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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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Elder Care Planning Resource Guide | Seniors For Living

Elder Care Planning Resource Guide | Seniors For Living | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Those plan-ahead types may drive you crazy – or, you may consider yourselves one of those efficient elite. No matter where you stand, planning can be an onerous undertaking, depending on the circumstances for which you’re preparing.

 

But the one thing worse than the overwhelming dread of planning for something that may be years down the road, something that may never happen, something that may alter drastically at a moment’s notice?

 

Crisis.

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YOUTUBE: Unlocking Abilities & Nurturing Capabilities to Improve Quality of Life

Learn how a non-responsive dementia patient in hospice was awakened when OTR/L Kim Warchol and Dena asked themselves, "What CAN she still do?" and focused on the woman's abilities, not her deficits.

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Dear President Obama: A letter about the National Alzheimer's Project Act

Dear President Obama: A letter about the National Alzheimer's Project Act | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

After listening to President Obama talk about the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), I share this response.

 

It is time for all of us who share the mission to enable those living with Alzheimer’s disease to thrive to make our voices known. I believe we have something special to contribute to this discussion.

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The National Alzheimer's Project

The National Alzheimer's Project | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Please share the greatest challenge, frustration or concern you have about Alzheimer’s that you want the National Alzheimer’s Plan to address.

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Going from Alzheimer's researcher to patient - SFGate

Going from Alzheimer's researcher to patient - SFGate | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Rae Lyn Burke was driving to work in Menlo Park when it happened - she realized she couldn't do math anymore.

A career scientist who'd worked at many of the Bay Area's major biotech companies, Burke was used to doing simple math problems in her head while she was behind the wheel. It was a relaxing, calming habit.

But that day four years ago, she couldn't remember how to do multiplication. And she panicked. She'd been a researcher long enough to know almost immediately what was wrong: She had Alzheimer's disease.
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Hospice helps dying for dementia patients - UPI.com

Hospice helps dying for dementia patients - UPI.com | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
People whose loved ones received hospice care reported an improved quality of care and that the quality of dying was improved, U.S. researchers say.
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Dr Thomas Fath | UNSW Research Gateway

Dr Thomas Fath | UNSW Research Gateway | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
The primary research focus of the lab is on the regulation of the cytoskeleton in injury of the nervous system and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease with a particular interest in the microfilament system.
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Video: Dementia Care: Challenges and Solutions

Learn more about how caregivers can address some of the challenges they face by introducing a model of care that has improved function and quality of life for countless individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).
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Need Air? Open a Window Into the Alzheimer's Soul

Need Air? Open a Window Into the Alzheimer's Soul | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Stories of how people with Alzheimer's spark to creative activities involving art, music, and literature are fascinating to hear – and even more so to witness. Better yet, arts activities make life less stressful for dementia caregivers, which is why I can't revisit this topic enough.
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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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6 Steps to Great Activities for Dementia Patients

6 Steps to Great Activities for Dementia Patients | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

When I was hired as an activities director for an assisted living community near
Valley Forge, PA, I was a newly minted college graduate with an English degree
and four years of volunteer experience.

 

Sure, I had a lot of passion for the senior population, but I knew almost nothing about the practice of working with and for them.

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Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Foundation of America | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

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!

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Transition to Assisted Living: More Pros than Cons? | Seniors For Living

Transition to Assisted Living: More Pros than Cons? | Seniors For Living | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

Few individuals, if any, want to be dependent on others for meeting basic daily needs, or even complex ones. While we may be happy to go on vacation and have someone else make the bed and serve meals for a week or two, it’s an entirely different issue when we can no longer do those things on our own.

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Brain scan to spot Alzheimer's in 60 mins - The Times of India

Brain scan to spot Alzheimer's in 60 mins - The Times of India | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered that a PET scan, usually used to spot cancerous tumours, can identify the early signs of dementia by measuring activity in the brain in under 60 minutes.
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Resource Review: Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter | CPI

Resource Review: Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter | CPI | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
For many years I have been looking for a video that would really describe the experience of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s in a way that would speak to family and professional caregivers. This video offers profound insight into caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. It compassionately and effectively addresses the care, safety, and emotional issues experienced at many stages of the illness.
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I Am Still Here

Just two days ago I was able to teach a dying man's sister he was Still In There even though he was in the midst of his final journey.

He was laying in his bed, comfortable, with his favorite blanket covering all but his head.

He was about 3 days into his transition process and his 94 year old twin sister was sitting quietly at his bedside.
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A Discussion of Cognitive Screening Instruments and Executive Functions | CPI

Early identification of cognitive impairment is very important. And yet a large cross-sectional study of primary care physicians’ charts found that in 65% of cases of dementia, there was no diagnosis mentioned in the chart.
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Living with Dementia: Using Social Media to Cope with Dementia - Alzheimer's

Living with Dementia: Using Social Media to Cope with Dementia - Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
The one problem I see with suggesting that those of us with dementia use Facebook as a way to keep in touch with others, thus involving us more in life, is that those of us over the age of, say, 55, were not introduced to computers at an early age. Sure, if we worked a job where we were forced to use computers in our adulthood, we would be more inclined to try using Facebook. Those younger people were put on a computer very early in their lives and so using one is second nature to them. We, of the older generations, may not feel as comfortable, and those of us with dementia may have a more difficult time learning to use one.
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