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Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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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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…)

After55 Living Radio Episode 20 – All About Wells Fargo Elder Services

This episode of After55 Living Radio features Liz Reeve-Calley and Chuck Newman of Wells Fargo Elder Services in Sun City, Arizona discussing the many facets of their elder services program and how it benefits the seniors it serves.

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ALZHEIMER’S – A YOUNG MAN’s JOURNEY WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER

Alzheimer’s is a disease which affects most families. In my own family, every woman, with the exception of one aunt, has had Alzheimer’s or Dementia. I make a point of reading everything I can on Alzheimer’s. When I saw this video on YouTube I was so touched as it is from a young man whose grandmother has Alzheimer’s. He is sharing what he has found out about the disease and the symptoms he witnessed in his grandmother.

Anyone needing more information on alzheimer’s can go to www.alz.org . The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Digital Publishing for Seniors – find digital editions of senior resource guides, magazines, brochures and newspapers at the the web’s only interactive library for aging adults at www.after55.com

JAMA Article Claims Merck Wrote Drug Studies for Doctors

Here’s another very sad but apparently very true tidbit about how far pharmaceutical companies will go to market their products. An article that is about to be published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) claims that research studies published by Merck citing authorship by various medical experts, including a paper claiming that the popular pain killer Vioxx may also be a deterrent to the progression of Alzheimer’s may have actually been written by Merck itself. Upon investigation, the article claims that there appears to be scant evidence that the supposed authors of the study made any significant contribution to the study. There are also questions as to whether the clinical trials cited in this and other reports actually took place at all.

April 17, 2008 (NY TImes) – The drug maker Merck drafted dozens of research studies for a best-selling drug, then lined up prestigious doctors to put their names on the reports before publication, according to an article to be published Wednesday in a leading medical journal. (more…)

Consuming high levels of Vitamin E may extend lifespan of Alzheimer’s patients – but is it safe?

TUESDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) — Alzheimer’s patients who consume very high levels of vitamin E seem to live longer than those who do not, new research suggests. (more…)

After 55 Living Radio Episode 18 – Hospice Programs for Dementia Patients

This episode features 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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Early Testing For Alzheimer’s – Why?

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(photo courtesy of basykes and flickr)

Smart Genetics, a company located in Philadelphia, is ready to begin testing saliva samples for Alzheimer’s. The test, called the Alzheimer’s Mirror test will cost the consumer $399. The test is due to be released on the market in the spring of 2008. I had to sit and really digest the impact of this test. USA Today wrote an article about the new test which is where I first learned about it. Click Here to read the article. I am not one to stick my head in the sand and not want to know but (more…)

Finding The Positive Side Of Memory Loss

  

The video you are about to watch helps take a look at dementia in a more positive way than is normally presented. I was at a conference this weekend that tried to teach the audience not to be emotionally overcome by those around us who have memory impairments. The bottom line is, those not suffering from a memory disorder are often the ones who suffer the most as they watch their loved ones. This video presents a refreshing outlook while at the same time teaching us how to work with those who do have memory impairments. Being in the senior business makes me want to learn as much as I can about all the many age related diseases. The more I know, the better I can relate to those different from myself. What we don’t know is usually what we fear so watch, learn and here’s to hoping we all become better educated on a disease that is affecting more and more older adults.