Alzheimer’s and the arts

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The Springfield Museum of Art has joined the battle against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with its In the Moment program.

Launched last fall, In the Moment lets families or caregivers join those afflicted with memory issues to take in the Museum’s exhibits, enjoy snacks and even create an art project together.

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Alzheimer’s not limited to the elderly

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The majority of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease fit into a certain stereotype: senior citizens well over age 65, primarily women. For many people, this “senility” is not surprising. It’s even expected. But when the afflicted person is younger – in the prime of life – people are confused. Family members may be upset or angry. Doctors often are at a loss for a diagnosis.

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Experience Alzheimer’s

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Molly Fogel is part of the crusade to help people better understand what it’s like living with this illness. That’s where virtual reality comes in.

“Virtual reality helps you become part of Harry’s morning,” Fogel explains of the program. “You will be in his shoes.

“It’s a 3 minute and 12 second experience.”

The video goes through the first part of Harry’s day. He has Alzheimer’s.

During the VR experience, users will experience things like blurry vision, hallucinations, confusion and disorganization.

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Therapy Dolls for Alzheimer patients

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Therapy dolls have been presented to the patients because they can provide a sense of calm for when they get anxious or stressed. 

“We had dolls for the females and males,” the initiative taker said. “We chose dolls because it actually helps calm them down when they get stressed or anxiety when they start to wander. It also helps the caregiver.”

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Benefits of a bracelet for people with dementia

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L.A. Found,  equips potential wanderers with trackable bracelets that, when activated by search crews, transmit a radio signal to handheld receivers placed in several Sheriff’s Department cruisers and helicopters. The battery-operated bracelets are available to anyone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or autism.

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Put your own oxygen mask on first!

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Caregiving for a loved one with dementia can consume your life. But when everything revolves around that person, no time or energy is left to take care of yourself.

That’s bad for both of you, said UC San Diego neuropsychologist Guerry (pronounced “Gary”) M. Peavy. An exhausted person won’t be able to provide the best care, she said. Worse, the caregiver’s own health becomes at risk, raising the chance of cardiovascular disease or even dementia.

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