Posts Tagged Alzheimer’s disease

Hasbro’s Robotic Pet Therapy

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Modern technology has produced something very special- a new companion for the elderly who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  It is a Robotic Pet and it acts similar to a live pet, but it never runs away, has to be fed, or must make an expensive trip to the vet!  These pets give these seniors a true companion and would be terrific for any activity program.  The video is short, but very sweet and shows how these pets can make a real difference to your loved one.  You can find these at Walmart.com.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5177109640001/are-robots-the-future-of-therapy-animals/?#sp=show-clips

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Never Ending Love

This video is from You-tube, and was posted by a group called Human Kind.  Human Kind posts really terrific stories about real people.  This one, is about a husband and wife both in a long-term care facility.  The wife has Alzheimer’s and the husband visits her when he can.  He continues to love, and be devoted to her even when she doesn’t remember him. It is very touching.

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Possible Vaccine for Alzeimer’s?

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Did you know a company from Europe is working towards a vaccine that targets Alzheimer’s?    It is just a matter of time, and there will be a breakthrough for this disease.  If you want to read more about this, see the site below.

http://labiotech.eu/first-in-human-successful-phase-i-for-an-alzheimers-vaccine/

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Suing A Nursing Home Could Get Easier Under Proposed Federal Rules

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Source: Suing A Nursing Home Could Get Easier Under Proposed Federal Rules | Kaiser Health News

This is an article about a woman who wanted to file a claim against a nursing home and her experience.  It can be very difficult to prove the case of abuse and neglect in a long-term care facility without the use of technology (a video camera) because while abuse occurs, falls and other incidents of accidents also occur.  While it can be challenging for a family member to prove abuse, it can be even more so, to prove neglect.

In this article, a case is described where a man with dementia who had a history of wandering was placed in a nursing home, only to die within a month of complications from dehydration.  Is it possible the CNAs didn’t offer him enough to drink?  Yes, this is possible.  But did you know, some dementia patients who pace burn many calories (causing significant weight loss), while at the same time refuse to eat or drink enough to survive?  Many patients with dementia who pace could use the benefit of additional calories through a feeding tube (G-tube), but they are so restless or agitated, that in some cases a G-tube can’t be inserted due the the dementia patient being at high risk for pulling it out.

Monitoring the delivery of good patient care can be challenging.  I would like to hear your thoughts on this issue.

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Step Into Their World: The Parallel Universes of Alzheimer’s and Improv | Mockingbird

http://www.mbird.com/2014/09/step-into-their-world-the-parallel-universes-of-alzheimers-and-improv/

Do you have anyone in your life who has dementia or Alzheimer’s?  On This American Life podcast, you will hear the story of a family who has decided to venture into the world of Alzheimer’s disease on grandma’s terms.  Instead of trying to bring her into reality, they are attempting to live in, and play out her reality.  It is an interesting story.

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SAGE: A Test to Detect Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Source: SAGE: A Test to Detect Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia | OSU Wexner Medical Center

Are you concerned about your memory or the memory of a loved one?  There is a five minute exam available to download through Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, which may help you if you are concerned.  The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) is designed to detect early signs of cognitive, memory or thinking impairments. It evaluates your thinking abilities and helps physicians to know how well your brain is working.

I think this is very interesting and plan to learn more about it.  It is important to note that this test must be self-administered.  If you have concerns about memory loss, consider taking the test and making an appointment with your primary doctor.

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I Have No Shame- Its Alzheimer’s

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No Shame: Glen Campbell Documentary Follows Singer’s Goodbye Tour : NPR.

Glen Campbell, a musician was diagnosed with Alzheimers a few years ago.  A documentary on his story was filmed as he did a “goodbye tour” for his fans.  This is just a brief interview with National Public Radio, but it is fascinating.  Glenn Campbell was able to be open about his disease with his loved ones and even had humor during the initial stages.  Unfortunately, Mr. Campbell is currently in a long-term care facility, but he still can play guitar better than many.  For more, please listen to this interview on NPR.

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A Mom Remembers

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Gods Gift – YouTube.

A mother who has Alzheimer’s remembers her daughter Kelly- if just for a moment.  This is a short, but sweet video.

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Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Alzheimer’s Risk

Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Alzheimer’s Risk – Everyday Health.

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Current research says that a lack of Vitamin D in your diet means you might be at greater risk for dementia.  According to this article, a diet high in Vitamin D may reduce your risk for dementia.  I know many people who say they rarely drinking milk as an adult.  Many people shy away from fatty foods like cheese.  But, according to this article, make sure you get enough of Vitamin D!  Being out in the sun will also help, but remember to limit your exposure.  Overall, having a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, spending time outdoors and keeping your mind stimulated is all necessary to maintain a youthful mind.  Some sources of Vitamin D are: Fish (especially salmon and tuna), milk, fortified cereal, pork, eggs, mushrooms, beef liver and ricotta cheese!

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Memory Loss Myths & Facts From the Alzheimer’s Association

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Memory Loss Myths & Facts | Alzheimer’s Association.

Do you know someone who has Alzheimer’s disease?  Do you want to learn more about the disease?  There is a tremendous amount you can learn through this site:  http://www.alz.org

There are many things that are believed to cause Alzheimer’s.  Things such as eating out of aluminum pots and pans, getting a flu shot, or having metal fillings in your teeth.  Much research has gone into these possible causes over the years.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, none of the above cause Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s continues to be a tragic diagnosis affecting millions throughout the world.  There are medications that can slow the progression of the disease for 6-12 months, but none that can offer a cure.  For more about this disease and the myths surrounding it, visit the above web site.

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