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For Dementia, Give the Gift of Musical Memories | CPI

For Dementia, Give the Gift of Musical Memories | CPI | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
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At 93, Domenica has Alzheimer's and is in long-term care. Music from her native Italy soothes her senses, and she’ll even sing along to favorite songs. What would you put on your loved one's playlist?

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Study on Family Caregivers

Study on Family Caregivers | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

AARP released a paper about the complexities of caregiving.

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AARP’s new study on caregivers found that nearly all respondents performed nursing and nonmedical tasks. This support included organizing and administering medicine, making meals, and aiding family members with walkers.

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Gods Gift - YouTube

"My 87 year old mother with Alzheimer's knew who I was,even if it was for just a moment.

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We Asked Seniors: How Can Your City Change to Accommodate Older Residents? – Next City

We Asked Seniors: How Can Your City Change to Accommodate Older Residents? – Next City | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
We talked to Philadelphia seniors about what city adaptations they need to “age in place.” Here, their photos and stories.
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Dementia? This will (hopefully) Banish the stigma FOREVER - Torbay Dementia Action Alliance

Dementia? This will (hopefully) Banish the stigma FOREVER - Torbay Dementia Action Alliance | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
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The Best Way to Support a Caregiving Spouse - AgingCare.com

The Best Way to Support a Caregiving Spouse - AgingCare.com | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Trying to support a caregiving spouse can be a challenge. What can you do to make things easier for them? Do you just listen and let them vent?
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What’s best way to talk to dementia patients?

What’s best way to talk to dementia patients? | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Dear Regina: My father has had Alzheimer’s-type dementia for four years.I find it more and more difficult to talk with him.
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Timeout or Burnout

Timeout or Burnout | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
When I speak with family caregivers, especially in support groups, they often equate burnout with failure. Never mind the ramifications that burning out can have on a caregiver's health and well-being....
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There is no way of softening the fact that caregiving is stressful. However, there is a big difference between feeling stressed and experiencing burnout. Here are a few red flags to look for if you or a person you know is entrenched in family caregiving responsibilities:

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Spotlight on Design for Dementia Care: An Interview With PDC Midwest’s Amy Schoenemann

Spotlight on Design for Dementia Care: An Interview With PDC Midwest’s Amy Schoenemann | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
May 2014 interview with Amy Schoenemann, Director of Design Development and Project Architect for PDC Midwest, a Wisconsin-based architect-led design-build firm that specializes in senior living.
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Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month: Celebrate The Longest Day

Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month: Celebrate The Longest Day | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Take part in The Longest Day on June 21, a summer-solstice celebration of the strength and endurance of people with Alzheimer’s and their friends, families, and caregivers.

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To raise Alzheimer's and brain awareness throughout the month of June, you can find a Walk to End Alzheimer’s event, share facts about the disease, and pledge to support the fight to end Alzheimer’s. You can also turn Facebook purple by using the END ALZ icon as your profile pic.

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Schonberg's Winning Strategy for Memory Care Communities

Schonberg's Winning Strategy for Memory Care Communities | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Cutting-edge memory care leader David Schonberg builds pioneering assisted living communities from the ground up.

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"We partner with the world's leading #Alzheimers experts when designing our memory care communities.:

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Keeping Our Elders Safe

Keeping Our Elders Safe | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
May is Older Americans Month, a great time to recognize seniors for their wisdom, abilities, and contributions, and to help them stay safe and healthy.
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This year, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is focusing on injury prevention with the theme Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. "Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population," says the organization.

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Favorite Group Activities For Persons With Dementia

Favorite Group Activities For Persons With Dementia | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
When you’re a caregiver, how do you keep things interesting for your loved one or client?
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What are your favorite group activities for persons with dementia? Add yours to the list!

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Should Memory Care Training Be Required for Caregivers?

Should Memory Care Training Be Required for Caregivers? | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Connecticut and Iowa have introduced legislation to improve care for people who have dementia.
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Do you think that people who have dementia can be better supported when their caregivers have special training in memory care?

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, April 26, 3:34 PM

There are certainly some things that I think those who care for people with dementia should know. Whether it should be legislated is another matter.

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Life with Alzheimer's patient like repeatedly being robbed | Toronto Star

Life with Alzheimer's patient like repeatedly being robbed | Toronto Star | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
With World Alzheimer’s Month upon us one woman shares her emotional journey as a wife and caregiver.
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What Are You Doing for World Alzheimer's Month?

What Are You Doing for World Alzheimer's Month? | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Spread awareness about Alzheimer's facts and join a Walk to End Alzheimer's!
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September marks the third-annual World Alzheimer's Month™, a global event for raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and reducing the stigma associated with the disease. This year’s theme is Dementia: Can We Reduce the Risk?, and the focus is on brain-healthy lifestyles to reduce the risk of developing dementia.

