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Caring counts: Alzheimer’s, dementia caregiving should focus on patient needs

There are recommendations on how to care for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and it’s all about focusing on the person with the disease.

The recommendations were discussed by Delia Jervier, executive director of the Capital of Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, during a meeting at the Central Texas Council on Governments in […]

‘Alzheimer’s Diaries’ tells caregivers’ stories

The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter will hold a free symposium, “Alzheimer’s Diaries: The Younger Caregiver Experience,” from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12 at Hudson Hall Auditorium at Mount Saint Mary College.

This event will explore and highlight younger caregivers’ experiences, while also shedding light on free resources the Alzheimer’s Association offers throughout the Hudson […]

Courage to Caregivers offering fairs in April and May

Courage to Caregivers, which was founded to help those giving care to a family member or friend who has a mental illness, will soon present two fairs for caregivers.

The first Caring for the Caregivers fair will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, and will help caregivers who are supporting […]

Calming Agitation in Older Dementia Patients

Anyone caring for a loved one with dementia knows that it’s a daily struggle. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, robs the patient of more than memories. It changes the person whom you once knew and loved as the disease progresses. Where your loved one may have been a quiet, cooperative person before the […]

Touch the Screen and A Memory Appears

Stories shared around the dinner table or nostalgic anecdotes about “when I was a kid” often become rarer when a loved one living with dementia is eventually left with limited access to his or her precious memories.

Family members and caregivers, struggling to maintain connection, often turn to photo albums to spark recognition or create […]

Where next in Alzheimer’s disease R&D?

Over the past 15 years, the best-resourced drug development teams on earth have spent billions on Alzheimer’s disease. Yet none of these programmes has yielded a drug approval, making Alzheimer’s R&D perhaps the least effective use of money in pharma or any other industry. Faced with that litany of failures, researchers are branching out beyond […]

ONE AMERICA, ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION LAUNCH NATIONAL EFFORT TO PREPARE FOR CARE

Today, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s Disease or another dementia 1, but most people don’t prepare for the long-term care needs of Alzheimer’s until they or someone close to them is diagnosed. Often, that’s too late to ensure they are ready, financially and otherwise, to care for someone living with Alzheimer’s.

To help […]

Alzheimer’s: What can families do?

“Sadly, I believe there are more families out there living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s than we realize,” said Ann Carter, director of the Southern Colorado regional office of Alzheimer’s Association based in Pueblo. “Misdiagnosis and the belief that what people are experiencing can’t really be Alzheimer’s causes cases like this to go unreported.”

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Stepping Into Dementia’s Reality: Real-Life Advice From Teepa Snow

Leading caregiving expert Teepa Snow has studied how brain function changes after a dementia diagnosis and how understanding these changes can improve the ways families care for their loved ones.

Snow often uses roleplaying to illustrate what a person with dementia is experiencing at each stage She suggests that understanding what is happening to […]

‘Dementia Live’ training provides River Forest police officials a glimpse of what patients experience

River Forest police officials last week put on two pairs of gloves, dark glasses and headphones in a training session meant to simulate some of the effects of dementia.

Police Chief James O’Shea and others from the department took part in the Dementia Live Experience session. The River Forest Fire Department already participated in the […]