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Person-centered care improves quality of life--including caring for the caregivers.
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“The Singing Nurse” Soothes Patients in Pain

“The Singing Nurse” Soothes Patients in Pain | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
“The Singing Nurse” Soothes Patients in Pain
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“It’s easy to turn on a TV and walk away. But it’s personal, if you can sit down and talk with them, sing with them, tell them some jokes, do something just to keep their minds off the pain while the medication is kicking in. Even if somebody’s having a bad day…if you can make them feel just a little good about it, you can change the day.”

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72% of Canadians With Alzheimer's Disease Are Women

72% of Canadians With Alzheimer's Disease Are Women | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

This year's Alzheimer's Awareness Month is focused on helping women take action and be Alzheimer's savvy.

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Seventy-two percent of Canadians with Alzheimer's disease are women, according to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Not only that, women are more likely to care for family members who have dementia.

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Best 3 Resources From Dementia Caregivers

Best 3 Resources From Dementia Caregivers | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

What great ideas did dementia caregivers on Facebook pick to help their loved ones thrive? Click to find out!

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6 S’s to Help You Survive the Holidays - AgingCare.com

6 S’s to Help You Survive the Holidays - AgingCare.com | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
The holidays are always stressful, but when you add caregiving into the scenario, the season for loving and sharing can become almost too much to handle. Here's how Charlie and I cope.
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How to De-Stress From Caregiving

How to De-Stress From Caregiving | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
"Take care of yourself," everyone says. But how exactly do you do that when there are so many demands on your time and energy?
 
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New Alzheimer’s-Like Disease Under Investigation

New Alzheimer’s-Like Disease Under Investigation | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Have you heard of PART? Researchers are studying this new disease that resembles Alzheimer’s enough to puzzle both scientific and health care industries.
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Functional Cognitive Assessment and Partnering With Kindred Healthcare

Functional Cognitive Assessment and Partnering With Kindred Healthcare | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Functional cognitive assessments help you provide the best approaches throughout the continuum of care for a person with Alzheimer's/dementia.
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Dementia Care for Boomers to Cost Trillions

Dementia Care for Boomers to Cost Trillions | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
The person-centered care that individuals with dementia deserve can take a toll financially.
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Now USC researchers have announced that Alzheimer’s costs will reach $1.5 trillion, a figure deemed necessary to support persons in all stages of this progressive disease.

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DGA Foundation Commits $500,000 to Study Ways to Delay Alzheimer’s Dementia - Hollywood Reporter

DGA Foundation Commits $500,000 to Study Ways to Delay Alzheimer’s Dementia - Hollywood Reporter | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
The Directors Guild Foundation is making a 10-year, $500,000 commitment to the Motion Picture & Television Fund to support the creation of the DGA Foun...
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Tis the Season for ... Precipitating Factors

Tis the Season for ... Precipitating Factors | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
The holidays can be overwhelming for people with ASD, but these tips can help you make your festivities less stressful and more fun for everyone.
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I don’t know if you’re like me, but every year around this time a big lump develops in my throat, my head starts spinning, the to-do list grows, and I’m convinced that time starts moving in fast forward. We've now entered The Holiday Season.

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Kim Warchol Presents at the Memory Loss Conference 2014

Kim Warchol Presents at the Memory Loss Conference 2014 | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Professional and family caregivers: Get a new take on making life better for people who have dementia.
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With a new perspective about the disease, hope and opportunity can emerge. 

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In Alzheimer’s, emotions may linger after memories vanish

In Alzheimer’s, emotions may linger after memories vanish | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a small U.S. study, Alzheimer’s patients felt sad or happy long after viewing video clips designed to induce those emotions, and long after having forgotten details of the
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“They might not be able to tell you what happened but the emotions that those actions elicited are still there."

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Next Steps: When Your Parents Need Assisted Living

Next Steps: When Your Parents Need Assisted Living | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
If you see that your parents need assisted living care, here are steps to help you walk through finding the right care for an aging parent.
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Sandy Spencer's curator insight, September 29, 2014 9:36 PM

We all have parents, and most of us will be faced with helping our parents cope as they age. www.free-alzheimers-support.com

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Anxiety Drugs Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Anxiety Drugs Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Anxiety Drugs Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease
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The American Geriatrics Society has included sedative-hypnotic drugs like Ambien and Valium on its Choosing Wisely list because the medications are linked to increased rates of falls, fractures, auto accidents, and cognitive impairment in older adults who use them.

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Hospice Care Lessons - AgingCare.com

Hospice Care Lessons - AgingCare.com | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it

My father was only in hospice care for four days, before he died. But it was enough time for me to learn a lesson about why you should never wait for tomorrow to be honest with a loved one.

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Though my father wasn't one to reminisce, I didn't want the regret of not telling him why he meant so much to me.

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Making the Holidays Happy When Your Loved One Has Dementia

Making the Holidays Happy When Your Loved One Has Dementia | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
The holidays often bring stress for families affected by dementia, but there are ways to adapt activities to bring everyone joy.
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One holiday activity you can enjoy together is singing carols. Because speech and singing are controlled by different parts of the brain, many people who can no longer carry on conversations can still sing—even when other verbal abilities are reduced.

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25 tips for visiting a person with Alzheimer's

25 tips for visiting a person with Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared on MariaShriver.com. Many people simply don’t know how to interact with or entertain people who have...
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The Fine Food Trend in Senior Living

The Fine Food Trend in Senior Living | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
The days of canned peas and gravy mix are fading, and this infographic illustrates the value of fresh food for seniors.
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A Positive Message About Dementia for Families and Professionals

A Positive Message About Dementia for Families and Professionals | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
How do we create better lives for people with dementia and those who care for them? The 3 C's of Dementia Capable Care really help.
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Get the three Cs of dementia CAPABLE care!

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Key Partners at the Allen Cognitive Network Symposium

Key Partners at the Allen Cognitive Network Symposium | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Schonberg and Associates partnered with Dementia Care Specialists a couple years ago, and we’ve been creating memory care neighborhoods and memory-care-exclusive assisted living communities.
 
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I'm very blessed to have had the opportunity to share my message at a number of wonderful events this month.

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WTVC NewsChannel 9 :: News - Top Stories - Living With Dementia: A Caregiver's Struggle

WTVC NewsChannel 9 :: News - Top Stories - Living With Dementia: A Caregiver's Struggle | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Living With Dementia: A Caregiver's Struggle
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"Caregivers do experience guilt cause they feel like they are trying to do the best they can in the situation that they have and like you said, you can't watch someone 24 hours a day, seven days a week so we just encourage caregivers to seek help," said McWhorter.

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Creating a Dementia-Supportive Society in Japan

Creating a Dementia-Supportive Society in Japan | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
From a nationwide study to a new national strategy, Japan aims to put more support in place for people with dementia and their families.
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Kim Warchol Presents at the 2014 Allen Cognitive Network Symposium

Kim Warchol Presents at the 2014 Allen Cognitive Network Symposium | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
OTs, PTs, and SLPs, don't miss the 10th Cognitive Symposium this week in Redondo Beach, CA!
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If you’re a physical or occupational therapist or speech-language pathologist who helps individuals with cognitive disabilities function to their best ability, don’t miss this chance to strengthen your skills, network with other professionals in your field, earn continuing education credits (CEUs), and get involved with the Allen Cognitive Network (ACN).

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Music Activities Orchestrate Joy

Music Activities Orchestrate Joy | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Residents in a UK care home absorb melodies and join in music making.
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The language of music can resonate with people when words falter. Verbal and nonverbal residents alike explore new forms of expression and benefit from the music therapy sessions.

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Helping Elders Feel Less Lonely

Helping Elders Feel Less Lonely | Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Scoop.it
Joe hasn’t felt engaged in life since he retired. Mary stopped feeling connected when her husband died. Lucy has arthritis and can’t get around well on her own. Bill’s health is fine, but making sure that his wife, who has Alzheimer’s, gets the care she needs consumes his time and energy.
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