a novel about Alzheimer’s challenges

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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.

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Music and memory program connects Alzheimer’s, dementia residents to their past

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“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.

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Know the signs and talk about it

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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.

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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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