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Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease |by Elayne Forgie,

Stages of Alzheimer’s

Early Stages – What day is it?

The disease begins in the hippocampus, then spreads to the frontal temporal lobe affecting recent memory, learning of new information, thinking, planning and organization.

Middle Stages – Who are you?

It moves further into the frontal temporal lobe and into the occipital and parietal lobes affecting sensory perception, communication, behaviors, impulse control, judgment and attention to personal appearance.

Late Stages – Who am I?

In the final stages the disease spreads throughout the brain and affects the ability to recognize anyone, including themselves, to control bodily functions and to eat and drink. Eventually, the brain can no longer tell the body what to do.

by on Dec 28, 2012 in Alzheimer's Care West Palm Beach ; more information on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another cognitive impairment, contact Alzheimer's Care West Palm Beach at (800) 209-4342

States With Filial Responsibility Laws | You May Have to Pay for Your Parents' Care

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You May Have to Pay for Your Parents' Care

States with filial responsibility laws are: Alaska, Arkansas,
California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana,
Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota,
Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota,
Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Collaboration Trap – The Wrong Way to Innovate | Senior Housing Forum

The Collaboration Trap – The Wrong Way to Innovate | Senior Housing Forum: Two Big Collaboration Problems
Collaboration is a good way to solve well defined problems where there is already a set of possible solutions. It is a terrible way to innovate. There are two reasons why collaboration is an ineffective . . . even impossible path to innovation:

1. Unequal Power – Good collaborative efforts put considerable time and effort into making sure all stakeholders have a voice. The process may even include a framework that allows the minor stakeholders have a disproportionately strong voice. Yet for all of that, some participants will have much more influence than others. In some cases it is strength that comes from position and in other cases, it comes from having a strong charismatic or forceful personality.

2. Accommodation – The word collaboration suggests that everyone has a voice and every voice has value. This means that as solutions begin to emerge there is an innate tendency to make sure everyone has contributed to the solution. That each person can say about some part of the solution “That was my idea” or “my contribution.” This means that ultimately, the solution(s) will regress to the mean, in other words regress to something that accommodates everyone even if not optimal.
 author: Steve Moran

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Caregiver Cards

Communication Is Important

Communication is considered a shared responsibility. However, in dealing with persons affected with Alzheimer’s and dementias, the responsibility for understanding and being understood lies squarely with the caregiver.
Communication is quite simply the act of conveying or sharing information. Alzheimer’s and related dementias eventually create a barrier to effective communication, mostly dealing with the language part of communication.

 Caregiver Cards was founded off of the idea that not only are persons living with Alzheimer’s entitled to supportive and the best possible care, so are the caregivers. We understand so well, because we have cared for our loved ones too.

žCommunication is considered a shared responsibility. However, in dealing with persons affected with Alzheimer’s and similar dementias, the responsibility for understanding and being understood lies squarely with YOU the caregiver.

žYou, the caregiver, will be in charge of handling Caregiver Cards, and helping your loved one find their voice with a new style of communicating.

 Barbara Worthington is the founder and owner of Caregiver Cards. Barbara  with over 13 years of experience and knowledge related to care giving and Alzheimer’s.

How to Interact with a Person with Dementia in Distress |

How to Interact with a Person with Dementia in Distress

Support & Insight for the Autumn of Life

Tips for Families & Volunteers on Visiting the Person with Dementia

MindStart - Puzzles, Games, and More for Persons with Memory Loss Tips for Having a Good Visit

Individuals with dementia can have difficulty with recent memories and with communicating, making it harder to maintain relationships with others on their own. Often, their friends, neighbors, and extended family members do not know how to handle this, so stop visiting or calling. Offer these tips to decrease the fear and make the visit successful.

Choose a quiet calm location
Introduce yourself, as needed
Keep focus on the person, using eye contact and patience
Avoid correcting; instead offer reassurance and praise
Avoid open-ended questions; instead use yes/no questions or questions where 2 choices are given
Monitor body language and facial expressions of the person
Enter their world. Talk about what they are thinking about at the time.
Reminiscence is a wonderful tool. Talk about past interests or significant life events.
Use adapted Alzheimer activities to form a connection and have fun together.

Don't know what to do when visiting with the person with dementia?
This is the perfect 'kit' to have a variety of activities that work for different stages of dementia. 
 Includes your choice of one 26 piece puzzle, various level re-usable word searches, and lacing card in a handy  binder. 

Official Site of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, LLC

Official Site of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, LLC: The newest component of the NCCDP is the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Staff Education Week Tool Kit.

