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Person-centered care improves quality of life--including caring for the caregivers.
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My mother, and other dementia patients, could still enjoy quality of life

My mother, and other dementia patients, could still enjoy quality of life | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

"They can have quality of life and they can do that if we concentrate on basic human things. Smile. Touch. A gentle voice. Beauty. Yes, they can have quality of life. Who are we to assume they can't?"

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US wants effective Alzheimer's treatment by 2025

Effective treatments for Alzheimer's by 2025? That's the target the government is eyeing as it develops a national strategy to tackle what could become the defining disease of a rapidly aging population.

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Special Exits

Special Exits | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

With Special Exits, artist and writer Joyce Farmer delivers a wonderful memoir about her aging parents and their aging process.

 

It’s a story all too familiar to anyone with aging parents, and you’ll be instantly moved by the author's treatment of the humanity at the story’s core.

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As USA grays, elder abuse risk and need for shelters grow

As USA grays, elder abuse risk and need for shelters grow | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

They're the nation's fast-growing elderly population, and many are prime targets for abuse — physical, financial, sexual or emotional.

 

Concern among the elderly and their advocates is mounting as the number of seniors soars and more of them live longer.

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The Alzheimer's Project

Watch the pioneering 4-part HBO Documentary Films series, The Alzheimer's Project online. This film series talks to caregivers, family members, researchers and persons living with dementia.

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How much do you value early diagnosis?

The online survey from the Alzheimer Society in Canada revealed that 53% of Canadians believe dementia symptoms were "just old age" and would eventually go away. However, three-quarters of respondents - caregivers of people with dementia - admitted that they wished they had sought a diagnosis sooner to have access to treatments to manage symptoms.

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Chorus Gives Voice to Those With Alzheimer's

Chorus Gives Voice to Those With Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Late December wouldn't be the same without the uplifting sound of holiday choirs, but there's a unique chorus in New York City, called "The Unforgettables," that's bringing new harmony to singers and audiences alike.That's because the chorus' 22 members include 11 men and women diagnosed with early to middle-stage dementia, including dementia linked to Alzheimer's disease, paired up with 11 of their caregivers -- a spouse, child or friend.

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Are We (Finally) at a "Cultural Tipping Point" on Caregiving?

Are We (Finally) at a "Cultural Tipping Point" on Caregiving? | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Family caregivers -- 65 million strong and still operating in the shadows of society. Or are we finally entering its spotlight?

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Top 10: Holiday Advice for Caregivers

Top 10: Holiday Advice for Caregivers | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

If you’re a caregiver to an aging friend or loved one, take a few minutes to read up on some useful tips that can help you travel your caregiving journey with ease.

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Living with Alzheimer’s – Rick Phelps on Placing a loved one in an assisted facility

Living with Alzheimer’s –  Rick Phelps on Placing a loved one in an assisted facility | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Rick has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease EOAD. I will post these videos as I get them from Rick. If you are interested in truly understanding what it is like to have Alzheimer’s or are caring for someone with the disease, I believe these video logs will change your life in a positive fashion.

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The healing power of music

The healing power of music | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

It has been called a window to the soul, the “brandy of the damned” and, most famously, the food of love.Now scientists believe music may also be an important form of medicine.

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New Approach to Alzheimer's Dementia Caregiving Reaches Global Audiences

New Approach to Alzheimer's Dementia Caregiving Reaches Global Audiences | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

A new approach to Alzheimer's and Dementia caregiving, focused on a patient's perception of his/her surroundings, is impacting audiences worldwide. Nationally renowned Dementia Care Specialist Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, and the non-profit Pines Education Institute of S.W. Florida collaborated to produce a series of highly useful, hands-on caregiver training DVDs.

 

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Using Music to Cope with Grief During the Holidays

Using Music to Cope with Grief During the Holidays | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

For someone who is experiencing the first holiday season after losing a loved one, hearing those familiar, cheery Christmas tunes can feel like a noisy assault, or a personal insult.

