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The Green House Effect: Homes for the Elderly to Thrive

The Green House Effect: Homes for the Elderly to Thrive | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
The common belief is that nursing homes are depressing places where old people go to die. But the Green House project offers cheerful, homelike facilities that are respectful of the needs and wants of elderly Americans.
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The Green House Project = respectful living for seniors:

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Senior living worthy of respect ...

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Nasal Spray Effective Treatment For Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s, Study Finds — PsyBlog

Nasal Spray Effective Treatment For Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s, Study Finds — PsyBlog | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
Memory loss and Alzheimer’s treated with a nasal spray over 21 days.
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Insulin ... interesting!

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10 Popular Google Searches Alzheimer's and Dementia

10 Popular Google Searches Alzheimer's and Dementia | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
Millions of searches are conducted each day looking for information on Alzheimer's disease, dementia care, memory care, memory, health, and tests for Alzheimer's and dementia.

Many of those Google, Bing, Yahoo, AOL and Ask searches result in readers being sent directly to the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR) for the valuable information they need to accomplish their caregiving goals.

The list below contains 10 of the more popular searches that land readers on the ARR.

Via Bob DeMarco, Sandy Spencer
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Are you searching for Alzheimers Info? The Alzheimer's Reading Room is highly recommended.

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Sandy Spencer's curator insight, October 21, 2014 12:13 PM

The searches help us know so much about what concerns those with Alzheimer's dementia and their caregivers. 

http://www.free-alzheimers-support.com

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What I Learned About Love As A Caregiver To An Alzheimer's Patient

What I Learned About Love As A Caregiver To An Alzheimer's Patient | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
I realized that my friendship with Ed trumped the tribulations and exhaustion that went along with it, and no matter what else impacted our time together, that love matters above all else....
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This is a love story ...

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The worst paying fastest-growing job in America

The worst paying fastest-growing job in America | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
Historical discrimination, demographics, and public funding has left home care workers at the very bottom of the American work hierarchy.
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Alert: The "senior tsunami" is coming.

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Alzheimer's disease & artistic expression: The paintings of Lester Eugene Potts, Jr.

Alzheimer's disease & artistic expression: The paintings of Lester Eugene Potts, Jr. | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
Description:  While victims of Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias are losing their memories and ability to communicate, art can be their escape. "Art can often be a window to bypass th...
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Art and Alzheimer's ... amazing!

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The Genius of Marian | POV | PBS

The Genius of Marian | POV | PBS | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
When Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer’s, her family grapples with the disease alongside her, and her eldest son attempts to recover her memories by recording conversations in this visually rich, poignant film.
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Compelling, heartfelt short film documenting Pam Whites diagnosis and her family's journey with early onset alzheimer's disease.

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The Power of Music - Henry Wakes Up! (Alzheimers patient kicks disease in the butt! Amazing!) - YouTube

http://www.facebook.com/SleepyMoose Henry, a nursing home patient with alzheimers, who normally assumes a vegetative state, comes alive upon hearing music fr...
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See this amazing transformation! #musictherapy

September is World Alzheimer's Month.

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For the people helping people with Alzheimer's | alzheimers.gov

For the people helping people with Alzheimer's | alzheimers.gov | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
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September is World Alzheimer's Awareness Month: Alzheimer's disease is more than just forgetfulness. Learn the symptoms.

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Video: Bringing Back Alzheimer's Patients With Music

IPods loaded with music from their youth seem to awaken lost memories.
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Alzheimer's Disease meets music therapy! Simply fabulous! #alz #alzheimers #hcsm

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Communication Is Key for Caregivers

Communication Is Key for Caregivers | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
Having a doctor give a detailed breakdown of the disease and caregiving advice throughout its progression is invaluable when it comes to giving care, and coping as a family. Here are the most impactful takeaways I took from the experience....
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"Step one is coming to terms with the illness that is alzheimer's and the fact that there is no cure."

