Much like Amour a few years ago, it's not unrealistic for those who work or write about long-term care to feel as if the last thing they want to do is spend two hours watching a movie about illness, specifically Alzheimer's disease. But I'm glad I did Monday, when my mother and I had a chance to marvel at Julianne Moore's lead performance in "Still Alice."
As readers of this blog may recall, my expectations for the special screening of the new documentary about music superstar Glen Campbell's journey with Alzheimer's disease were high. Sunday night's star-studded showing and concert were to be unlike anything long-term care professionals had experienced before. And they were.
When I came to Baltimore-based Erickson Living to work as a public relations summer intern, I imagined I would enrich my PR experiences and skills, but I never dreamed I'd walk away with such a wealth of knowledge on memory care, memory health, and memory fitness.
At the risk of sounding like a common shill, I cannot remember when I've more eagerly looked forward to an annual trade show than the upcoming LeadingAge gathering in Nashville. The main focus of my anticipation? The Oct. 19 world premier screening of "Glenn Campbell ... I'll be me," a powerful documentary about the music superstar who has Alzheimer's disease and now resides in a long-term care facility.
A nursing home resident with Alzheimer's might forget receiving poor or negligent care, but the bad feelings created by ill treatment still could persist, University of Iowa researchers say.
The number of Americans 65 or older residing in a nursing home fell from 1.6 million to 1.3 million during the decade ending in 2010, according to a new federal report.
Where to start when discussing Jean Rene Champion's engrossing memoir is a difficult question, rivaled only by the struggle of where to stop. His self-published "The Best Days of My Life: Memories of a Hobo Soldier" deftly paints the adventures of an essentially parentless vagabond who makes the character Forest Gump look like a listless mope.
Sometimes, ignorance truly is bliss. Or at least, it's better than what's waiting around the corner. Soon, researchers say, we might be able to learn if we're going to get Alzheimer's disease in the near future.
A new blood test that predicts the onset of Alzheimer's disease and mild dementia could lead to more effective management and even prevention of these conditions, according to newly published research.
People with dementia commonly are undernourished, and long-term care providers should take steps to evaluate these residents' eating habits and maximize nutrition, according to a new report from Alzheimer's Disease International.
Vitamin E could slow down the functional decline of patients with mild or moderate Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.
A new study has led to a breakthrough in the process to identify people who will fall victim to Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's researchers — or the public relations machines breathlessly trumpeting their work — should chill out. I see so much of this type of Alzheimer's news that it's hard to get excited when yet another AD press release comes in. So it was with a reluctant click of the mouse that I opened an Alzheimer's-related report from the New York Academy of Sciences last week. I'm glad that I did.
Dementia care will be increasingly at the forefront for long-term care providers, according to a new report from Alzheimer's Disease International.
Largest-ever Alzheimer's study unlocks new knowledge about the disease's genetic roots, researchers sayOctober 30, 2013
The largest-ever international study of Alzheimer's disease has significantly expanded the scientific community's understanding of the disease's genetic underpinnings, according to a report in Nature Genetics.
Hyperbaric oxygen chambers can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, and the government is fine with that. But regulators are becoming increasingly concerned about other benefits that are being ascribed to these devices.
We now share the planet with six billion of our fellow Earthlings. And we're spread across roughly 200 nations. Those of us near the top, however, are paying a price late in life.
When providers consider the challenges residents face, it's usually within the context of activity of daily living limits. Things like trouble with walking, dressing, bathing and eating tend to be top of mind. With mental conditions, Alzheimer's considerations dominate. But a phenomenon that fuels both physical and mental decline often flies under the radar.
Raise your hand if you've ever had a family that just didn't "get it" when dealing with the staff at your nursing home or long-term care facility. OK, everybody put their hand down now. It's time to learn why Marie Marley could be your next best friend.
Deaths linked to Alzheimer's disease have increased in the last decade while those for stroke, breast cancer and HIV have dropped, said researchers calling for more funding for the memory-robbing disease.
Nasco has released its 2013 Senior Activities catalog. More than 150 new products for senior living residents have been added to the latest publication. The annual catalog includes products for exercise and fitness, reminiscing and memory stimulation, musical activities, DVDs, games, sensory stimulation, arts and crafts, cooking, gardening activities — and more.
Facility features coax residents out of their rooms, emphasizing an enjoyable atmosphere and allowing wandering of the grounds.
More than 110 million Americans watched yesterday's Super Bowl in New Orleans. It's not too hard to see why the game has become our nation's defining cultural ritual. The National Football League also could give us the nation's best chance at progress against Alzheimer's disease.
UCTV Prime's YouTube original series "Heartache and Hope: America's Alzheimer's Epidemic" reveals what it's like for patients and families living with this devastating disease and how UCLA researchers are attempting to find a cure.
A new effort known as the Dementia Initiative germinated from the belief that there is a moral and ethical societal imperative to view and understand people living with dementia as whole beings, and not from the framework of his/her health condition.
There is no way to tally the full cost of Alzheimer's disease, a life robbing condition that now claims more than 5 million victims nationwide. But what can be put on a ledger sheet is sobering. Alzheimer's disease is now responsible for a quarter of all claims for nursing home services.
Are long-term care operators overly paranoid? That answer probably depends on your definition of "overly."
Lawmakers should weigh costs associated with dementia when coordinating care for Medicare beneficiaries, analysis suggestsMay 17, 2012
As policymakers seek to integrate care for dual eligibles, they need to consider the cost of treating beneficiaries with dementia, new data suggests.
Assisted living facilities, with or without a specialized memory wing, have started teaming up with in-home care companies that offer professional caregivers highly skilled in dementia care.
Healthcare providers should work on keeping Alzheimer's patients out of a hospital before they enter a nursing home, a new study suggests.