Mild Cognitive Impairment Signals More Than Normal Aging

As we age, we can find ourselves forgetting a name or word or going into a room and forgetting why we are there. As we drive, we may have a moment of being unsure where we are or where we parked. But when should forgetting such things be of concern? My latest monthly column forContinue reading “Mild Cognitive Impairment Signals More Than Normal Aging”

Outcomes of SERVICE on Memory Care

This final installment of a four-part blog describes the accomplishments, in just a month, of many of the participants from a two-day workshop I conducted for the Georgia Healthcare Association and the Alzheimer’s Association on developing a dementia program in their facilities. Participants implemented aspects of SERVICE, a framework for an exemplary dementia program, byContinue reading “Outcomes of SERVICE on Memory Care”

Exemplary Dementia Programs: Change Begins With Respect

I have previously described the two-day workshop I conducted this year in Georgia for the GHCA and Alzheimer’s Association. This is the third of four posts describing the impact and results of the seminar. The workshop was to serve as an introduction of a framework for an exemplary dementia program (SERVICE), and to assist theContinue reading “Exemplary Dementia Programs: Change Begins With Respect”

Be Sensitive to the Desires of Seniors at the Holidays

We take joy in organizing events for family and friends, socializing, exchanging gifts, and enjoying the company of those we love. Yet as our relatives age, we may need to adjust our plans and expectations by taking into consideration the changes that come with aging. My latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers is entitled, “BeContinue reading “Be Sensitive to the Desires of Seniors at the Holidays”

Staff Expectations and the Need for Dementia Care Education

I am continuing to share the process of a seminar I conducted, as described in my post of 11/21/13. My task in this two-day workshop was to introduce a framework for an exemplary dementia program (SERVICE), and assist the participants in creating an action plan for at least one strategy to begin or enhance theirContinue reading “Staff Expectations and the Need for Dementia Care Education”

A Framework for Implementing an Exemplary Dementia Program

I recently had the privilege of conducting a two-part workshop entitled, “A Way of Life: Developing an Exemplary Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Program.” Both workshops were made possible through a grant from Healthcare Research, Inc., in partnership with the GHCA and Alzheimer’s Association. Sessions were held at the Georgia Healthcare Association’s office in Stockbridge, GA.Continue reading “A Framework for Implementing an Exemplary Dementia Program”

Alzheimer ’s Disease and Dementia: The Need for Research Volunteers

As the number of people diagnosed with dementia increases, so too does the need for new and improved treatments and care techniques. But in order to discover and refine new treatments, we must identify and encourage participants willing to volunteer for research in a wide range of studies about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory impairment.Continue reading “Alzheimer ’s Disease and Dementia: The Need for Research Volunteers”

Dementia Increases Likelihood of Readmission for Heart Patients

Another recent study provides further proof that healthcare professionals must consider the effect of dementia on hospital readmissions. As we discussed in a previous blog post, many individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will suffer from the 3 diagnostic areas of focus and will be hospitalized. Those with dementia are at greater risk for readmissionContinue reading “Dementia Increases Likelihood of Readmission for Heart Patients”

Prevalence of Dementia to Increase in Long-Term Care

For years we have been sharing this and encouraging organizations to prepare and learn how to further elevate care for persons with dementia and their families. Yes, long-term care will continue to provide acute and increasingly complex skilled care and rehabilitation. However, according to “World Alzheimer’s Report 2013,” currently 80% of facility residents have dementia.Continue reading “Prevalence of Dementia to Increase in Long-Term Care”

Medication a Difficult Call with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

I have encountered many families and healthcare professionals over the years who question medication use for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Some want no medications – others can’t ask for enough! My latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers, “Consider quality of life when prescribing medications,” offers some advice for those faced with questions regardingContinue reading “Medication a Difficult Call with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia”