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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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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.

Alzheimer’s – A possible breakthrough?

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(Surgeons insert electrodes into the brain during operations under local anesthetic) 

Scientists discover a way to reverse memory loss in “accidental breakthrough” – by JENNY HOPE in www.dailymail.co.uk 

Scientists have stumbled on a world first in helping a man improve his memory. They were experimenting with deep-brain stimulation in an attempt to curb the appetite of a 30st patient who suffered from a lifelong obesity problem. Electrodes were pushed into his brain and stimulated with an electric current. The treatment did not cure his eating problem – but he experienced vivid memories of an event that occurred 30 years earlier.

In the following weeks, and up to a year later, the memory of the 50-year-old patient improved. Neurosurgeon Professor Andres Lozano, who already uses deepbrain stimulation to control the tremors of Parkinson’s disease, said the treatment could help scientists understand how the memory works. A trial is under way in Alzheimer’s sufferers in the hope that a ‘pacemaker’ could be developed for the brain to improve memory loss. (more…)

Alzheimer’s – A Little Structure Will Go A Long Way

 

I very seldom find a happy story about Alzheimer’s. This video does not suggest that Alzheimers is easy to deal with. What is does show is that some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s can be channeled in a positive direction. Structure can help calm a person with Alzheimer’s. Having a routine helps lessen fears because the person knows what to expect.  I remember (more…)

Alzheimer’s – Is There Any Up Side To This Disease?

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(photo courtesy of Auntie P and flickr)

There are now more than 5 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s. Even more staggering is that every 72 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s.

The healthcare costs are in the billions. The cost to what this terrible disease does to a family (more…)

Alzheimer’s – Electronic Tagging Bracelets

   

Putting electronic tagging bracelets on individuals who have Alzheimer’s has been making headlines recently. When I first heard of it, I was somewhat taken back. Tag a human? The thought of it just didn’t seem right to me. But the more I thought about it the more sense it made. For the family of someone suffering with Alzheimer’s this bracelet might bring the family some much needed relief. The person with Alzheimer’s will certainly be safer should they wander off and be unable to find their way home. The verdict is still out on this so take a moment, watch the video and see what thoughts cross your mind.

Alzheimers – Staying Connected

I wonder if Barbara Streisand knew when she sang the song, “People” that indeed, people who love people, are the luckiest ones in the world? Lucky because research is showing that a lack of socialization, particularly in our later years, can increase the risk of dementia. A great article can be found in www.fitbrains.comClick Here to read.

I can also say that once a person is diagnosed with dementia/alzheimer’s that continued socialization helps the person with the disease. I’ll give an example… (more…)