Alzheimers

Senior Centers, Part II: Line Dancing at Age 93

Posted on 09/23/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingVideo courtesy Microsoft/IN2L/Selfhelp You might have missed a piece I wrote earlier this month about senior centers’ efforts to woo baby boomers. (At 78 million-strong, this demographic is a membership director’s dream.) To attract the Forever Young Generation, some centers are dropping “senior” from their name and serving up hip offerings such as wine tastings, dating and divorce workshops and Pilates. Programming for what are considered traditional, older attendees is also changing. (It’s Senior Center Month, so I’m giving equal time to …

2013 World Alzheimer Report Released

Posted on 09/19/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingMore than 35 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s, with the number projected to double by 2030 and triple to 115 million by 2050.That’s why experts from around the globe are working together for better Alzheimer’s care and support for families. Their collective effort is evident in a report released today by Alzheimer’s Disease International, a group  of 79 Alzheimer’s associations. The annual report makes policy recommendations. Here are the highlights: Countries must develop National Dementia Plans to structure and fund …

The Art of Care

Posted on 09/13/2013 by | Caregiving experts & bloggers | Comments

CaregivingBalancing care for a loved one with medical professionals, residential staff or home health employees can get complicated quickly.  Defining your role as a care partner can be difficult. How do you let go and trust “those professionals”? How do you know who should take the lead and when? I’ve cared for my mother with dementia over 30 years and my father with brain cancer for 4 ½ years. During this period, I found myself standing at a crossroads several …

Buying a Car With Alzheimer’s. Seriously?

Posted on 09/4/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingI’ve seen the occasional sensational story about a car dealer selling someone who is cognitively impaired — think Alzheimer’s — a car, only to have family members march in and demand they take it back. But I thought it was rare. My AARP editor, though, knows six staffers who know someone with cognitive impairment who has managed to walk off with keys to a shiny new car. How could this happen? Were the dealers licking their chops when they saw …

Making Sense of Alzheimer’s: 9 Books for Kids

Posted on 08/21/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingAlzheimer’s disease and dementia can be mind-boggling and confusing to kids. Their grandparents, great-grandparents or family friend may act “weird” and yet look normal. How do you explain what’s happening to children? A 17-year-old college student recently emailed me about a children’s book on Alzheimer’s he has coauthored. Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? is based on Max Wallack’s experience with his great-grandmother (“Great Grams”).  She lived with his family from the time he was 6 until …

The Doctor Will (Really) See You Now: An Alzheimer’s Program

Posted on 08/9/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingThe Buddy Program, an initiative that pairs medical students with those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s for social activities, not doctoring, is proving therapeutic for both sides. Students learn about dementia outside the classroom so it is demystified and humanized, while people with Alzheimer’s get to act as mentors. The mentors not only have fun, but also feel that they are contributing to future physicians’  understanding of a disease they will inevitably face with their patients. Over the course …