Cohasset Alzheimer’s Association Presentation on Dementia-Related Behaviors
February 2, 2017
This looks like a good presentation coming up soon in Cohasset. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, participants will learn how to “decode” what an Alzheimer’s patient is trying to express through their behavior. For example, someone lashing out verbally might be doing so because they are frustrated that they are cold but can’t find the words to say so. Come learn how to understand what a behavior is really saying and how to respond.
Event will take place on Wednesday, February 8 at the Cohasset Senior Center from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. For more information and to register, click here.
South Shore Residents May Be Eligible for Alzheimer’s PET Scans (IDEAS)
January 24, 2017
Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth is taking part in a study that uses PET scans to look for signs of Alzheimer’s. It is called the Imaging Dementia—Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study.
There are many different sources of dementia, for example Alzheimer’s, vascular, and frontal lobe. Knowing which type of dementia a person has can help patients and families know how to work with the changing mind and what to expect from the course of the disease over time.
Not everyone is eligible – this is a study, so there are various criteria that a person must meet. The PET scan is paid for by Medicare. If you or a loved one has dementia, talk to your doctor about whether you can participate in the study.
For more information, see this article.
Are You Caring for Someone Who Wanders?
December 22, 2016
CMS (the agency that manages Medicare and Medicaid) recently put out this interesting FAQ piece on wandering. The piece is aimed at managers of day programs and assisted livings, but there are a lot of useful nuggets in here for people who are caring for loved ones still at home who tend to wander.
Alzheimer’s 10th Annual Educational Conference and Caregiver Day
April 14, 2015
I will be on the afternoon panel of this day-long conference. This year’s annual conference features the film “Alive Inside,” which shows how music can reach into the depths of our souls even when are minds betray us, and some speakers focusing on how to communicate with the person with demential emotionally. The ever-popular Dr. Paul Raia from the Alzheimer’s Association will be the key speaker for the day.
At the end of the day, a panel will take questions from the audience. It will be myself, Dr. Raia, Maureen Bradley, who is a nurse with the Royal Health Group, and Eve Montague, who is a music therapist with the South Shore Conservatory.
This event is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Partnership of the South Shore, Partners Healthcare, and Linden Ponds. So far 200 people have registered. If you would like to join us, please do, it’s a very affordable all-day conference – just $40, including lunch. It takes place at Linden Ponds in Hingham.
See here for more information and to RSVP. Please note that there are several events listed on that page – be sure you are looking at the Caregiver Conference info.
See you there!
Big Step Forward for Alzheimer’s Care & Research
January 24, 2014
On January 17, President Obama signed a funding bill containing what the Alzheimer’s Association calls “an unprecedented $122 million increase” for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach, and caregiver support.
The specifics, as outlined in the Alzheimer’s Association press release, are as follows:
• A $100 million increase for the National Institute on Aging for Alzheimer’s research, which will be added to what the National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates will be $484 million in Alzheimer’s research funding across NIH in fiscal year 2013.
• A further $3.3 million has been provided to support Alzheimer’s caregivers.
• $4 million to train health professionals on issues related to Alzheimer’s disease.
• $10.5 million to expand the home and community based caregiver services.
• $4.2 million for outreach activities to raise awareness.
• The National Institutes of Health’s BRAIN Initiative will receive $30 million to support brain research that could impact several diseases, including Alzheimer’s.
This is an enormous step forward for families living with Alzheimer’s as well as for the future of Alzheimer’s care.
Read the full press release here.
Laughter & Music Can Be Better than Drugs for Dementia Patients
August 19, 2013
There is a lot of movement right now in the US and around the world to move away from drug-dependency for keeping elder dementia in check. Well, here is a three-year study from Australia, with excellent news. Taken from the Sydney Morning Herald article:
“[The] nursing home participated in a three-year study that found weekly visits by clowns, plus the training of staff members to provide humour therapy, significantly reduced agitation among 180 residents in 17 nursing homes compared with a control group. The effect was similar to that of the average dose of risperidone, a drug used to reduce aggression and agitation among dementia patients, the Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns (SMILE) study found. It also avoided common side effects like stroke.”
Read the entire article here.
Department of Public Health Survey on Health Needs for People with Disabilities
May 20, 2013
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference Nov. 10
November 1, 2012
Get the Right Diagnosis from a Neuropsychiatrist
February 14, 2012
We always hear the terms “dementia” or “Alzheimer’s”, but the fact is that there are many different types of dementias, each taking their own course over the lifetime, and each benefitting from different treatments.
If your loved one is confused or forgetful, etc., it is critical that you work with a neuropsychiatrist to nail down as best as you can the exact diagnosis. There are three major benefits to investing the time in finding a diagnosis:
1. You as a caregiver can learn how to modify your behavior to have the most positive interactions with your loved one;
2. You will know what to expect down the line; and
3. The doctor can prescribe the correct medications.
Typically the neuropsych will order an MRI. It takes time to come up with the right diagnosis, but the investment is well worth it.
Check out the Alzheimer’s Association at the Pru on December 10!
November 30, 2011
Planning to be in town on Saturday night, December 10? Check out the Pru – it will be lit up in purple!
Here is what I received from the Alzheimer’s Association: