living area of La Posada in Green Valley, Arizona, is no stranger to the challenge of transitioning seniors to a higher level of care. She and her team are responsible for helping residents determine when it’s time to move from the continuing care retirement community’s independent living area into assisted living.

 

“We try to keep people in their homes as long as we can, but there comes a time when that isn’t working,” she says.

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10 Essential Self-Care Tips for Dementia Caregivers

10 Essential Self-Care Tips for Dementia Caregivers | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

If you struggle with the stress of caregiving, I feel your pain. I've looked after the safety and well-being of a family member with dementia for eight years. During that time, I've wrestled with at least nine out of the 13 risks in long-term caregiving that Eskenazi describes in her article. She also offers 10 tips for taking care of yourself, and I've listed them here with some explanation based on my experiences:

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6. Change “guilt” to “regret.” 
For me, the initial regret I felt when my loved one started declining turned into guilt about how I couldn't stop her decline, how I could never do enough to make things better, and how it seems that I've never been able to find the right living situation for her. But Eskenazi puts that into perspective: "Guilt is you did something wrong," she writes, "regret is that you are in a difficult situation and sometimes you have to make difficult decisions, but they are not wrong."

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Paula, Living with Alzheimer's Disease: Be A Warrior - YouTube

Paula, Living with Alzheimer's Disease: Be A Warrior
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What Alzheimer’s Really Feels Like

What Alzheimer’s Really Feels Like | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
One of the hardest things, says Rick Phelps, is realizing that dementia is taking your memories, and knowing you can’t do anything about it.
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Memory Care Development Boom

Memory Care Development Boom | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Memory Care Development Boom
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The Silverado Naperville Memory Care Community, which can house up to 90 seniors, was nearly fully occupied by the end of 2014, less than a year after the facility opened.

That’s an amazing feat for any seniors housing community, let alone a memory care community, which can normally take two to three years to fill up. 

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Beer Ingredient May Slow Alzheimer’s Development

Beer Ingredient May Slow Alzheimer’s Development | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Could the beverage that made Milwaukee famous play a role in delaying the development of conditions like Alzheimer’s/dementia and Parkinson’s?

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According to a Business Standard article about a new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Research scientists have determined that a compound contained in the hops used to brew beer, xanthohumol, has anti-oxidant qualities.

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Early Alzheimer’s in Parents Takes Toll On Their Kids

Early Alzheimer’s in Parents Takes Toll On Their Kids | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Your career and home life are finally in sync, the kids are heading off, and you might actually even retire someday. What happens if early-onset Alzheimer's shows up?
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Music Soothes Last Moments for Father With Dementia

Music Soothes Last Moments for Father With Dementia | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

A man lies in a coma, in the final hours of his fight with dementia, struggling for every breath that rattles through the respirator. At the bedside, his son sings him his favorite song. The father’s eyes open, express joy, and then . . .

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Read this inspirational tale of the gift this father gave his son. A great Father's Day read!

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Can You Win at a Video Game That Simulates Alzheimer’s/Dementia?

Can You Win at a Video Game That Simulates Alzheimer’s/Dementia? | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
A newly designed video game called Forget-Me-Knot aims to increase dementia awareness by immersing players in an unfamiliar environment intended to simulate the Alzheimer’s experience. 
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Created by Alexander Tarvet, a student studying Game Design at Abertay University in Scotland,Forget-Me-Knot can be a unique experience for healthy individuals interested in developing a greater understanding and empathy for those living with Alzheimer’s/dementia. 

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5 Key Tips for Memory Care Success

5 Key Tips for Memory Care Success | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
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Download this free guide to becoming a leader in dementia care, from improving the community around you to designing your own memory care facility! Please share with care providers you know. 

