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Person-centered care improves quality of life--including caring for the caregivers.
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"Will I be here next year?" A word about Christmas and dementia

Norm was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's. He posts videos to talk about what he's going through. In this latest video, he sees Christmas as a time of reflection and asks, "Will I be the same next year? Will I be able to do this? Will I be able to talk to my friends?

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Alzheimer's and Mom and Me

Alzheimer's and Mom and Me | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

My husband says I have a camera in my head and he is right. It takes pictures and movies of the memories of my life. I can see those memories anytime I want - and sometimes when I don't. I can see my children's birth, my wedding, my surprise 30th birthday party, the night my husband had a heart attack. But, somehow, the day my mom came to take me to the hospital is my most vivid memory. It was the day my mommy no longer put me first. It was the start of the ruthless spiral down to Alzheimer's.

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Early Indicators of Mild or Early Stage Dementia | CPI

Early Indicators of Mild or Early Stage Dementia | CPI | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Money management: Is the person paying the bills on time, writing the checks out correctly, are the calculations in the check book correct, is he/she balancing the check book? Also, look for indications of buying things the person can not afford or that they are not in need of (may be at risk for predatory crime).

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Alzheimer's Treatment: How Non-Drug Therapies Can Help

Alzheimer's Treatment: How Non-Drug Therapies Can Help | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Treatments such as personal counseling and occupational therapy-based strategies support families and teach them the skills they need to protect their own health and cope with the demands of caregiving for those with dementia.

 

These programs meet the gold standard for both drug and non-drug treatments: they have been proven effective in randomized controlled trials. And, unlike drug therapy, there are no adverse side effects. There is also an economic argument to be made for better caregiver support. In 2009, nearly 11 million family and other unpaid caregivers provided an estimated 12.5 billion hours of care to people with dementia. This care is valued at nearly $144 billion. The country can't afford the consequences of these caregivers becoming too burned out or sick to carry on.

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How Exercise Benefits the Brain

How Exercise Benefits the Brain | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

New research suggests that surges in a brain protein after exercise may play a particular role in improving memory and recall.

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Stephen Duncan's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:39 AM

Wouldnt it be nice to see research like this used to promote the benefits of exercise in the areas of rehab and anti-aging instead of drugs being the first port of call?

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Alzheimer's: Deep brain stimulation 'reverses' disease

Alzheimer's: Deep brain stimulation 'reverses' disease | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Lead researcher Prof Andres Lozano said you would expect the hippocampus to shrink by five per cent on average in a year in patients with Alzheimer's. After 12 months of stimulation, he said one patient had a five per cent increase and another had an eight per cent increase.

 

"How big a deal is 8%? It is huge. We've never seen the hippocampus grow in Alzheimer's under any circumstance. It was an amazing finding for us," he told the BBC.

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How I coped with my wife's early onset dementia

How I coped with my wife's early onset dementia | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

After Elaine was diagnosed, I was distraught, but no one helped us to find out what benefits Elaine needed, or to fill out the endless forms. There is a desperate need for more support for people with early-onset dementia, and counselling and training for their carers.

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A New Way to Look at Alzheimer's

A New Way to Look at Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

In recent years, researchers have made a number of major advances in understanding the origins of Alzheimer's. But a new study shows that however much we know, new research can change the game.

 

The prevailing theory of Alzheimer's suggests that the destructive buildup of plaques outside brain cells occurs because brain cells secrete too much beta-amyloid peptide, the precursor to plaques. Recent studies have suggested that the problem in Alzheimer's lies not in the brain's production of the plaques, but in its clearance of them.

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Preparing Your Emergency Plan on ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management

Preparing Your Emergency Plan on ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Disasters tend to happen when first-string managers are unavailable. Their backups - and their backups' backup - need to be able to function effectively in their stead.

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AARP Accepting Nominations for 2012 Purpose Prize

AARP Accepting Nominations for 2012 Purpose Prize | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

The AARP is accepting nominations for its 2012 Purpose Prize, which recognizes individuals over age 60 who “combine their passion and experience for the betterment of all,” according to its website. Winners will receive awards up to $100,000.

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Younger onset Alzheimer's diagnosis doesn't rule out active life

Younger onset Alzheimer's diagnosis doesn't rule out active life | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Cindy Kolick had to quit the professional theater, her passion for 30 years, after dementia symptoms made navigating the stage difficult.

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Ruth Kobin: 100 Years Old And Healthy Thanks To Pilates and Weight Lifting

Ruth Kobin: 100 Years Old And Healthy Thanks To Pilates and Weight Lifting | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

"Keep active, that’s my advice. And if you can’t do serious exercise, at least walk. And even if you can’t walk, there are stretching exercises that are very helpful. There’s no excuse not to move. If you’re able to move, you’re able to do some form of exercise."

