Thought Leaders Want Alzheimer's At The Top Of G20 Agenda

Some of the leading experts on Alzheimer’s and dementia globally are asking the wealthiest countries in the world to put Alzheimer’s disease at the top of the 2019 G20 Osaka Summit Agenda.

Thought leaders, researchers and scientists from around the world last week released a Consensus Statement and Research Framework that outlines the urgent need to adopt Aging and Dementia as a theme of the G20 Summit next year, and puts forward recommendations on what exactly they want to see done about the disease that is fast becoming a global crisis.

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Here's Exactly How Many Nights of Bad Sleep You Can Get Before Raising Your Alzheimer's Risk

Just about every professional--myself included--has lost sleep for work at some point. But as the number of people with Alzheimer's disease has climbed, scientists have grown increasingly suspicious that sleep deprivation plays a role in the development of the condition. But how many nights can you go before the creases in your pillow spell out brain trouble?

Apparently, just one.

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When a loved one with dementia starts hitting others or lashing out

His mother was diagnosed with early-stage dementia eight years ago, but coping with her condition took a challenging turn for Mr Robing Ng two years ago. That was when the gentle and mild-mannered woman he had known all his life began to have episodes of aggression and anger.

The deterioration of her condition began with hallucinations at night, which agitated her. Then came the flare-ups.

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New York Philharmonic Musicians To Give Free Concert for Those with Dementia and Their Caregivers

New York Philharmonic violist Vivek Kamath, flutist Yoobin Son, and Principal Harp Nancy Allen will perform Debussy’s Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp as part of Lincoln Center Moments, a free program specially designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

The performance will take place Monday, April 9, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. It will be followed by a one-hour discussion, movement, and art-making workshop for participants to reflect upon their experience.

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Mirrors and Dementia: 10 Solutions For Challenging Behavior

Mirrors and reflections can terrify seniors with dementia

Did you know that mirrors can be very disturbing for someone with dementia? For some people, seeing their reflection in a mirror can cause anxiety, anger, or even hysterical terror.

If your older adult starts acting irrationally, look around the room for mirrors or reflective surfaces. Differences in lighting could also accidentally create a mirror effect. For example, in the evening and night an uncovered window looks like a mirror because the inside of the house is bright and the outside is dark.

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The National Certification Board for Alzheimer and Aging Care (NCBAC) Teams with Dementia Consultant, Amy Beam, to Combine Online and Classroom Training for Caregivers

A New Course Offering Combining Certified Alzheimer Caregiver (CACtm) training and certification with live coaching from Dementia Educator, Amy Beam. Certified Caregiver - Practicum offers caregivers structured coursework, certification exam and coaching from an experienced professional.

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Five Questions Families Ask About Alzheimer’s Caregiving

As someone who works with families of older adults, including adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, I hear many questions from family caregivers that are frequently repeated from one family caregiver to the next. “How does this happen? What will it mean? How do we go about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s?” These are questions understandably on people’s minds. There are many more. Five common questions are below.

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Alzheimer's getting costlier, report finds

Alzheimer’s disease just keeps getting worse in the U.S. The latest report on the most common cause of dementia shows that 5.7 million Americans have the disease and it’s costing us $277 billion a year.

That doesn’t include the unpaid time and effort of the people, mostly women, who are caring for spouses, parents, siblings, and friends with dementia, the annual report from the Alzheimer’s Association shows.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care...

Alzheimer’s disease: What is sundowning?

Sundowning is a term that gets thrown around quite a bit in caregiver circles. It shows up in blogs, dementia training materials and casual conversation. 

But what does it actually mean? 

Dr. Matthew Malone, DO, FAPA, associate chief medical officer for the Good Samaritan Society, says, “What we have to realize is that it’s a broad term and a lot of things get attributed to sundowning.” 

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Older Adults Projected To Outnumber Children For First Time In U.S. History

If you’re feeling old, you're in good company and apparently a lot of it. New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show that for the first time in U.S. history, older people are projected to outnumber children. And they expect it to happen in a little over a decade.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections, the year 2030 will mark an important demographic turning point in the country’s history.

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'The spark will ignite': how poetry helps engage people with dementia

Stephanie Brada reads the Henry Charles Beeching poem Going Down Hill on a Bicycle to a group of residents at a care home. They read along with her, some mouthing the words, others silently following the print-outs on their laps.


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“Michael, did you ever have a bike?” Brada asks one of the men sitting across from her.

“Yes,” he replies. “I rode it to work.”

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Sports are an ally in the war against Alzheimer's for Pa. couple

A flat-screen TV glowed like a hearth fire in the darkened family room where Ron and Joy Pott huddled cozily on a sofa watching a Kentucky-Alabama college basketball game. Occasionally, their peace was interrupted by the announcer’s shrieking.

“Dick Vitale can just drive you crazy,” Joy Pott said, reaching for the remote.

Later on that raw Saturday, the Malvern couple switched to Premier League soccer – a sport Ron played in college – then to the Valspar golf championship, in which Tiger Woods was making a run. Finally, that night, they tuned in to the event they were most avidly anticipating, Villanova vs. Providence men’s college basketball in the Big East Tournament championship game.

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