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PBS Special: "Caring for Mom & Dad" Narrated by Meryl Streep

"Caring for Mom & Dad" Spotlights the Gripping and Emotional Challenges of Caring for an Aging Population.
Narrated by Meryl Streep, this hour-long documentary from PBS shares an intimate view of adults caring for their aging parents. Watch for it Thursday, May 7 on PBS (check local listings).

2 MINUTE TRAILER: http://PBS.org/caringformomanddad

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"Still Alice" Should Help Public Understand Devastation of Alzheimer's

Not all that long ago, when someone's grandma started acting a little “strange” she was considered senile. This deterioration of the brain was considered normal aging, even by many doctors. As Grandma's behavior got worse, she would often be hidden away from public view to avoid embarrassing the family.

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Sleepless in America: National Geographic Special Examines Relationship between Sleep and Alzheimer's

This Sunday, November 30th at 8 p.m. ET Sleepless in America will air on the National Geographic channel. Watch this clip where experts from leading health organizations such as NIH discuss the new research findings connecting lack of sleep to an increased risk in Alzheimer's disease due to the brain not receiving enough crucial sleep time to flush out the toxic chemicals.

 

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What Complications of Alzheimer’s Cause Death?

Regardless of awareness months and educational outreach promotions the fact that Alzheimer's disease is a terminal condition seems to be a difficult concept for the public to grasp. The recent death of Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host of NPR's popular “Car Talk” has made headlines. Sadly, Magliozzi’s death from the complications of Alzheimer’s is a famous example of a common occurrence.

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Living with Alzheimer’s: PBS Documentary, Glen Campbell Tour

When a loved one receives an Alzheimer’s diagnosis the whole family is affected. For most, the first stage is utter devastation. Yet the human spirit can be incredibly resilient. After going through the grieving process, the person diagnosed with the disease and his or her loved ones most often come to accept their altered life as a new normal. 

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Old movies, Old Music - Not Just About Nostalgia

Old movies via DVDs, as well as CDs of big band music or other favorites of our elders’ generation have long been used as a diversionary tactic. Now, Artists for Alzheimer’s (ARTZ) is spotlighting a new way that movies can be used to enhance the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease. ARTZ is a nonprofit based in Woburn, Mass. that creates cultural opportunities for people with dementia and their caregivers.

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How Television News Affects Dementia and Alzheimer's Patients

Few people would argue that news - whether delivery is in the form of a newspaper, television or an Internet site, is generally led by catchy and often sensational headlines. Television, however, is the news-delivery system that has the most power to confuse elders with dementia, since the images an elder sees, often misinterpreted, can be stressful and painful. TV images, easily viewed out of context, make reality difficult to discern.

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Dramatic Documentary Reports On Challenges Faced In Oakland California Emergency Room

A revealing and stunning immersion documentary in the PBS series Independent Lens focuses on the ER waiting room at Oakland California’s Highland Hospital. This safety-net health care facility is the only place available for the uninsured people who pour through the doors and wait hours, sometimes days to be seen, only to be bumped by an ambulance case that is considered even more urgent than their own needs.

Simply and appropriately titled The Waiting Room, the documentary follows dedicated professionals as they struggle to care for a relentless avalanche of suffering individuals. The film’s featured patients include:

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Reminiscing Powerful “Drug” for Dementia

Awhile back, I watched a TV broadcast of a tribute to singer/guitarist/songwriter Glen Campbell who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. While the program brought tears to my eyes as I watched Campbell’s wife cue him on appropriate responses, he needed no cue to remember his music. Just watching his eyes brighten and his lips move when the musicians played his hits was enough to show me that his music is as much a part of him as blood and bone.

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Music Soothes Alzheimer's Agitation and Stimulates Memory

The use of music has become nearly universal in any senior environment because throughout the decades people who care for elders have seen positive results of using music as therapy. For example, in the PBS documentary “You’re looking at me like I live here and I don’t,” a staff member is shown serenading residents as she strums her guitar. She also encourages residents to sing-along.  The nursing home featured in the documentary routinely plays background music appropriate to the era when most of the residents were young, music Dad would have liked. This is progress.

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