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Why Do People With Alzheimer's Wander?

Don't think Alzheimer's experts know any more than you about Alzheimer's behaviors. They don't. So, your guess is as good as theirs. And, speaking as a longtime Alzheimer's dementia caregiver, frankly I think caregiver guesses are better than most other people's. So there! In my workshops, I always encourage family caregivers to guess. If the first guess seems to be wrong, guess again. Always be prepared to try something new when dealing with solving a difficult behavior.

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Alzheimer's or Dementia can make you feel Trapped! by Norman McNamara

Alzheimer's or Dementia can make you feel Trapped! by Norman McNamara | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Norman McNamara, diagnosed with Alzheimer's 3 years ago, shares his experiences and the disturbing emotions that he feels.

 

"Did I have to get this awful disease before I could realize what little help those affected by dementia really get? I wonder.

 

"Did I have to get this awful disease to feel guilty enough because I hadn’t helped more before I was diagnosed?"

 

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Open Studies on Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Open Studies on Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Click the interactive map for a listing of clinical trials for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Stay informed!

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How Social Media Can Help Caregivers - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube - AARP Bulletin

How Social Media Can Help Caregivers - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube - AARP Bulletin | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered:

"My mother is driving me crazy, but who can I tell?"

"How can I help Dad out of bed without breaking my own back?"

"Who is going to drive Mom to her doctor's appointment?"

If so, you're a caregiver. And if so, odds are you could benefit from online tools to lighten your load.

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Should you be getting a spinal tap?

Should you be getting a spinal tap? | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Certain biomarkers present in fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain may predicts the onset of Alzheimer’s disease among those who already have mild cognitive impairment 90 percent of the time, according to a recent study.

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Helping Alzheimer's Patients

Helping Alzheimer's Patients | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

For people with forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease, the pressure to remember can be stressful and create barriers with others. But the ability to imagine, to tell improvisational stories, can remain strong as the power to recall wanes, according to Basting. It can be also be an empowering, freeing and fun experience.

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Alzheimer’s Research Seeks Earlier Detection

Alzheimer’s Research Seeks Earlier Detection | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

In the last decade scientists have launched several large-scale clinical trials for what were considered promising new drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

 

But as of yet there is nothing on the market that halts or even slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s in patients.

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Holiday Tip: Think Outside the Shirt Box and Give the Gift of Service

Holiday Tip: Think Outside the Shirt Box and Give the Gift of Service | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Not all gift giving has to be wrapped in beautiful paper or actually cost money. There are many gifts that we can give that don’t require money. We can give gifts of service; we can keep our gifts local; we can give gifts of love. No one ever said a gift has to fit neatly into a shirt box.

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Caring and Caregiving During the Holidays: 6 Considerations for Families of Alzheimer's or Dementia Patients

Caring and Caregiving During the Holidays: 6 Considerations for Families of Alzheimer's or Dementia Patients | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Don't push yourself too far or beat yourself up for not living up to "how things used to be." If you remain positive and adaptable, this season can still be full of celebrations to cherish.

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DCS Partners With AANAC for Quality of Care

DCS Partners With AANAC for Quality of Care | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Dementia Care Specialists (DCS) program has partnered with the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) to provide training to its members.

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Before They Were Grandparents

Before They Were Grandparents | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Adventurers. Singers. Lovers. Farmers. Jocks. Designers. Carpenters. Photographers. Scholars.

 

They did it all before they were grandparents.

 

Bayshore Home Health Vancouver is proud to introduce this online intergenerational storytelling project for people to share treasured stories about their loved ones.

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Examining the Connections Between Alzheimer’s and Military Veterans

Examining the Connections Between Alzheimer’s and Military Veterans | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research can grow only within their available funding. That’s one reason why research into connections between the diseases and military veterans is still in the preliminary stages.

 

But the need for that research has lately grown acute. With more and more soldiers being injured by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), traumatic brain injury (TBI)—and its attending dementia—has been on the rise.

 

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