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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 patch.
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.
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!
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
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!