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Follow Your Heart to Raise the Standard for Memory Care! | CPI

Follow Your Heart to Raise the Standard for Memory Care! | CPI | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

It starts with you—your heart, your commitment, and your passion. It’s vital that we care for and guide the millions who have dementia—and their families as well—so please share this infographic and show your support for raising the standard for memory care.

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The Most Valuable Lessons I've Learned Were From a Dementia Patient

The Most Valuable Lessons I've Learned Were From a Dementia Patient | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
The Most Valuable Lessons I've Learned Were From a Dementia Patient
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As an experienced occupational therapist, the most valuable lessons I’ve learned were not from my years of formal education.

As a matter of fact, the more “educated” I became, the more I realized it was observation, connection, and communication that made me a better therapist for my families and patients. Sharing what I learned from them is vital to changing my patients’ lives for the better.
 
My friend Karl would work only with myself and my coworker Dave. He responded to how we communicated with him, and laughter, ease of anxiety, and PROGRESS were the results of his work.
 

Here’s a list of guidelines to follow, no matter what your role is with a person who has Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.
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The Dementia Stages: A Care Roadmap

The Dementia Stages: A Care Roadmap | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Here are 5 of many ways identifying someone's dementia stage can guide you through the care journey.
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Top 5 Tips for Preventing Falls for Seniors

Top 5 Tips for Preventing Falls for Seniors | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Try these five simple steps to reduce the chance of a patient falling.
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PPride is a powerful thing, especially in today’s older population. Encourage your patients to wait for you and ask for help if they feel uncomfortable at all. It’s important to remind them that you want to help them and that you’d prefer to help them. Empathy is key here to reinforce your willingness to help them so they will ask for help when they need it.Pride is a powerful thing, especially in today’s older population. Encourage your patients to wait for you and ask for help if they feel uncomfortable at all. It’s important to remind them that you want to help them and that you’d prefer to help them. Empathy is key here to reinforce your willingness to help them so they will ask for help when they need it.

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9 Things Someone in Your Care Wants You to Know

9 Things Someone in Your Care Wants You to Know | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
When you choose to serve others, that desire to help fellow human beings makes you a very special person. This is a message of gratitude for all you do.
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On Being a Burden - AgingCare.com

On Being a Burden - AgingCare.com | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
I frequently think about what the future holds for Marja and me. I am afraid of one day becoming a burden on my family, but I actively try to focus on the present instead of the unknown.
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5 Ways to Cope With a Loved One’s Dementia

5 Ways to Cope With a Loved One’s Dementia | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Guilt and anxiety are taking a toll on a family caregiver, but our community has strategies for coping.
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Cutting-Edge Dementia Care Built Into Canada’s Georgian Bay Retirement Home

Cutting-Edge Dementia Care Built Into Canada’s Georgian Bay Retirement Home | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Reshawn Devendra is a Canadian dementia care advocate and founder of the Georgian Bay Retirement Home, a cutting-edge facility designed to provide residents a sense of purpose and freedom.  
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Eager to implement a new, transformational approach with his memory care and ancillary care concept/design, Devendra includes these 5 essential features...

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My Mother—and My Mother’s Dementia

My Mother—and My Mother’s Dementia | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

It’s hard to watch someone you love slip away. Steve Knopper found out how to make the most of the time remaining.

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“While her disease is devastatingly sad, there’s a weird and welcome side effect: She’s often more fun to be around.”

Steve Knopper’s mom is in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease and lives with 50-some residents in an assisted-living facility. While Scott has struggled with the changes that come with this progressive disease, from behavioral to memory loss, he’s learned that he needs to look past himself to help support his mom the best that he can.

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A Timeline of Dementia: What to Know for Each Stage | OurParents Blog

A Timeline of Dementia: What to Know for Each Stage | OurParents Blog | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
A Timeline of Dementia: What to Know for Each Stage
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Though every type of dementia is different and every person who has dementia is different, understanding the basic stages can make a tremendous difference in the life of the senior, says Kim Warchol, president of Dementia Care Specialists, a specialized offering of the Crisis Prevention Institute. “Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias tend to progress through predictable stages,” she explains. “When you know the characteristics of each stage and the abilities that remain, you can capitalize on those.”

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Though every type of dementia is different, every person who has dementia is different...

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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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Top 10 Resources for Dementia Caregivers

Top 10 Resources for Dementia Caregivers | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Dementia doesn't have to equal suffering. Here are this year's top resources to help you be the best tool for making life better—for someone with dementia and for you.
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This past year, if your aim was to make life better for someone with dementia, all you needed was a click to find proven strategies and techniques. But what’s the best of the best?
 
We’ve tallied up some of our most popular resources from 2015. These resources reached thousands of caregivers like you who want to create a Dementia Capable Society.

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Kirk Douglas Gives $15 Million on 99th Birthday to Build Alzheimer’s Center

Kirk Douglas Gives $15 Million on 99th Birthday to Build Alzheimer’s Center | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
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December 16, 2015 ALZHEIMER'S
Screen legend Kirk Douglas celebrated his 99th birthday last week, but instead of receiving gifts, he used the occasion to give one — a new Alzheimer’s treatment facility to Southern California.


He used his birthday party to announce the $15 million donation to the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF). The money will help pay for the Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion, which will be able to take care of up to 80 Alzheimer’s patients from the entertainment industry.

Douglas and his wife, Anne, have donated $40 million to the fund over the years and in 1992 launched the fund’s first Alzheimer’s facility, Harry’s Haven, named for Douglas’ father.



The star of “Spartacus” broke the news as party guests including his wife and four children gathered at his Beverly Hills, California home.

“My son Michael is here,” Douglas said, “Which just proves if you have enough money, you can have Michael Douglas speak at any event.”

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A study from the Northern California Institute for Research and Education in San Francisco concerning the association between a sedentary lifestyle and the risk of developing dementia found that people who watch four hours or more of television per day scored significantly lower marks on tests measuring cognitive performance in middle age.

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Still Alice Author Lisa Genova Explains How to Spot Alzheimer’s | CPI

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Ms. Genova, who is also a neuroscientist, adds that while family members should be watchful for symptoms of Alzheimer’s, they are often reluctant. Usually, Genova explains, it is the person with Alzheimer’s that drives the decision to get help. “I think people surrounding someone with Alzheimer’s, the people I’ve seen and had experience with, don’t push the process forward. They’re happier to retreat and be in denial or look the other way. No one wants this to happen to anyone that they love,” she says.

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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
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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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Greendale, WI Memory Care Café Serves Up Community Support

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