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Five Apps for People With Dementia & Alzheimer’s
If you work with clients with dementia, you’ll want to check out these five apps. The apps can help clients reminisce with stories and music, and provide a way for them to go on safe walks or rides by alerting caregivers if they go beyond a predetermined distance. App for Storytelling &...
Fri, Aug 7 2015
A Preschool in a Nursing Home: Ideas to Help You Start Intergenerational Programs
By now you’ve probably seen the adorable video of a preschool in a nursing home that’s been making its way around Facebook and Twitter. The concept is simple—operating a preschool on the same campus of a nursing home provides both the older adults and children opportunities to make...
Thu, Jun 25 2015
New Report: Health Professionals Withholding Alzheimer’s Diagnosis From Clients
The Alzheimer’s Association recently reported that medical professionals withhold the news of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis from their patients, often in an effort to not bring about emotional distress. Washington Post reported on this here , and experts quoted in that article say that the delay...
Mon, Apr 6 2015
Holidays & Dementia: Five Things to Check With Older Adults
Of course dementia is a problem year round, but the holidays are often the time of the year that we see family and friends more often and for longer periods of time. It can also be a time of year when routines get disrupted and cognitive issues may become more apparent. Share these five things to...
Tue, Dec 16 2014
Why We Lose Our Keys and What Can We Do About It?
We’ve all lost our keys (or phone or paperwork) and wonder where they disappeared to. In fact, the average person misplaces up to nine items a day! The Wall Street Journal reports on a survey that found that one third of the respondents spend an average 15 minutes a day searching for items. ...
Fri, May 16 2014
Don't Forget! National Memory Screening Day is Nov. 15
Tomorrow, on Tuesday, November 15, communities across the country are offering free, confidential memory screenings at more than 2,500 sites in the U.S. If you know someone who is concerned about memory loss and wants to get the benefits of early detection and intervention, encourage them to participate...
Mon, Nov 14 2011
OT Month: How Occupational Therapy Helps People With Dementia
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to triple by 2050. The U.S. has recognized the importance of planning for this growth by creating a national plan to combat Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is a loss of brain function due to damage to the brain...
Thu, Apr 19 2012
A look at basketball coach's early onset Alzheimer's
News broke this week that legendary women’s college basketball coach, Pat Summitt, has early onset Alzheimer’s disease . The 59 year old University of Tennessee coach said she will continue to work this season with the help of her coaching staff. The story prompted many news outlets to take...
Fri, Aug 26 2011