Alzheimer's Disease

Glen Campbell Alzheimer's documentary brings out the stars — caregivers and celebrities alike

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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.

Intern gains life lessons on retirement living and memory support

Intern gains life lessons on retirement living and memory support

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.

A show for all ages, a unique long-term care event

A show for all ages, a unique long-term care event

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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.

Residents with Alzheimer's might forget poor care but the emotional damage is lasting, study shows

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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.

Nursing home population tumbles 20%

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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.

'The Best Days' — a best read

'The Best Days' — a best read

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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.

Do you really want to know when you'll get Alzheimer's?

Do you really want to know when you'll get Alzheimer's?

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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.

Blood test can predict Alzheimer's disease three years out at 90% accuracy, researchers announce

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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.

30% of nursing home residents with dementia are undernourished, new global report states

30% of nursing home residents with dementia are undernourished, new global report states

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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 slows functional  decline in AD patients: study

Vitamin E slows functional decline in AD patients: study

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Vitamin E could slow down the functional decline of patients with mild or moderate Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.

New method predicts Alzheimer's in two-year window

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A new study has led to a breakthrough in the process to identify people who will fall victim to Alzheimer's disease.

An Alzheimer's reality check

An Alzheimer's reality check

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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 cited as 'main' LTC concern

Dementia care cited as 'main' LTC concern

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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 say

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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.

FDA clears the air on health benefits linked to chambers

FDA clears the air on health benefits linked to chambers

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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.

Dishing the dirt on Alzheimer's

Dishing the dirt on Alzheimer's

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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.

Residents suffer and die as interventions go unused

Residents suffer and die as interventions go unused

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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.

Something to hand everyone who admits a loved one to your nursing home

Something to hand everyone who admits a loved one to your nursing home

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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.

Rising Alzheimer's toll presents an opportunity for vendors

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.

 Newest Nasco activities catalog now available

Newest Nasco activities catalog now available

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.

Memory-impaired focus

Memory-impaired focus

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Facility features coax residents out of their rooms, emphasizing an enjoyable atmosphere and allowing wandering of the grounds.

Is the National Football League our best hope for Alzheimer's progress?

Is the National Football League our best hope for Alzheimer's progress?

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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 YouTube series offers hope for Alzheimer's care

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.

Humanizing and changing dementia care

Humanizing and changing dementia care

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.

The disease that keeps on taking

The disease that keeps on taking

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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.

You're not paranoid if the world is out to get you

You're not paranoid if the world is out to get you

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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 suggests

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As policymakers seek to integrate care for dual eligibles, they need to consider the cost of treating beneficiaries with dementia, new data suggests.

Working across care settings to improve dementia care

Working across care settings to improve dementia care

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.

Reduce Alzheimer's-related hospitalizations prior to nursing home admission, researchers advise

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Healthcare providers should work on keeping Alzheimer's patients out of a hospital before they enter a nursing home, a new study suggests.

Non-invasive brain stimulation improves speech, memory skills, research suggests

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A non-invasive brain stimulation technique shows promise in speeding speech recovery in stroke patients and improving memory and cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients, new research suggests.

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