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How to Choose a Mobility Aid: Advice from an Expert

WomencaregivingWhen I see some of the newer mobility aids now in in use, I immediately think, “I wish that had been available for my mom.” My mother was happy enough to have what was available at the time, but her options then were a basic cane and later, a stripped-down walker which I did my best to modify so that she could carry things with her. Fortunately, there are many more choices on the market now.

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People with Dementia Find Renewed Confidence While Playing In Orchestra

Guitar4Alzheimer’s is a global issue that is on track to bankrupt worldwide health systems if a cure is not found. Therefore, funding for research is paramount, not just for those who have the disease but for all generations. However, large numbers of the people who have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia at this time are trying to make the point that it is equally important to put imagination, research and funding into how to care for those who already have this incurable disease.

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Music Therapy for Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

Guitar2Music therapy has come into its own during the last decade as caregivers, care facilities and hospice organizations have recognized the therapeutic power that music can have on ill and suffering people. This therapy has been successfully delivered by a single staff member playing a guitar for a residents’ sing-along, a specialized harpist playing for a hospice patient or downloaded playlists on iPods that can stimulate memories. 

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New One Stop Website Connects Elders and Caregivers to Local Resources and More

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Dear Readers: Throughout the decade that I’ve been answering questions about aging and caregiving I’ve been continually unsatisfied with the need to refer seniors and caregivers to multiple websites when assisting them in finding resource information. The recent White House Conference on Aging has now launched a one stop link to resources and I’ve taken it as a personal challenge to share this information with as many seniors and caregivers as possible.

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Factors To Consider In Best Cell Phone Plans for Seniors

Farm...First, we must ask ourselves who this person is. Are we talking about an aging adult with failing health, who may also be technology averse, or a person who is active mentally and physically—one who has likely evolved with technology? Are we considering someone whose sole financial support comes from Social Security, or a person who has a solid retirement, travels frequently and wants to video conference with scattered family members?

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When Elders With Dementia Keep Calling and Calling and Calling

Corda-strappata-10016888A few months back, I saw a press release for a new piece of phone technology, one that you can use to tell your mother - why is it always our mother? - that she's already called you 17 times today, three of those times within the last half-hour. You attach the device to your elders phone and a message pops up on a big screen that alerts them to their repetitious phone activity. I wish now that I'd saved the release.

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Healthline Once Again Chooses Minding Our Elders as a Best Alzheimer's Blog

HealthlineBadge2015smallerEach year since 2012 Minding Our Elders has had the honor of being chosen as a top Alzheimer's blog by Healthline. Given the numbers of top drawer blogs about Alzheimer's that this impressive panel have to chose from, I'm humbled to be chosen for the award, but also aware that we all share in this as a group. Thank you Healthline for promoting the growth of Alzheimer's awareness through presenting this award.

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April is Parkinson's Awareness Month: How Informed Are You?

There are many neurological diseases that can affect people as they age. Alzheimer’s, of course, is one of the most feared because it is so well known. However, while not as common, Parkinson's disease is also prevalent. This neurological disorder affects an estimated 2 percent of people older than 65. Like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s is progressive and it involves changes in the brain that can become debilitating.

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Science and U: Cornell Weill Medical College Maps Dementia

 

 Dementia - depending on the type - destroys different parts of the brain. This video from Cornell Weill Medical College Maps Dementia maps how dementia affects the brain. One of the best I've seen. Carol

 


Music Therapy Goes High Tech for Alzheimer's

Music therapy has come into its own during the last decade as caregivers, care facilities and hospice organizations have recognized the therapeutic power that music can have on ill and suffering people. This therapy has been successfully delivered by a single staff member playing a guitar for a residents’ sing-along, a specialized harpist playing for a hospice patient or downloaded playlists on iPods that can stimulate memories.

Read more on HealthCentral about music and the brain:

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