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Before & After: “Alzheimer’s has changed my style, it hasn’t changed my passion for art”

Before & After: “Alzheimer’s has changed my style, it hasn’t changed my passion for art” | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
by John Williams, Liverpool "I'd like to make a report about my art..." https://soundcloud.com/dementia-diaries/alzheimers-has-changed-my-style-but-not-my-passion-for-art "As a school boy of about…
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This Win-Win Idea Can Make Caregivers’ Jobs Easier

This Win-Win Idea Can Make Caregivers’ Jobs Easier | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
One experience really stays with me. It was when a coworker found a passion of one of my new residents. Helen was new to living in a nursing home when she moved in. It took some time for her to adjust to her new life, but even after she had spent some time with us, she rarely talked.

It wasn’t until one of the activity assistants started talking with her that we learned that she loved baseball, particularly our local Milwaukee Brewers/Braves. Once we learned she was such a fan, Activities found her a radio and a donated blanket with a large Milwaukee Brewers logo. We also made arrangements with Dietary so during Brewers’ games we could bring a food tray to Helen’s room so she wouldn’t miss a thing.
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Treating Sleep Disorders in Alzheimer's Patients

Treating Sleep Disorders in Alzheimer's Patients | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Nonpharmacologic interventions should be used first before medication to promote sleep is considered.
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Up to 35% of persons with Alzheimer's also experience sleep disturbances. This can result in significant caregiver distress, also. What's the cause--and what's the treatment? This article from Psychiatry Advisor uncovers treatment with and without medication.

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“They Stole My Necklace!” How Do You Deal With Dementia?

“They Stole My Necklace!” How Do You Deal With Dementia? | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
“They Stole My Necklace!” How Do You Deal With Dementia?
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How do you deal with a mother who’s always accusing people of stealing her stuff? Or a dad who won’t eat? How about a wife who screams curses and starts fights, a husband who thinks he should still drive, an uncle who blames you for dumping him in care, or a mom who doesn’t remember who you are?

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How Often Do You Hear Someone With Alzheimer’s Say THIS?

How Often Do You Hear Someone With Alzheimer’s Say THIS? | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

What if more people—or ALL people—who are living with Alzheimer’s disease felt this way?
 

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Seniors at a retirement home recreated famous movie posters that we'd pay to see.

Seniors at a retirement home recreated famous movie posters that we'd pay to see. | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in the bingo room anymore.
All their stories start with "A long time ago…" (via)

It's hard not to be won over by these retirement home residents who posed to re
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Heritage Memory Care Earns Our Distinguished Provider Award

Heritage Memory Care Earns Our Distinguished Provider Award | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Our latest winners earned their status through their commitment to building care around what each resident with Alzheimer's/dementia wants, needs, and is still capable of doing.
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What sets a memory care facility apart from the rest?

There are many things to consider when choosing a community for your loved one, but probably the most important factor is trust. Can you trust that a place will provide the most attentive, capable, and compassionate care for your loved one? That staff are trained to effectively respond to the distress that people with dementia often feel? That families often feel? Can you trust that staff will get to know your loved one’s history, likes, dislikes, and remaining abilities—and build their care around what your loved one wants, needs, and is still capable of doing?

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Try This Powerful Care Model for People With Alzheimer's

Try This Powerful Care Model for People With Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
You can make people's lives better using these three techniques.
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The objective is to improve the quality of life, level of functional independence, safety, and health of those we serve. So we have to take people through that shift of thinking that people with dementia don’t have to suffer—they can actually thrive.
 

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Touching Tribute to Family Wins Award

Touching Tribute to Family Wins Award | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
At the 2015 Grammys, Glen Campbell, now in the later stages of Alzheimer's, won Best Country Song for "I'm Not Gonna Miss You."
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As Agingcare.com reports, Glen was diagnosed in 2011, and was unable to attend the awards ceremony. His wife, Kim, who accepted the award, said: "It's been an amazing journey…Music, I really believe, kept him healthy for a longer period of time and enabled him to enjoy life while living with a debilitating brain disease."

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