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Dementia Rates Are Falling. – ChangingAging

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***Creative Aging Series: Dementia Rates Down***

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          The title of today’s post needs to be on the front page of every newspaper in bold italics…getting people to understand this in the midst of outrageous exaggerations and scare tactics used by researchers and organizations dependent on “dementia dollars” is almost impossible. Of course we need better research, better ways of diagnosing the various types of dementia, and better care for those with dementia. But the current support for developing paranoia about dementia has to stop. Kudos to Changing Aging for this essay.

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Source: Dementia Rates Are Falling. – ChangingAging

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Mike Good Articles on Caring for People with Dementia – Next Avenue

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A Primer for Caregivers of People with Dementia:

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          NPR’s Next Avenue is a treasure trove of information and ideas, especially on issues related to the elders among us. Next Avenue has published a series of articles for caregivers of people with dementia by Mike Good, who has a website with excellent resources for these caregivers. Today’s post brings you to the entire series to date and provides a direct link to Mike’s website as well. Good information and training for family caregivers is a scarce commodity. This is one to keep in your file of curated information on dementia.

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Source: Mike Good Articles – Next Avenue

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Pre and post testing show reversal of memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease in 10 patients: Small trial succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders — ScienceDaily

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Small Trial, Great Possibilities:

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      This post shares the results of a small trial demonstrating the potential power of using a systems approach, with a person-centered focus, in treating memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients. Since I firmly believe the ONLY valid approach to patient care combines a systems approach with an individual focus, I am a bit surprised that the researchers did not take it for granted that this combination is the ONLY ethical approach to medicine. Having said this, this research reinforces what other studies are finding in looking at the impact of music, the arts, gardening, and other elements of a systems approach to treatment of people with dementia.

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Source: Pre and post testing show reversal of memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease in 10 patients: Small trial succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders — ScienceDaily

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Removing the Stigma Around Alzheimer’s

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Transforming How We Think and Act About Alzheimer’s and Dementia:

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     This is a very important essay from Next Avenue, one that needs to be read by everyone who has a family member with dementia and by their physicians and caregivers. This is an area where the stigmas and fears can and do interfere with helping people to live to the fullest. Pass it on!

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“Misperceptions about Alzheimer’s disease can lead to stigma around the illness and hinder families’ ability to help a loved one make the most of life.”

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Rethinking How We Respond to Dementia and Alzheimer’s!

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly: Alzheimer’s Misdiagnosis # 5: Lyme Disease

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Problem Alert–Diagnosing Alzheimer’s & Other Forms of Dementia:

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     Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly is a very valuable resource for information and ideas about dementia.  Medical diagnosis is both art and science; the problem of correct diagnosis is an acute one. Not all physicians are sufficiently knowledgeable and aware of developments in assessing health problems in older people. This post shares the story of how lyme disease was incorrectly diagnosed as dementia in the case of a prominent musician. Check out this report and others on the site.

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Source: Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly: Alzheimer’s Misdiagnosis # 5: Lyme Disease

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The Creative Apothecary Advises Careful Research in Diagnosing Dementia!

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Current Research – Music and Memory

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Research on the Impact of Music on Dementia:

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      Music and Memory is an important program that offers help to people with dementia, their caregivers, and their families. I have often posted about the program and its good works. Today’s post is a segment of their website that offers information on research related to the impact of music on people with dementia.

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Compiled by Nina S. Parikh, PhD, MPH Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging of Hunter College, CUNY

Source: Current Research – Music and Memory

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Special from Bob DeMarco, Alzheimer’s Reading Room

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     The Alzheimer’s Reading Room is a useful and practical resource for families who are taking care of people with dementia. Bob DeMarco draws on his own experience and a range of experts to share ideas and resources with you.

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Source: Special from Bob DeMarco, Alzheimer’s Reading Room

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Horses comfort people with early onset dementia, their caregivers | The Sacramento Bee

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Horse Therapy for Dementia, Another Application for Horse-Human Relationship:

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     Recently I have posted about the uses of horse therapy with autistic children, primarily through the work of Rupert Isaacson, author of Horse Boy. Stanford University is in a partnership with Connected Horse to use horse therapy for patients with dementia and their caregivers. Animal therapy is becoming a more frequent part of the total treatment program for people with various forms of dementia. I will be tracking this program and report on the results as these are made public.

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“The Connected Horse Project, a collaboration between Stanford University and local nonprofit group Connected Horse, invites people with dementia and their caregivers to groom and handle horses in a supervised environment. The goal is to boost people’s confidence, teach them how to regulate their emotions and improve communication between people with dementia and their caregivers.”

Source: Horses comfort people with early onset dementia, their caregivers | The Sacramento Bee

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#DisruptDementia: Is Alzheimer’s a Disease?

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Challenging Our Current Views of Dementia:

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     Dr. Bill Thomas is asking critical questions that need close examination. Not only is he redesigning nursing and rehabilitation homes, he is questioning the very words we use to describe dementia in general and Alzheimer’s in particular. This is important because the words we use to describe things become the things themselves. So often the descriptions in the media, which become reality in people’s minds, bear little relationship to the actual knowledge we have through science. This post is an important one for everyone to read and ponder.

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“We know what the experience of Alzheimer’s looks like from the outside and its correlation with age is undeniable. We do not know the exact culprit, or combination of culprits, of these experiences; therefore, classing it as a disease to be eradicated is to put the proverbial cart before the horse.”

Source: #DisruptDementia: Is Alzheimer’s a Disease?

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The Creative Apothecary Believes We Need To Examine How We Think and Talk About Dementia!

8 Uplifting Tales Of Coping With Dementia

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Disrupting Dementia, Transforming How We Think About It:

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       Creative expression takes many forms; this is true for persons with dementia as well as those without it. Too often the portrayal of dementia and other cognitive differences in the media paints only a bleak picture of loss, rather than also describing what is still possible and active in people’s lives. These eight stories should inspire you to think again about dementia and the possibilities for living and helping others still present in everyone. Kudos to Buzzfeed for sharing this!

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“Life doesn’t end when illness begins.”

Source: 8 Uplifting Tales Of Coping With Dementia

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