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Zen and the Art of Coping With Alzheimer's

Zen and the Art of Coping With Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

With scientific progress lacking, Alzheimer's patients and caregivers are locked in a slow, sad dance.

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Blood test may show how fast Alzheimer’s progresses

Blood test may show how fast Alzheimer’s progresses | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

The research shows there are markers in blood that may be a good indicator of time.

 

“We’re confident there’s a relationship between these lipids and AD progression, but this work is not yet ready to be used clinically."

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GPS Enabled Shoes For People With Alzheimer's - Forbes

GPS Enabled Shoes For People With Alzheimer's - Forbes | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

A new, clunky shoe for tracking the wearer with a device implanted in the sole
is now available. It does seem like a good idea, but I have one problem with
it. It’s not the $300 price tag.

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The Home Healthcare Industry has Many Changes & Challenges Ahead

The Home Healthcare Industry has Many Changes & Challenges Ahead | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

The economic downturn, healthcare reform legislation, the changing preferences of seniors in America (or perhaps, the greater availability of long-term care services in settings other than nursing homes), all have contributed to tremendous growth in this sector. (You can read about Home Care: Then & Now at SeniorsForLiving.com.) Throw in the huge numbers of boomers and seniors in need of services over the next few decades, and I’d say the future of home healthcare looks bright.

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A Chance to Focus on Dementia Caused by Sports Trauma

A Chance to Focus on Dementia Caused by Sports Trauma | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Dementia has long been a severe problem for former NFL players. In the past, the
88 Fund was established specifically to support care for football players who
develop dementia. There is a growing movement among NFL retirees to donate their
brains to the center for CTE at Boston University Medical School.

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Most Dementia Cases Are Undiagnosed, According to Report

Most Dementia Cases Are Undiagnosed, According to Report | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Three quarters of the 36 million people worldwide with Alzheimer’s disease may not be diagnosed, according to the Alzheimer’s Disease International “World Alzheimer Report 2011.”

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People with dementia deserve a hearing

People with dementia deserve a hearing | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Hearing the voices of people who live with dementia has made me think much harder about the language we all use to describe those in that situation. We all speak and think so quickly, that it's easy to use default terms – to label people as patients, care receivers, service users, residents, dementia sufferers, victims. But each term has its own connotations and each conveys a specific and very partial role which can easily prevent us from seeing the wholeness of the person we are describing and, hopefully, wanting to understand.

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The World Today - Secrets to Alzheimer's possibly unlocked within a decade

The World Today - Secrets to Alzheimer's possibly unlocked within a decade | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

More than 1000 Australians develop Alzheimer's disease every week. There's no
cure to this devastating illness.

 

A world expert on Alzheimer's says its secrets could be unlocked within a decade, paving the way to prevention.

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Dementia Care Specialists

Dementia Care Specialists | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Two ways to support better quality of life for persons with Alzheimer's and dementia:

1) Like us.

2) Share your story!

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Living with Dementia: UK's Design Council Challenge Underway | Seniors For Living

Living with Dementia: UK's Design Council Challenge Underway | Seniors For Living | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

A new contest sponsored by the UK's Design Council & Department of Health seeks submissions in various categories to promote living well with dementia.

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Crowdsourcing Gazette UK: Open Innovation Seeks a Better Way to Live with Dementia

Crowdsourcing Gazette UK: Open Innovation Seeks a Better Way to Live with Dementia | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

One in three people who live to 65 years will suffer from some sort of dementia. The impact this has on the lives of sufferers and their families who have to care for them can be world shattering. Yet there is light at the end of the tunnel thanks to the Design Council's open innovation challenge.

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Innovative Alzheimer's facility letting patients do 'whatever they want'

Innovative Alzheimer's facility letting patients do 'whatever they want' | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Alzheimer's patients are often placed in traditional nursing homes where they're told to stick to strict diets, schedules and routines. But one facility's innovative approach is giving patients the comfort and independence they need to thrive.

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Cognitive Dynamics launches Cognitive Connections Arts Program for Patients with Alzheimer’s

Cognitive Dynamics launches Cognitive Connections Arts Program for Patients with Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Neuroscience has learned that different parts of the brain are used when a person is creating art versus speaking.

 

In a dementia patient, where the traditional pathways of language have broken down, the patient can sometimes paint a memory or feeling they otherwise couldn’t articulate. The art can be a valuable diagnostic tool and a therapeutic remedy.

 

With Cognitive Connections, we teach caregivers the skills to use art in this manner.

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Leading Alzheimer’s Disease Groups Unveil Monthly Twitter Chat

Join us the 2nd Tuesday of every month!

 

The regularly-scheduled discussion was conceived of by USAgainstAlzheimer’s, and is co-sponsored by AARP, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, the American Health Assistance Foundation, The Fox Group, LLC, the Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. (that's us!), and Seniors for Living.

