A small village in Dax, France, is working to find a better way to handle the increasing caseload. In one of the first research projects of its kind, the small town houses around 110 people with early- to late-stage Alzheimer’s who are free to roam and visit the village’s supermarket, hairdresser, restaurant, café, library, and music hall. With a daily cost of €65 ($75), the program aims to allow people to exist with greater autonomy, purpose, and freedom without facing immediate financial hardship. “If it is not for everyone, it doesn’t work,” said Mathilde Charon-Burnel, a spokesperson for the experiment.
Getting an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can quickly plunge families into unfamiliar territory, navigating a sea of specialists, looking for caregiving support, and scrambling to put together a dynamic care plan. Barron’s talked with experts on aging about some of the best ways to prepare.
Navigating the Holidays with someone who has Alzheimer’s can be tricky. The current pandemic is certainly not helping either. But Pam Myers, program director for the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter, said caregivers need to look for ways to de-stress by creating new traditions and finding new ways for their family members to help make this season satisfying for all. See her tips in our link for today.
Preparing for the holidays can be a sweet time together. But part of managing expectations involves staying focused on the task rather than the outcome. Mix batter, decorate cookies, open holiday cards or make simple decorations.
Caring People eases the strife experienced by families whose loved ones suffer from dementia with an industry-leading program designed specifically to provide Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The company’s certified dementia professionals administer holistic therapeutic services that include music therapy, aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, validation therapy, pet therapy, and clinical evaluations.
After her husband passed away from Alzheimer’s disease, Sault native Sonia Discher published her first book on July 10, with the goal of helping herself and readers cope.
The nonfiction book recounts her experiences from the moment her husband was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 50 in an otherwise healthy state. It is titled Dealing with Early Onset Alzheimer’s: Love, Laughter & Tears.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is offering tips to workers who might live with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease, providing steps that they should take when they return home to help protect their loved one.
The truth: Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases are always a burden on loved ones. The lesser-known truth: Dealing with the diseases can provide positive impacts of a temporary or even lasting nature.
Joan Cohen is passionate about spreading awareness surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. “We’re talking about the sixth leading cause of death, and it’s the only one that can’t be cured, prevented or slowed,” the Stockbridge resident shared in a recent phone interview. Cohen’s debut novel, “Land of Last Chances” (Aug. 13, She Writes Press), seeks to illuminate the challenges of those suffering from the disease.
“You may have somebody who can’t still do verbal language, but you put music on them and they will start to sing, so there’s some type of recognition that’s still there and we don’t truly understand all of it but we know it’s there and it works,” said Avantara Saint Cloud Alzheimer’s Care Director Shauna Gunnells.
When John Searle started to fall down and lose his memory, he thought it was the early signs of dementia. But it turns out he has a rare – and often undiagnosed – condition called normal pressure hydrocephalus. The good news is it’s treatable.
A survey released this week by the Alzheimer’s Association finds that nearly 90 percent of Americans say they would want others to tell them if they were showing signs of memory loss or other symptoms of dementia. And yet, nearly three quarters of Americans say having that conversation would be “challenging” for them.