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Broncos' Bowlen has Alzheimer's, steps down

Longtime Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has given up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer's disease.
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See you on the sidelines Pat! Pat Bowlen battles Alzheimer's. As it progresses, he'll step aside. Amazing career, great human being and oustanding legacy.

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'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You've Got Alzheimer's?'

'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You've Got Alzheimer's?' | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
Writer Greg O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease five years ago. He describes what it was like to hear the news — and break it to his family.
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Real life ...

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Northwestern MutualVoice: Slow Dancing With A Stranger: A Caregiver's Account of Alzheimer's Cost

Northwestern MutualVoice: Slow Dancing With A Stranger: A Caregiver's Account of Alzheimer's Cost | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
The symptoms were hardly noticeable at first. In fact, had Meryl Comer not been a veteran TV news reporter, she might have missed the subtle changes in her husband’s behavior.
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Alzheimer's Disease "second victim" is women caregivers. The cost of caregiving can be financially devastating. #costofcare

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Breakthrough Replicates Human Brain Cells for Use in Alzheimer’s Research

Breakthrough Replicates Human Brain Cells for Use in Alzheimer’s Research | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
The discovery will allow scientists to quickly, cheaply and easily test drugs that might stop the process in the first place.
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Interesting advance in Alzheimer's Research ...

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Brain’s Inner GPS Wins 3 Scientists Nobel Medicine Prize

Brain’s Inner GPS Wins 3 Scientists Nobel Medicine Prize | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
The discovery of cells in the brain that make up an internal global-positioning system won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for three scientists.
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We need all the research advances we can get involving the Brain!

Brain Researchers win Nobel Prize:

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Common Prescription Drugs May Raise Risk for Alzheimer’s

Common Prescription Drugs May Raise Risk for Alzheimer’s | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
According to an article published by CBS News, consistent use of benzodiazepines such as Valium, Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin is correlated with as much as a 51 percent increase for the risk of Alzheimer’s. Researchers in a study investigated 1,796 cases of Alzheimer’s disease,...
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51% Increase?? This is alarming!

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Not Running a Hospital: A terrible burden imposed on doctors

Not Running a Hospital: A terrible burden imposed on doctors | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
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What Doctors Feel ... We all should care.

Thanks you Danielle Ofri, MD.

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Ginny Dillon's curator insight, September 19, 2014 11:02 PM

Pay very close attention ...

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Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life

Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
The committee said the health care system was geared toward delivering costly additional care that patients often do not want.
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Managing end of life care better.

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Memory Loss & 10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer's Association

Memory Loss & 10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer's Association | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's. Learn the 10 early signs of Alzheimer's and what to do if you notice them.
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Handy checklist and tips on what are considered normal, age related issues vs those Alzheimer's related symptoms that should be of concern.

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FDA approves AliveCor’s algorithm to detect arrhythmia using a smartphone

FDA approves AliveCor’s algorithm to detect arrhythmia using a smartphone | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
In mobile health news today, the FDA approved an algorithm to detect arrhythmia using the AliveCor mobile health device that fits on a smartphone.
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Detecting cardiac arrhythmia using your smart phone.  This app could be a life saver. #afib #stroke #heart

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My Dad With Our Dog - YouTube

My father had Alzheimers. This is what happened when he was with our dog. (He passed away on July 25, 2014.)

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Heartfelt relationship. "My father had Alzheimers. This is what happened when he was with our dog. (He passed away on July 25, 2014.) #goosebumps

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What is the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia?

What is the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia? | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive: What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia symptoms?
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This is a very common question. I can't think of a better place to find the answer than The Alzheimer's Reading Room.

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Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver Center

Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver Center | CareSwap_ALZHEIMER'S | Scoop.it
Dementia & Alzheimer's care, help and support - get information on stages, behaviors, memory loss, medication, activities, care facilities and more. Find support groups, message boards and other tools to help you cope.
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Do you care for a loved one challenged with Alzheimers? You are not alone. Here is a great place to get help.

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