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What Changes Have You Experienced as a Family Caregiver? | CPI

What Changes Have You Experienced as a Family Caregiver? | CPI | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

When you’re a family caregiver for a person with dementia, a lot of changes can happen in your life that might not be easily understood by outsiders.

 

Here is a chance to share how dementia has affected your life and the lives of family members. A graduate student, who grew up with three grandparents who had dementia, has devoted her studies to understanding the changes that take place over the duration of care. She has created a survey to capture this invaluable information.

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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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Forgetfulness in Seniors Not Always Dementia

Forgetfulness in Seniors Not Always Dementia | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
How do you know when forgetfulness is “normal”?
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"I don't have Alzheimer's disease, I have Old Hinder's Disease!" says my dad, who at 76 says a lot of things. He claims he still remembers the important things. But how do you really know when forgetfulness is “normal”? The Jacksonville University School of Nursing is studying just that!

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Grind Dining Dishes Up New Menus for Memory Care

Grind Dining Dishes Up New Menus for Memory Care | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
“When you go into the dining room with Grind Dining, it feels good. Residents can eat more, be healthier, and feel satisfied.” In this interview, Grind Dining founder Sarah Gorham discusses changes in food and care for residents with dementia.
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Are Persons With Dementia Responsible For Crimes They Commit?

Are Persons With Dementia Responsible For Crimes They Commit? | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
It can happen in almost any family. A loved one commits a crime such as driving without a license or leaving the scene of a traffic accident. Depending on the laws in your state, the procedure when caught is relatively straightforward.
 
But what if the person has dementia? Are these still considered crimes—or consequences of the disease?
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Chris Mann Sings For Alzheimer’s With “Remember Me”

Chris Mann Sings For Alzheimer’s With “Remember Me” | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Chris Mann Sings For Alzheimer’s With “Remember Me”
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"I had the vision of a single dancer, aged with Alzheimer’s, who would dance the age away throughout the course of the song and reveal her younger self, fighting her way out by the end."

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Anxiety Drugs Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Anxiety Drugs Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Anxiety Drugs Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease
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The American Geriatrics Society has included sedative-hypnotic drugs like Ambien and Valium on its Choosing Wisely list because the medications are linked to increased rates of falls, fractures, auto accidents, and cognitive impairment in older adults who use them.

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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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Alzheimer’s costs could soar to $1 trillion a year by 2050, new report says

Alzheimer’s costs could soar to $1 trillion a year by 2050, new report says | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Report urges federal government to quicken pace of research funding as U.S. ages
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The Alzheimer’s Association report, “Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease, urges the federal government to meet its own goals forresearch funding in a bid to find a cure or effective treatments by 2025. The U.S. could save $220 billion within the first five years if such treatments were found, the nonprofit’s report says. Even with an interim treatment that slowed onset by five years, the costs would immediately drop as much as $535 billion over a 10-year period.

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Dementia Care Specialist Reviews “Still Alice” Book

Dementia Care Specialist Reviews “Still Alice” Book | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Dementia Care Specialist Reviews “Still Alice” Book
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I think the author also portrayed very realistic emotions that families of persons with Alzheimer’s experience. It’s common for families to not believe a diagnosis at first, and to search for other reasons for a loved one’s symptoms. 

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First Dementia-Friendly City Council in British Columbia

First Dementia-Friendly City Council in British Columbia | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it


The City of New Westminster in B.C., Canada, has recognized the need to become more age-friendly.

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Senior Activities: Keeping Your Older Family Members Fit and Fulfilled

Senior Activities: Keeping Your Older Family Members Fit and Fulfilled | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Whether you're caring for someone alone or you employ help, there are habits and activities you can foster for optimal health and happiness.
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Pick a time of day that's most optimal for your senior when it comes to energy and alertness. Dedicate a walk, swim, light weightlifting, bicycling, or any other activity that's enjoyable and doable. When assisting, offer positive affirmations and balance guidance.

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“The Singing Nurse” Soothes Patients in Pain

“The Singing Nurse” Soothes Patients in Pain | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
“The Singing Nurse” Soothes Patients in Pain
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“It’s easy to turn on a TV and walk away. But it’s personal, if you can sit down and talk with them, sing with them, tell them some jokes, do something just to keep their minds off the pain while the medication is kicking in. Even if somebody’s having a bad day…if you can make them feel just a little good about it, you can change the day.”

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