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Remembering to Care

Remembering to Care | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Alzheimer's disease, affecting as many as 5.1 million Americans, is expensive, and resources are limited. increasingly families of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's are taking the care of loved ones into their own hands.

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Preschoolers get lesson in life from local seniors

Preschoolers get lesson in life from local seniors | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

The preschool class at James Madison Primary School in Edison received a first-time surprise visit Nov. 18 from John O’Shea, Agnes Chesnock and Frederick “Willy” Meisnest, residents of the Whispering Knoll assisted living community on James Street.

 

Michele Chihadeh, program director at the facility, said it’s important to note that even though Meisnest, 88, lives in the facility’s Alzheimer’s care wing, he does not have the disease.

 

“It’s a deep love story,” Chihadeh said, explaining why Meisnest lives in the wing. “In 2007, his wife Emily was brought in for special care for dementia. Since Willy did not have dementia, he was told he could get a room outside of the wing. What he told us was, ‘I have been with this woman so long, I am not about to leave her now.’ ”

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Derek Boogaard: A Brain ‘Going Bad’

Derek Boogaard: A Brain ‘Going Bad’ | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Boogaard had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly known as C.T.E., a close relative of Alzheimer’s disease. It is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. It can be diagnosed only posthumously, but scientists say it shows itself in symptoms like memory loss, impulsiveness, mood swings, even addiction.

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Retired NFL Players and Dementia: Brain Trauma Hits Hard After Football Career

Retired NFL Players and Dementia: Brain Trauma Hits Hard After Football Career | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

 

A career in the NFL can be very lucrative for some, but is it worth the fame, glory and fortune, if it steals your future?

 

The statistics are scary. One in three retired football players will suffer some cognitive impairment, and many end up suffering a serious degree of dementia, making life after football especially challenging, and some have faced such extreme difficulties they've decided to end their lives.

 

Here is a look at what happened to just four NFL players after they retired from football.

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"Simple" way to fight off dementia

"Simple" way to fight off dementia | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

SIMPLE puzzles which stimulate the brain can halt the advance of dementia as effectively as some drugs, it has been revealed.

 

Patients who regularly boosted their mind and memory skills were able to perform routine, everyday tasks twice as effectively than when they had been on medication, according to the study.

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Fresh Holiday Music Ideas

Fresh Holiday Music Ideas | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

December is just around the corner, and we've already been hearing holiday songs in stores and on the radio--whether we want to or not! What holiday music ideas do you use with your seniors, whether in a residential or long-term care facility, or at home?

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Aging in place: Most seniors want to stay put

Aging in place: Most seniors want to stay put | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Beryl O'Connor, 80, has no interest in trading the home she's lived in since the 1970s for retirement center. "I just couldn’t be around old people,” she says.

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Great Elder Wisdom Contest Entries! Keep ‘Em Coming!

You’re invited to share elders’ life lessons in two ways: People of any age can submit (in around 100-200 words) a lesson they have learned from an older person, and older people can submit one of their own lessons for living.

 

Prizes include $100 Amazon gift cards and copies of the just-published book 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from theWisest Americans.

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Taking Time for Empathic Listening | CPI

Taking Time for Empathic Listening | CPI | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Have you ever thought, "I don't have time for this?" We are often rushing through our shift with production to get out, people to change, and goals to meet.

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Caregiving Resource Center: How to Get Paid for Being a Family Caregiver -- AARP

Caregiving Resource Center: How to Get Paid for Being a Family Caregiver -- AARP | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

If you're one of more than 70 million people who provide unpaid caregiving for a family member or friend — either in that person's home or in your own — you know that the time and energy burden can be enormous. In fact, you may have cut back or given up your paying job. Your smaller (or now nonexistent) paycheck may be pinching you hard. If so, it might be possible for you to get a small but regular payment for your caregiving work.

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Could It Be Alzheimer's | Parade.com

Could It Be Alzheimer's | Parade.com | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

When legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt announced in August that she’d been diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s at age 59, it gave many middle-aged Americans pause. After all, who doesn’t occasionally lose their car keys or forget a dentist’s appointment?

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On Veterans Day and beyond, honor the WWII generation | Seniors For Living

On Veterans Day and beyond, honor the WWII generation | Seniors For Living | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

With Veterans Day just around the corner, it is a fitting time to honor the heritage of these heroes and heroines, and a good reminder to celebrate their victories and thank them for their sacrifices year-round.

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Music Has Therapeutic Effects on Individuals Living With Alzheimer's Disease

Music Has Therapeutic Effects on Individuals Living With Alzheimer's Disease | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function reports that early research on the therapeutic effects of music indicates that it may help improve scores!

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