The Tool Kit is available at www.nccdp.org. The Tool Kit and the declaration by the NCCDP Alzheimer's and Dementia Staff Education Week February 14th to the 21st was developed and implemented to bring awareness to the importance of staff educators being trained and certified in dementia care and to provide education by means of face to face interactive classroom environment and to provide comprehensive dementia education to all healthcare professionals and line staff. NCCDP recognizes the important contribution that Nurse Educators and Staff Educators provide to health care professionals and line staff and in honor of this week the NCCDP is seeking nominations for Nurse Educator and Staff Educator of the Year.

Currently there are no national standards for dementia education. The regulations are different from state to state. The NCCDP recommends at minimum an initial 8 hours of dementia education to all staff. Through out the year, additional dementia education should be provided that incorporates new advances, culture change and innovative ideas.
The tool kit includes:
  • Free Power Point / Over Head In-services for Health Care Staff, Tests and Answers, Seminar Evaluation and Seminar Certificates.
  • 97 Ways To Recognize Alzheimer’s and dementia Staff Education Week
  • 20 Reasons Why You Should Provide Comprehensive Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training to Your Staff by A Live Instructor
  • Dementia Word Search Games & Interactive Exercises
  • Movies and Books About Alzheimer’s You Don’t Want To Miss
  • Proclamation & Sample Agenda for Opening Ceremony & Sample Letter to Editor
  • Contest Entry Forms- Staff Education week
  • Alzheimer’s Bill of Rights & Alzheimer’s Patient Prayer
  • Nurse Educator / In-service Director of The Year Nomination F

In addition to facilitating the Train the Trainer programs, The NCCDP promotes dementia education and certification of all staff as Certified Dementia Practitioners (CDP®).

Incontinence: Why You Shouldn’t Be Embarrassed

Incontinence: Why You Shouldn’t Be Embarrassed:

It’s a topic most people don’t want to talk about, but it’s too important to avoid: incontinence. As we continue to educate our readers throughout Alzheimer's Awareness Month, it's important to shed light on the tie between dementia and incontinence.

Unfortunately, many people faced with worsening dementia are dealt a second, unexpected blow when incontinence begins to happen regularly. It may be an uncomfortable topic, but it’s incredibly common; as dementia progresses, incontinence becomes almost inevitable, according to a 2006 study. Another reason to deal with this care issue head-on is that it is the most common reason a person with dementia is institutionalized.

It is also a reason many must stop attending Day Care


seniorszen.com is a free resource for finding local senior housing in Canada & Alzheimer's Care-- by Province

seniorszen.com is a free resource for finding local senior housing in Canada. They provide comprehensive information on Independent Living, Home Care, Residential Care Homes, Assisted Living, Alzheimer's Care, and Nursing Homes in all Canadian provinces.  SeniorsZen's Mailing Address:
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Alzheimer's Care-- by Province

Alberta   http://www.seniorszen.com/care/alzheimers-care/alberta
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Ontario  http://www.seniorszen.com/care/alzheimers-care/ontario
Prince Edward Island  http://www.seniorszen.com/care/alzheimers-care/prince-edward-island
Quebec  http://www.seniorszen.com/care/alzheimers-care/quebec
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Yukon Territory  http://www.seniorszen.com/care/alzheimers-care/yukon-territory

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD: Synergy for Senior Care: Improving Partnerships Between Medical Services and Community-Based Care

Federal and state governments now place increased pressure on the health care sector to provide better quality care while reducing costs, such as readmission penalties and quality ratings on Medicare Advantage plans. However, many of the issues that emerge in the chasm between a hospital discharge and full re-entry at home are things that are beyond the hospital walls. For example, could the person navigate the three steps to get inside the home? If medications need to be taken with food, is there food in the refrigerator? Did the prescriptions get filled within 24 hours in the first place? Does the daughter know how to safely help mom get from the recliner to the bathroom?
These and other key issues are commonplace for a whole range of community-based organizations that answer the calls from frustrated family members and help make arrangements to smooth the transitions. Organizations such as aging and disability resource centers, faith-based groups and many others have much to offer health care systems that can no longer operate only inside the medical walls. Developing, fostering and managing partnerships between community-based organizations and the health care sector is a key step towards addressing the total needs of older adults and people with disabilities as critical junctures in their health. This is particularly true for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

While efforts are underway at the national level to improve care transitions, the dearth of information on how best to build partnerships between the community-based long-term services and supports and the medical sector is staggering. Both the health care sector and community-based services sector have been working on tackling the issue of care coordination, but have been doing so from their own perspectives and biases. Beyond anecdotes, there are few models on how to create, formalize and maintain these partnerships, or how to define and delineate what a joint approach to care transitions and care

Pensioners set up lunch clubs after new council charges imposed | Carers Chill4us

Pensioners set up lunch clubs after new council charges imposed | Carers Chill4us: PENSIONERS have formed their own lunch clubs which helps carers
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Isle of Thanet Gazette

Minnis Day Centre in Birchington is the sole remaining publicly run centre in Thanet. Some people have stopped attending after being hit by charges of up to £45 per day.

