Tuesday, June 30, 2015


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Alzheimer's and Dementia: Global Resources

Alzheimer's and Dementia: Global Resources: Worldwide, at least 44 million people are living with dementia. To serve this global population, as well as their families and caregivers, the Alzheimer's Association has translated its most popular and unique online resources and tools.

Jean Dickinson
Vice President of Marketing & Communications at Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter

It's time to celebrate. Our group is now
20,000 members strong. This includes many members from around the world.
It's also indicative of the growing interest in Alzheimer's disease and
related dementias and the increasing number of people affected each

The Alzheimer's Association has "gone global," too. Please take a moment to visit our new Web portal at http://www.alz.org/global/ It has information in many languages along with in-country resources. We encourage you to link to us!

Alzheimer's & Dementia: Global Resources

    Country-specific Alzheimer's statistics, research plans and local support services.

    Educational content covering risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

    An overview of the Alzheimer's Association role in funding critical dementia research.

    An interactive brain tour.

    A call to action for the global community to join the cause.

Content can be accessed by country or language.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

5 Steps for Dealing with Anticipatory Grief - Visiting Nurse Service of New York

5 Steps for Dealing with Anticipatory Grief - Visiting Nurse Service of New York: It might be the hardest part of caregiving: Watching your loved one slip away step by terrible step, knowing you can’t stop the decline and grieving the loss of the person you once knew, long before they’re actually gone. Psychologists call this process anticipatory grief, and it’s very common among caregivers and family members of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and other terminal illnesses.

“As a disease progresses, there is so much frustration and sadness associated with watching the person you once knew go away,” says Vince Corso, M.Div, LCSW, CT, Manager of Hospice Psychosocial Services, VNSNY. “It can be overwhelming.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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  • Educate individuals, caregivers, and professionals - How to realize when someone can benefit from Smoothe foods due to swallowing issues thus avoiding malnutrition, dehydration and even pain. Also determine when Smoothe Foods can provide nutrition when someone experiences poor digestive functions or chewing sensitivity due to dental issues.

  • Nutritious, All Natural & Delicious High Quality Meals for better health - An alternative to sugar laden shakes, baby food and powdered or canned food. Just because you cannot eat regular food doesn’t mean you can't have good, healthy meals.

  • Convenience  - The meals are convenient to prepare – just heat & eat!

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    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Alzheimer's/Dementia Hospitalization Wristband Project

    Alzheimer's/Dementia Hospitalization Wristband: The wristband project does several things:

    Upon admission, patients with a prior diagnosis have a Purple Angel affixed to their standard issue hospital wristband for identification purposes.

    Purple Angel is placed on their door so that anyone entering knows they should approach with the patient’s special needs in mind.

    • Use of “sitters” will become standard practice, allowing families to take much needed breaks without worrying that their loved one will be left alone.

    •      A dementia screening will be added to the admission process in hopes of identifying cognitive impairment even if there is no prior diagnosis.
    The Purple Angel logo, originally developed in the UK and inspired by Norman McNamara, is quickly becoming an internationally accepted symbol for Dementia Awareness for all dementia related diseases. A big key to the success of this project, LeBlanc emphasizes, is that one standard symbol is used across all healthcare systems making it instantly recognizable.

    Friday, June 12, 2015

    Who Will Care For You When You’re Old? | Griswold Home Care

    As more seniors turn to reverse mortgages, their adult children might well be puzzled or concerned about what will happen to that debt when one or both of their parents eventually dies. At that time, questions about how to pay off the loan will need to be resolved -- and relatively quickly.
    rrower dies

    If the borrower was married, the surviving spouse might be able to remain in the home even if he or she wasn't a co-borrower, according to Sarah Mancini, an attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, a nonprofit advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.

    That's important, Mancini explains, because some borrowers remove a younger spouse from their home's title to secure a larger reverse mortgage, leaving that younger spouse vulnerable to eviction and foreclosure after the older spouse's death.

    The rules that affect surviving non-borrower spouses are complicated, and surviving spouses and heirs may need to consult an attorney to interpret their rights and options if the spouse wants to continue occupying the property.

    "There are serious legal issues," Mancini says, "and possible grounds for a legal challenge if the lender forecloses while there is still a surviving spouse."

    Read more: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/pay-reverse-mortgage-after-parent-dies.aspx#ixzz3ekV3iYqn Follow us: @Bankrate on Twitter | Bankrate on Facebook

    Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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    Friday, June 5, 2015

    Wandering and Elopement Resources | NCCDP Endorses Project Lifesaver

    Wandering and Elopement Resources: Practitioner Definition

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    Elopement Resource Manual from Healthcare Association of New York

    Wandering and Elopement: Litigation Issues from  http://www.nccdp.org/wandering.htm

    Marie Boltz, MSN, APRN-BC, NHA Director of Practice Initiatives
    The John A Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing
    NYU College of Nursing

    One of the most challenging, life-threatening issues related to care of the person with cognitive loss is the occurrence of wandering, wherein the person strays into unsafe territories and may be harmed. The most dangerous form of wandering is elopement in which the confused person leaves an area and does not return. The risk of wandering has become a growing concern of families, long-term care facilities, regulators, and insurers

    .1 In addition to civil liability, care providers can be fined by the state regulatory agency for failure to prevent elopement.

    2 The effects upon the population served and the staff are no less dramatic.  The sense of security of those served and their families is severely shaken, and staff morale as well as the organization’s reputation is dealt a devastating blow. 

    3 The aim of this chapter is to define wandering, elopement, and related issues, and to summarize the scope of the problems in terms of prevalence and effect. The types and causes of wandering and generally accepted approaches to care will be discussed. The regulatory and risk management considerations will also be presented. A hypothetical case will be presented. Finally, the role of an expert witness will be discussed.