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Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver: Chapter 1, Part I - AgingCare.com

Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver: Chapter 1, Part I - AgingCare.com | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
AgingCare Blogger, Bobbi Carducci shares an excerpt from her new book about caring for her father in law.
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"Hey, give me my medicine. It's mine. Give it to me now!" my father-in-law called from the top of the stairs.

I groaned inside. Not again. How many times do I have to tell him the same thing? Shut … up. Shut up. Shut … up. Dear God, please make him shut up.

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How David Schonberg Is Changing Dementia Care

How David Schonberg Is Changing Dementia Care | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Is there a memory care community that can truly meet your loved one's needs?
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What defines a nourishing space for someone with dementia? An environment built around THEIR needs, THEIR cognitive levels, and THEIR dignity. Read about David Schonberg's vision for memory care facilities at Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living! 

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Heritage at The Colonnade Presents: Dementia Care for Families

Heritage at The Colonnade Presents: Dementia Care for Families | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
The memory care facility held a three-hour educational program for families on how to care for loved ones who have Alzheimer's and dementia.
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When you have a family member who has dementia, is there anything you can do to help them feel purpose, comfort, or joy?

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Dementia Care Training Required in Iowa and Connecticut

Dementia Care Training Required in Iowa and Connecticut | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Do you think that people who have Alzheimer's disease/dementia can be better supported when their caregivers have special training in memory care?
 
A new law in Connecticut requires all staff in home health agencies, residential care homes, assisted living agencies, and other types of facilities to receive training in Alzheimer's disease and dementia care.Do you think that people who have Alzheimer's can be better supported when their caregivers have special training in dementia care?

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A new law in Connecticut requires all staff in home health agencies, residential care homes, assisted living agencies, and other types of facilities to receive training in Alzheimer's disease and dementia care.

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, June 27, 7:32 AM

This is such a good idea. Every state should require special training for those with Alzheimer's Dementia. 

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Why Caregivers Refuse Help - AgingCare.com

Why Caregivers Refuse Help - AgingCare.com | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Too many caregivers—even when they have access to safe options for help—still come up with excuses to put off (or actively refuse) assistance.
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Helping Seniors Stay Connected

Helping Seniors Stay Connected | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
The topic of loneliness in seniors gets Martine Ehrenclou thinking about how to help seniors avoid social isolation.
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Seniors who are socially isolated are more likely to die prematurely, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Graceful Aging's curator insight, June 5, 3:57 PM

"Seniors who are socially isolated are more likely to die prematurely, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."  We emphasized the importance of making social connection s along the way. #loneliness #socialconnections #seniors

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Doctors push for co-ordinated approach to dementia treatment

Doctors push for co-ordinated approach to dementia treatment | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
The rising tide of dementia patients is destabilizing hospital care in Canada, the incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association told a health conference in Whistler Monday.
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Making Memory Care Human: How to Innovate LTC Design

Making Memory Care Human: How to Innovate LTC Design | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

"If we are truly going to create the best possible living situation for our seniors, every element in every long-term care community needs to support and enhance quality of life for the people living and working there." - Virginia Pflanz, Dementia Care Specialists

Read more about what Virginia discovered at the recent Environments for Aging Magazine conference about how to customize the physical environment to maximize the remaining abilities of a person with Alzheimer’s/dementia.

What struck me was how often I heard that while a firm “does” memory care, they want to do it better.
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"If we are truly going to create the best possible living situation for our seniors, every element in every long-term care community needs to support and enhance quality of life for the people living and working there." - Virginia Pflanz, Dementia Care Specialists

 

Read more about what Virginia discovered at the recent Environments for Aging Magazine conference about how to customize the physical environment to maximize the remaining abilities of a person with Alzheimer’s/dementia.

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The Power of Long-Term Memory (Part II)

The Power of Long-Term Memory (Part II) | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Sometimes something as simple as going swimming can reawaken memories and recharge the spirit.
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"Tim’s fear about how his father would react to the new pool was allayed on their very first visit. Tom was very foggy that day, but as soon as he entered the pool area and saw his wife in the pool, his eyes widened and his whole aspect changed."

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How Can We Improve Dementia Care in Australia?

How Can We Improve Dementia Care in Australia? | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Alzheimer’s Australia president Ita Buttrose says now is the time to improve care for the 330,000 Australians who have dementia.
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The Australian government has invested almost 40 million Australian dollars over five years to improve hospital care for people with dementia--yet hospitals are still ill-equipped and under-resourced.

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