Carer Barry Hardy, 85, set up a club because he cannot afford the new charges to take his wife Kay to the centre.

Following talks between users and KCC, Mr Hardy decided to organise a club to give carers and pensioners a place to gather that did not break the bank.

Treatments for Behavior | Alzheimer's Association

Treatments for Behavior | Alzheimer's Association: Treatments for Behavior

Common changes in behavior

Many people find the changes in behavior caused by Alzheimer's to be the most challenging and distressing effect of the disease. The chief cause of behavioral symptoms is the progressive deterioration of brain cells. However, medication, environmental influences and some medical conditions also can cause symptoms or make them worse.

Overnight Dementia 'Camp' Allows Caregivers Rest : NPR

Overnight Dementia 'Camp' Allows Caregivers Rest : NPR: Overnight Dementia 'Camp' Allows Caregivers Rest

by The Associated Press
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NEW YORK October 1, 2012, 05:53 pm ET

NEW YORK (AP) — Just after 10 p.m., when most people their age are going to sleep, a group of elderly folks suffering from dementia are just getting started, dancing and shaking tambourines and maracas in a raucous version of "La Bamba."

"It's a party," says an 81-year-old woman, among dozens of patients brought to a Bronx nursing home every night for a structured series of singalongs, crafts and therapy sessions that lasts until dawn.

The program, which appears to be rare, is kind of a "night camp" for dementia victims who don't sleep at night or tend to wake up agitated or become frightened or disoriented by the fall of darkness.

It's meant to provide care and activity — lots of activity — to fill the wee hours for people with Alzheimer's and similar diseases who live at home. And it's meant to provide their caregivers — usually a son or daughter — with a treasured night's sleep.

The Carers newspaper UK

The Carers newspaper

The Carers newspaper

Health and news for Family Carers in the UK

Can you clone: The "Elder Serve Program at Night

The "Elder Serve Program at Night -- provides a supportive environment from early evening to early morning from 7pm-7am. Sleep disturbances, confusion and wandering can put those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia at risk at if not monitored at night. During the night family caregivers are able to have caregiving relief in the form of a full nights rest. During the daytime those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia are able to return home. In some cases the program can be an alternative to full time placement in a nursing home. --- Google for : "Elder Serve Program at Night " for details and reviews

Family Value: Men at Work—As Caregivers - WSJ.com

Family Value: Men at Work—As Caregivers - WSJ.com: Agencies and private firms are rolling out new tools and services to help the growing number of men taking on the role of family caregiver—many of whom are still trying to hold down their day jobs.

Although the traditional stereotype of a family member taking care of an elderly relative is a wife, daughter or daughter-in-law, 45% of Americans in that role are men, according to a Pew Research Center report published in July. It was based on interviews with more than 3,000 adults in 2010.

Help for a 'hidden population' of caregiving kids - CNN.com

Help for a 'hidden population' of caregiving kids - CNN.com: According to a 2006 study conducted by Civic Enterprises for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 22% of high school dropouts in the United States leave school to care for a family member (PDF).

09:00 AM ET

Young caregivers put life on hold

By Jacque Wilson, CNN
(CNN) - Kim Shifren came home from school one day to find her world turned upside down. Her mom had suffered a massive heart attack; doctors said she would need weeks to recover.
In a matter of minutes, the 14-year-old went from child to child caregiver.
Shifren spent the next month bathing, dressing and feeding her mom before school. When she got home, she cleaned the house and made dinner. Her dad helped when he could, but he worked long hours to support the family.
Two years later, Shifren had to do it all again when her mom had another heart attack. And then again when a third heart attack hit two years after that.

Healthcare professionals need training to deal with the sexual needs of patients, study finds

All healthcare professionals need training to deal with the sexual needs of patients, study finds: All Healthcare Professionals Need Training to Deal With the Sexual Needs of Patients, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Oct. 11, 2012) — Providing healthcare staff with a one-day training course on dealing with the sexual needs of people with an acquired physical disability gave them greater understanding of the issues patients faced and enabled them to address intimate questions more comfortably and proactively.

The findings were so encouraging that the authors of the study, published in the November issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing, are calling for all healthcare practitioners to receive sexuality training, regardless of their role or the area of healthcare they work in.

Pocketalker® - Helping People Hear

Pocketalker® - Williams Sound - Helping People Hear

 The Pocketalker® amplifies sounds closest to the listener while reducing background noise. Ideal for one-on-one conversation, small group and TV listening, or conversing in the car

.... designed to help strengthen communication and minimize frustration associated with ongoing caregiver-to-resident and resident-to-resident interaction -- from dining to occupational therapy to small-group activities such as card playing.  Ideal for one-on-one conversations during assessment interviews with vulnerable elders. This kit features the Pocketalker® personal amplifier, which provides superior amplification of sounds closest to the listener while reducing background noise. This communication tool is lightweight, portable and easy to use. And it can be used with or without hearing aids. ADA and MDS 3.0 compliant.