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Assistance with Satisfaction – Caring for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Assistance with Satisfaction – Caring for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

For a person suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, structure is a vital part of everyday life.

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Play encourages dialogue around Alzheimer’s and dementia

Play encourages dialogue around Alzheimer’s and dementia | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Playwright JC Sulzenko tells of Jake’s experience as he watches his grandma change from world traveller, expert birder and best cookie baker, to someone who forgets where she lives and cannot remember his name.

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CaringWise Blog: Tips, Tools and Reflections for the Family Caregiver

CaringWise Blog: Tips, Tools and Reflections for the Family Caregiver | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

These days it seems like everyone I know is dealing with an aging parent.
Whether it is a short-term need—lots of hands-on help while recuperating from a
hip replacement—or the sort of change that heralds a whole new stage of life,
it’s tough. Even depressing. And as a friend it’s hard to know how to help.

 

Here are five mood boosters that can help your friend through this rocky
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Dementia Care: Seeing it from the Other Side | American Society on Aging

Dementia Care: Seeing it from the Other Side | American Society on Aging | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

This FREE web seminar will present health care providers with some of the latest information available in understanding dementia, with a goal of working more effectively with people living with the condition and their caregivers.

 

Some of the most common questions regarding dementia will be addressed, including “How do you tell the difference between normal aging and dementia?”, “What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?”, “Why should I worry about getting it identified or diagnosed?”, and “Why are they doing this?”

 

Practical and valuable answers to these questions will be outlined, with a goal of seeing things differently and providing better care and support to those you serve.

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Dementia Sufferers' Behavior Improved By Laughter: Study | ThirdAge

Dementia Sufferers' Behavior Improved By Laughter: Study | ThirdAge | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Dementia sufferers showed improvements in their behavior after being encouraged to laugh as part of a study of four hundred people across 36 nursing homes.

 

Patients who had amusing visits from a "humor therapist" and were cared for by staff under a "laughter boss" were less agitated, reports the Herald Sun.

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Pat Robertson: Alzheimer's Makes Divorce OK - ABC News

Pat Robertson: Alzheimer's Makes Divorce OK - ABC News | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Robertson's comments came after a viewer asked what advice he should give a friend who had been seeing another woman since his wife had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

 

"I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her," Robertson said.

 

But the Rev. A.D. Baxter, a social worker with Cole Neuroscience Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, said care from a loved one is irreplaceable.

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Join #talkalz on Twitter every 2nd Tuesday!

Join #talkalz on Twitter every 2nd Tuesday! | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Want the latest solid information and advice about Alzheimer’s Disease?

 

 

Join #talkalz every 2nd Tuesday at 12 noon EST!

 

Our chat will primarily reach out to those impacted by the disease: patients, caregivers, loved ones of those with Alzheimer’s. But we’re also here to collaborate with other Alzheimer’s organizations, caregiving organizations, healthcare providers, lawmakers, big pharma, researchers; anyone who has something constructive to add to the Alzheimer’s dialogue. Please join us and add to our conversation!

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Current challenge: Living well with dementia

Current challenge: Living well with dementia | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

The Design Council and the Department of Health are running a competition to rethink life with dementia. We’re challenging you to help people with dementia and their carers live easier, better planned and more enjoyable lives.

 

You give: your time + your team + your ideas

 

You get: a slice of £360K + professional support to make a difference

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I Remember Better When I Paint | Dementia & Alzheimer's Weekly

I Remember Better When I Paint | Dementia & Alzheimer's Weekly | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

The people you see here, at the museum, at the circus, or at a painting workshop, people who appear so together, so alive and focused, are in fact dealing with serious memory problems.

 

They have lost many of their cognitive skills. They are living with Alzheimer's disease.

 

Their involvement with the arts and other creative activities is now being recognized as a way to help bring them back into more active communication and a richer quality of life.

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National Brain Game Challenge

Take the challenge! The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) presents the inaugural National Brain Game Challenge, an exciting online game of skill created by renowned puzzle master Merl Reagle. Designed for novices, puzzle buffs and anyone else up for a challenge, the contest sends the message—in a fun way—that it’s never too early or too late to embrace brain health. Plus, your involvement supports our cause!

 

http://www.alzfdn.org/challenge/

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Will 100 Become the New 50? Rising Longevity and Its Impact on Society | ParisTech Review

Will 100 Become the New 50? Rising Longevity and Its Impact on Society | ParisTech Review | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

In most places in the world, the death rate keeps falling. Even in the West, where we keep doing our best to tempt fate by gaining more weight, the trend continues to be toward longer life.

 

Now some scientists believe the rapid growth of genetic knowledge may make further medical breakthroughs even more likely. How much longer might we live? And how will society cope if we do?

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