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Memories in the Making – Art Therapy & Alzheimers

Overview of Art Therapy Program developed by artist Maureen Simpson for Memory Care Residents of Encore Senior Village in Scottsdale, AZ. We created this video back in 2007 while working with the administrators of Encore to focus local attention on this groundbreaking program. It is very moving to see the profound effect this program had on the residents.

(Please note: Because HD video was not available at the time this video was filmed, it may appear slightly blurry when played in standard definition on your current monitor.)

Repost: Dementia Caregiving and Hospice, After55 Radio Episode 18

I recently had lunch with a friend whose parent is living with Alzheimer’s Disease. We spoke at length about the difficulties she was facing in caring for her loved one. After our meeting, I was reminded of the wonderful and informative segment I did back in the days of my radio show Live Long, Live Well with a prominent Alzheimer’s expert. I decided to repost the episode for the benefit of others who may also be facing a similar situation.

This episode featured Jan Dougherty, Family and Community Services Director at Arizona’s Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. Jan is responsible for setting new standards of care for patients with dementia and their families through the development of innovative programs.  She has developed many pioneering programs being used in Arizona and nationally.

Jan was named “Gerontologist of the Year” in 2003 by the AZ Geriatrics Society and received the “Caring Spirit Award” in 2005 from the Area Agency on Aging, Region One. She was awarded the Vision Award in 2006 from Hospice of the Valley, the Nation’s largest non-profit hospice organization. We were honored to have an opportunity to speak with her about some of the programs she has pioneered.

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Grief and the Elderly

Article from today’s NY Times Op-ED about Grief:

Grief Unedited
by Ruth Davis Konigsberg

EVER since Joan Didion’s book “The Year of Magical Thinking” began its lengthy run as a bestseller in 2005, a number of first-person accounts of losing a husband have been published. Among them were Kate Braestrup’s “Here If You Need Me,” Anne Roiphe’s “Epilogue” and Kay Redfield Jamison’s “Nothing Was the Same.” This week, they are being joined by Joyce Carol Oates’s “A Widow’s Story,” which recounts the death of her 77-year old husband, Raymond Smith, from complications following pneumonia in 2008. While these memoirs are often moving, they are also highly subjective snapshots that don’t teach us much about how we typically grieve, nor more importantly, for how long.

In the past decade, social scientists with unprecedented access to large groups of widows and widowers have learned that, as individual an experience as grief may be, there are specific patterns to its intensity and duration that are arguably more helpful in guiding the bereaved in what to expect. They have found that most older people who lose spouses from natural causes recover much more quickly than we have come to expect. In fact, for many, acute grief tends to lift well within six months after the loss. (more…)

The Crabby Old Man

Whether it’s a true story or urban myth, this poem I received today is really beautiful. The story goes that when a crabby old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home, the nurses went through his things and found this poem scrawled on a piece of paper. The news of the poem spread and it was eventually published in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. I share it with you now and ask you to ponder its meaning. The next time you meet an older person don’t forget they still have the spirit of a young soul within: (more…)

Learning About Guardianships

Palm Beach, Florida Elder Law Attorney Lisa Goldstein talks about all aspects of Guardianship – what it is, how it is established, the costs involved and what the guardian is mandated to do. Lisa’s website is

Dispelling Myths About Hospice

Hospice…the word often evokes feelings of sadness and hopelessness, yet hospice is so much more. It’s not about adding days to someone’s life, it’s about adding life to someone’s days. Watch this video presented by VITAS Hospice to learn more…

Life is a ball…

I came across this beautiful video on  YouTube that was produced by Eskaton, an assisted living provider in Northern California. It is beautifully written and produced. Send a beautiful message about aging and dignity – “It’s not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts!”

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did!

New Compound May Help Doctors Spot Alzheimer’s Disease

From today’s Christian Post

A new imaging compound may help doctors in the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease carries symptoms similar to other conditions, which results in missed or inaccurate diagnosis of the disease. Early, accurate detection can help patients and their families plan for the effect this progressive, degenerative, brain disease will have on their loved ones. (more…)

Here’s to many more: Woman’s 103rd birthday celebrated up in the air

Photos by Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight: Air Shasta pilot David Everson talks to Marion Paul after taking her and her son Wayne on a flight over Redding in celebration of Marion's 103rd birthday Wednesday

From today’s Redding (CA) Record Searchlight by Sean Langoria…

A Redding, CA woman and her son celebrated her 103rd birthday Wednesday with a flight over the city.

Marion Paul and her 73-year-old son, Wayne, were treated to a helicopter ride around Redding as part of her birthday celebration.

“She loved it,” said Wayne Paul, also of Redding. “She was smiling and grinning, waving and pointing.” (more…)