Free Hearing Aids for the Elderly

Free Hearing Aids for the Elderly a Google search snapshotFree Hearing Aids for the Elderly

seniors.lovetoknow.com › ... › Senior Citizens › Aging and Health
With the cost of many hearing aids in the thousands of dollars, it leaves older people living on a fixed income wondering if free hearing aids for the elderly

Free high quality hearing aids are available for qualified individuals. ...
How to Find Free Hearing ...
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How Do I Get Free Hearing Aids?
5 days ago – Hearing aid manufacturers will often provide these models for free to the elderly and children in order to study their effectiveness.

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Caring Matters Newsletter www.LAServices.ca

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“the grey tsunami” has become a buzz phrase for the phenomenal tide of retiring seniors who are living longer than ever and are understandably expecting to be provided for by our universal health care system. Consider the following statistics:
The number of seniors will increase by 43% in the next decade. At current spending levels, the Ontario government will need to devote an annual $24 billion to seniors by 2033 (50% more than the annual expendi-ture today). There are expected to be about 9.8 million senior Canadians by 2036.

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Articles or other materials may be reproduced provided the source is acknowledged.
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Assisted Living: Are You Asking The Right Questions?

Assisted Living: Are You Asking The Right Questions?: Assisted Living: Are You Asking The Right Questions?
Posted by Derek Jones, Certified Senior Advisor on Wed, Sep 19, 2012

Bring this list of questions with you when you visit an assisted living facility to ensure a customized approach when it comes to facility care. The responses of the facility’s representative will help you determine if the staff, care and environment are up to your standards, and help you decide if the facility is good enough to be a new home for Mom.
  1. How far away is it? You’ll want to visit Mom as often as you can, not to mention pick her up for holidays and family events. The closer the facility is to your home, the easier this will be. Also, how close is the facility to other relatives, doctors offices, friends, and shopping?
  2. How much is the cost, and what does it cover? This is a question you can’t afford not to ask. Read the fine print to look for hidden fees and services that aren’t covered. Costs and payment options vary widely between assisted living facilities, so don’t be afraid to ask questions before you even see a contract.
  3. What is the staff like? What kind of assistance do they offer to residents? Are the staff licensed and certified? Do they seem friendly and knowledgeable? Do they seem well-attended to? What is the ratio of staff to residents? Try asking the residents if the staff are responsive and how well do they like the staff--it’s often the best way to predict your own loved one’s experience.
  4. Is the food good? To your mom, this will be one of the most important questions. Visit the dining room during a meal. Ask to see the menu for the week. Does the food look and smell appetizing? Are the portions not too big or too small? Ask the residents how well they like the food--it’s something they’ll be happy to chat about!
  5. Are there adequate activities available? Do you see a list of activities posted? Are the residents engaged in crafts, games, or group discussions, or do they seem to just be sitting around? What kind of activities are available for patients who are confined to their rooms?
  6. What are the visiting hours? Do they accommodate your schedule and the schedules of your loved one’s friends and relatives? What if schedules change? Generally, facilities that allow visiting hours seven days a week, for several hours of the day make for the happiest living situation.
  7. What kind of amenities are offered? Does the facility offer exercise classes and recreational classes? Is there a wellness office? (Your loved one might not need skilled services now, but that could change in the future.) Make sure to find out if these amenities are covered, and if not, what the additional fees are.
  8. What is the facility’s history of violations? Mistakes and complaints happen. But you want to know that the facility you’re entrusting with your family member hasn’t made any egregious errors. Ask to see the facility’s licensing and violations records.
  9. Who would you be communicating with? How does the facility handle questions and concerns? Would you be speaking to a front-desk employee, or would you be able to directly contact the facility’s director? If the facility views communication as a priority, your experience will be all the smoother for it.
  10. Would you live there? Before you commit to a facility, ask yourself this all-important question. Would you feel happy and adequately cared for in the facility? If not, it’s probably not the right choice for your loved one.
These questions will help you gauge if a facility is right for you and your loved one. If your family has elected that facility care is a must, keep in mind that a private aide can also provide personalized and dedicated attention to your loved one’s needs within a facility. Learn more about adjunct senior care.

Veterans Affairs (VA) has toll-free telephone line for the caregivers of veterans of all eras

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has opened a new, toll-free telephone line for the caregivers of veterans of all eras. The National Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 will assist caregivers, Veterans and others seeking caregiver information. The telephone line will be available Monday through Friday. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., eastern time; and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., eastern time. Licensed VA social workers and health technicians will staff the support line. For more information on caring for veterans, visit the VA's Caregiver webpage

Dementia As A Terminal Illness: Understanding Clinical Course Of Disease Leads To Better End-of-life Care | LinkedIn

Dementia As A Terminal Illness: Understanding Clinical Course Of Disease Leads To Better End-of-life Care | LinkedIn: "As the end of life approaches, the pattern in which patients with advanced dementia experience distressing symptoms is similar to patients dying of more commonly recognized terminal conditions, such as cancer."

The study underscores the need to improve the quality of palliative care in nursing homes to reduce the physical suffering of patients with advanced dementia, and to improve communication with their family members.
Dementia As A Terminal Illness: Understanding Clinical Course Of Disease Leads To Better End-of-life Care sciencedaily.com

ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2009) —

Social Security Disability - What Are Compassionate Allowances - AARP

Social Security Disability - What Are Compassionate Allowances - AARP: What Are Compassionate Allowances?
165 severe medical conditions will fast-track a disability application

by: Stan Hinden | from: AARP Bulletin | September 6, 2012

 Basically, an application is sped up if the person has any of the diseases and conditions that are on a compassionate-allowances list that Social Security maintains. Now numbering 165, these include various forms of cancer, brain injury, heart disease, and immune system and neurological disorders.
More on Social Security

The special processing saves the applicant from waiting months or even years to obtain benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.

An Alzheimer's hearing included testimony from not only medical experts but also family members who recounted the difficulties they faced when their breadwinners developed Alzheimer's disease in their early 50s and were unable to work.

Although the disease generally afflicts older people, the Alzheimer's Association estimates that about 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 have the disease. Early-onset Alzheimer's disease and related dementia's were added to the list in 2010. "Now, individuals who are dealing with the enormous challenges of Alzheimer's won't also have to endure the financial and emotional toll of a long disability decision process," commented Alzheimer's Association Chief Executive Harry Johns.

Home Health Aide Shortage Could Affect Future of Senior Care

Home Health Aide Shortage Could Affect Future of Senior Care: Home Health Aide Shortage Could Affect Future of Senior Care
By Sarah Stevenson on September 3, 2012

Tomorrow’s seniors may be on the verge of a home health care crisis, reports the Associated Press. How can home care agencies attract enough workers to serve the growing senior population?
Home Health Aide Assists with Senior Care

Photo credit: Associated Press

With growing numbers of baby boomers getting older, the need for home health care workers is expected to soar over the next decade. But when the median pay for home care aides is comparable to that earned by fast-food workers, and nearly half of home care workers live at or below the poverty line, it may end up being difficult to fill those jobs. And that’s going to be tough for the seniors who rely on health aides to get through the day.

What Does Power of Attorney Do. - The two types of POA

What Does Power of Attorney Do. - AgingCare.com

Restraints | Lauren Turner at ElderCare at Home West Palm Beach, Florida Area

Restraints | LinkedIn: Restraints

Lauren Turner

I want to take a second to address the use and misuse of Restraints.
Firstly, they can be an excellent tool, or a severe hindrance. Restraints can help a patient sit up and stay in that position (geri chair or lap buddy), or can keep a patient safe (i.e. a hospital bed to make sure the patient does not roll out of bed and hurt themselves. Restraints can also be a hindrance however; using restraints to prevent falls in ambulatory patients, to manage annoying behaviors or at the request of the family is never an appropriate use of such measures.
Secondly, many times nurses in facilities and hospitals may utilize restraints without the Doctors knowledge, even though the Doctor is liable.
Thirdly, the use of restraints should only be utilized in certain, specific instances. If a patient specifically asks for restraints (competent), if restraints are needed to treat an uncooperative patient medically, or to prevent falls from TEMPORARY conditions (post opp).
Improper use of restraints is a liability, and can cause injury or death, so be aware of the risks and use only if and when appropriate. Remember to treat EVERY patient as you would want your own mother or grandmother treated. Be respectful and allow them the dignity of independence and safety whenever possible.

Communication is challenging with a loved one with Alzheimer’s, including meal time. | LinkedIn

Communication is challenging with a loved one with Alzheimer’s, including meal time. | LinkedIn: Alzheimer's and dementia patients also need a fiber rich diet (non commonplace in nursing homes) and constant reminders to drink water & stay hydrated. Institutional food and dehydration may cause agitation. A simple self test to check for dehydration was to pinch the skin at the back of the wrist; if it stay pinched that means your dehydrated.

There are 6 additional considerations for dietary services with Dementia patients:
1) Presentation of food (a square tray versus a round plate can add confusion)
2) Food consistency (tremors & arthritis patient may have difficulty with soups).
3) Utensils (a carton of milk may be harder to open than milk poured into a glass with (or without) a straw)
4) Entree selection; many patient's have specific religious or dietary needs when it comes to meal times.
5) Frequency of feedings- Alzheimer's & Dementia patients should eat often, minimally 3 times/day + snacks, to help keep weight on.
6) Dining room environment(noise & chaos)

Good topic, Cynthia!

"The Grey Zone": How to Handle Partially Incompetent Aging Parents - Aging Parents | Aging Parents

"The Grey Zone": How to Handle Partially Incompetent Aging Parents - Aging Parents | Aging Parents: Your aging parent seems ok one day. The next day, he can’t find his way out the front door. Is he really losing it? Or is it just a temporary thing?

What we call “the grey zone” is that place between being competent and being incompetent for making decisions that is part of cognitive decline. The crazy-making part of it is that it is so unpredictable. The impairment that begins to affect the brain of a person with dementia very early in the process may be both hidden and subtle. But it’s real. And it can be dangerous.

AgingParents.com grew out of the combined efforts of three individuals, Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, R. N., attorney, Dr. Mikol Davis, psychologist, and Bruce Tokars. It arose from a shared desire to help boomers meet the needs of their aging loved ones. All three are boomers themselves.

Bracelet Locator finds missing man in 11 minutes

GPS Tracking Devices, Tracking System, For What Matters Most | Adiant Solutions: Adiant Solutions empowers users to locate "what matters most"

Adiant Solutions is revolutionizing the GPS industry by providing solutions that transforms lives. You are in control… you decide how to better manage "what matters most". Whether you are looking for tracking devices that locate a wanderer with dementia, a child with autism who is eloping, a low-level criminal, your fleet or cargo, or even a teen driver, we have the answer with our easy-to-use, customizable technology.

Adiant's products ensure that people and property are where they belong…..and when. The devices are easy to use and can be managed from any computer or smart phone with Adiant's easy-to-use LocationNow Software.

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A Halifax-area senior who went missing Sunday was found within 11 minutes by police who are trying out new technology as part of a pilot project. “It looks a lot like a large mens’ watch,” Halifax Regional Police Const. Matthew MacGillivray said of a new global positioning satellite device that has been given to 10 people in the project. Late Sunday morning, a man who is older than 75 but is not being identified, was reported missing. He is prone to wandering due to a medical condition, MacGilivray said. Officers using Project SOFT (satellite option finding technology) found him in a park minutes later.

medicareinsurancebenefits.com shares changes in Medicare as they come up

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Who would come to take your place in a crisis | emergency

What would you do if you had a crisis and had to leave in an ambulance in the middle of the night?

Who take your place to help your/our loved ones?

I have have a plan "b" in a closed plastic file folder with compartments in my car. It has our POA's, medical stuff, and health care proxy. I have also sent copies of POA and med proxies to the local hospitals' medical records.

Here is a early copy of the plan-B document {medial information for responders} which is in a "File of Life" folder.

Medic Information for responders

Our phone number:
Our home address:
Emergency call 911
Preferred Hospital:
Local hospital:
MedicAlert Services (med information) 800 432 5378
caregiver ID xxxxxxxxxxxxx ALZ Safe Return ID SRxxxxxxxx
In-Home Health Services Provider:
Insurance: Medicare & Medx (BXBS) Medex phone 800 678 2265
Housebound 's name
DOB MO/Day/Year
PCP; Dr name/phone/location
Alzheimer’s; Dr name/phone/location
Current medications: {list of meds and instructions}
My name:
PCP: Dr name/phone/location
Current medications: {list of meds and instructions}
Individuals to call to come in response to emergency
{FIRST CALL} name,phone, location
{Immediately call} Home Instead  508 393 8838
(if you can’t get first person others: possible calls)
list of trusted people.
other contacts:
Dentist :
Individual holding Durable Power of Attorneys: {holders names and their contact information}
Records (directives etc) on file at Family Attorney  Contact information:

Disaster situations, such as a hurricane, tornado or forest fire, can have a significant impact on everyone's safety, but they can be especially upsetting and confusing for individuals with dementia. | LinkedIn

Disaster situations, such as a hurricane, tornado or forest fire, can have a significant impact on everyone's safety, but they can be especially upsetting and confusing for individuals with dementia. | LinkedIn: Disaster situations, such as a hurricane, tornado or forest fire, can have a significant impact on everyone's safety, but they can be especially upsetting and confusing for individuals with dementia.

Make an emergency plan.
See the "Help Is Available" box on this page. It has links to websites with helpful planning tips. As part of your plan, prepare an emergency kit.
Take specific needs into account.
For example, if the person with Alzheimer's or other dementia uses a walker or portable oxygen, be sure your emergency evacuation plans accommodate these needs.
If an individual lives in a residential facility, learn about its disaster/evacuation plans. Find out who is responsible for evacuating the person in the event of an emergency.

Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's

Another Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's Another Miracle | Alzheimer's Reading Room: Over 100 different drugs have side effects that can mimic Alzheimer's in some people. Among the most common:

Antihistimatines (Benadryl, diphenhydramine)
Sleeping pills (Ambien, Sonata)
Painkillers (Darvon, Toradol, Demerol, Naproxen, Aleve)
Anti-anxiety drugs (Valium, Librium, Halcion, Xanax)
Anti-psychotic drugs (Risperdal, Seroquel, Zyprexa)
Cholesterol drugs (Lipitor and other statins)
Older antidepressants (Elavil, Miltown, Tofranil)
Incontinence drugs (Detrol, Ditropan, Toviaz)
Acid-reflux drugs (Zantac)
Blood pressure drugs (Procardia, Adalat)
Tranquilizers (Serentil, Thorazine, Mellaril)
Heart drugs (Norpace, Lanoxin, Aldoril, Vasodilan, Cardura, Aldomet)
Stomach drugs (Bentyl, Levsin, Donnatal, Librax)
Parkinson's drugs (benztropine, trihexyphenidyl)

Seniors: Should You Document Your Family History?

Seniors: Should You Document Your Family History?: Researching your family history can often lead to amazing stories and uncovering astounding facts. Imagine learning that your great grandparents were prominent local citizens back in the 1800s or that your great uncle invented something that is still used today! These are the types of stories that allow family history to live on and strengthen familial bonds.

Your elderly relatives are treasure troves of family information. If you document their stories, someday you could give the precious gift of family history to your grandchildren. Sit down with a favorite elderly relative and ask these questions to learn more about your family. The sheer differences between their childhoods and your own might astound you! Make sure to write down or record the answers so that you can share the information with future generations.

Alzheimer's training and dementia training - National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners

Alzheimer's training and dementia training - National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners:

The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners®, LLC was formed in 2001 by a group of professionals with varying work and personal experiences in the field of dementia care.

Their backgrounds include Nurses, Regional Managers, Nursing Assistants, Consultants, Geriatric Care Managers, Psychiatry, Dementia Unit Managers, Alzheimer's and related Dementia Care Specialist, Alzheimer's Educators, Dementia Educators, Activity Professionals, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Licensed / Certified Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Dietitians, Pharmacists, Alzheimer's Care Specialist, Long Term Care Administration, Support Group Leaders, Administrators, Owners, Elder Law Attorney's and Home Care Administration.

The Notebook Cafe | Reading-North Reading Patch Classes & Lectures, Charitable, and Awareness Events on Patch - Reading-North Reading Patch, MA Patch

The Notebook Cafe | Reading-North Reading Patch Classes & Lectures, Charitable, and Awareness Events on Patch - Reading-North Reading Patch, MA Patch: The Notebook Cafe
17 May

Meadow View Care & Rehabilitation Center, 134 North St, North Reading, MA

Meadowview Care and Rehab is pleased to introduce The Notebook Cafe. Designed for people with Alzheimer's disease, their family and friends, and anyone interested in dementia, this monthly gathering is a fun mix of relaxation, resources and support. There are no charges, no expectations and no judgements. Our cafe is all about you-and for you.SHAKE THE BLUES with Donna Newman-BluesteinOur first monthly gathering will feature dance movement therapist, Donna Newman-Bluestein. Donna uses humor, props and everyday movement to encourage people with dementia to express themselves and experience a greater sense of vitality and connection with others. She brings a loving heart, a sense of joy and toe tapping music to her work.RSVP to Claire Henry 978.276.2000 or claire.henry@sunh.com

Free "Long Distance Caregiver Checkli

Download Our Free "Long Distance Caregiver Checkli: Reduce stress, save time and money - "Long Distance Caregiver Checklist"


It is hard being apart from an aging parent and worrying about his or her safety and well-being. When you visit, you need to make the most of your time. Our experts share a valuable checklist to improve your visits!

About Meetups - the world's largest network of local groups

About Meetup - Meetup:  Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.

Meetup's mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.
 Meetup Group Organizers pay Organizer Dues (as little as $12 a month). Some Organizers choose to share this cost with their members.

Open a Cafe | We hope to see an Alzheimer’s Café in every community around the country.

Open a Cafe: We hope to see an Alzheimer’s Café in every community around the country.

The Alzheimer’s Café is such a simple idea: it offers everyone a chance to relax and have a good time with friends, whether they are caregivers, professionals, family, or people living with dementia. Let us all work together to spread the word. When you’re ready to open your café, we invite you to contact us so we can share our experience with you. You’re also invited to join us on this website.


MORE Information

    The Alzheimer Cafe UK

    Who is it for? The Alzheimer Café UK is open to all carers, persons with dementia and their family and friends. It is also for all professionals ...
    Alzheimer Cafe Home

    Welcome to the website for the Alzheimer Cafe Isle of Wight. We hope you will find something of interest in the next few pages. Please let us know if you would like ...
    The Alzheimer Cafe UK

    Alzheimer's Society National Dementia Helpline - 0845 300 0336 Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:30pm www.alzheimers.org.uk
    What is it? - Alzheimer Cafe Home

    Why an Alzheimer Cafe? We were inspired to set up the cafe on the Island following two training courses with Dr Gemma Jones*, a dementia care consultant and nurse ...
    Memory & Alzheimer's Cafes UK Directory

    Nov 22, 2000 · Joy Francis on the launch of Britain's first Alzheimer's cafe, a meeting place offering far more than tea and sympathy
    Carers Association Southern Staffordshire - Alzheimer Cafe

    The café is a monthly get together where people with dementia, their families, carers and friends can come together in a safe environment. Carers, the cared for ...

Alzheimer's Cafes Worldwide: Alzheimer's and Dementia Cafes Worldwide

Alzheimer's Cafes Worldwide: Alzheimer's and Dementia Cafes Worldwide: come by a number of names, Memory Cafes, Alzheimer's Cafes, Dementia Cafes. In the UK many have been in existence for several years. Currently the concept is gaining momentum and hundreds of memory cafes sprouting up everywhere. The concept is to provide a social occasion, a meetup, for anyone with dementia / Alzheimer's, their care givers and family. They are informal and generally free. Activities vary.

What's Happening at DoAD? Anne Arundel Co. Dept. of Aging & Disabilities

Aging HomePage: What's Happening at DoAD?

Kinship Support Group meetings
Caregiver Support Group meetings
22nd Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act event on July 26
Cooling Centers Remain Open Wednesday, July 18
Look out for Affordable Care Act Scam
County Department Staff Give Presentation at National Conference
Virtual Dementia Tours
I&A Specialist completes leadership certification
Annapolis Center announces August events
Pasadena Center announces August events
Pascal Center announces August events
Sign up for Patsy Cline show trip now
Registration begins on July 23rd For The Virtual Dementia Tour for Family Caregivers
Nominate an Employer of those with disabilities
Commission on Disability Issues to meet July 24
Fall classes registration starts Aug. 1
O'Malley raffling iPad 3 and Kindle Fire
SHIP answers Medicare questions at South County Center
Reception Held for Artists with Disabilities Exhibit
Pascal Trips for fall announced
Resource Guide Released: 2012-2013 Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities, and Caregivers (See Quick Links to the right for online copy)
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Planning for Care Costs | Caregiver Center | Alzheimer's Association

"National Average, your area costs may be very different"

The average costs for long-term care services in the United States are:

$214 per day or $78,110 per year for a semi-private room in a nursing home

$239 per day or $87,235 per year for a private room in a nursing home

$3,477 per month or $41,724 per year for basic services in an assisted living facility

$21 per hour for a home health aide

$70 per day for adult day services

Source: MetLife Mature Market Institute. Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs: The 2011 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services, and Home Care Costs. New York, N.Y.: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 2011.

Read more: http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-common-costs.asp#ixzz21GG6venk

Dementia friendly communities - Alzheimer's Society UK

Dementia friendly communities  Alzheimer's Society UK

We have launched a new programme focused on improving the inclusion and quality of life of people with dementia. Our dementia friendly communities programme is part of the Prime Ministerial challenge on dementia and supported by the Department of Health. It aims to support and encourage the creation and development of dementia friendly communities.

The Society is committed to campaigning to improve health and social care, but we know many people with dementia face wider challenges in terms of isolation, anxiety and exclusion. Dementia is becoming part of life for increasing numbers of families, with 1 in 3 older people developing the condition. In response to this challenge, many communities are beginning to think about the involvement and inclusion of people with dementia.
What are dementia friendly communities?

Dementia friendly communities are villages, towns, cities and organisations who are working to challenge misunderstandings about dementia. Dementia friendly communities seek to improve the ability of people with dementia to remain independent and have choice and control over their lives.

Home Health Care Agencies Massachusetts | Medicare Nursing Agencies MA

Home Health Care Agencies Massachusetts | Medicare Nursing Agencies MA: Massachusetts Home Health Care
Directory of Massachusetts

 Home Care Organizations including Medicare Certified Home Health Agencies: Home Health Agencies,
 sorted by Massachusetts cities.

Stairlift Recycling

Stairlift Recycling: The Stairlift Recycling Scheme was pioneered by Major Adaptations Ltd. The recycling scheme for stairlifts donates all income derived from the broking of recycled stairlifts to the Respite for Carers Fund.

Stanton Lawson | Senior Care: Watch for Medication Mistake

Stanton Lawson | LinkedIn:


Have you ever been given wrong medication from the pharmacy?
 It happens to seniors at home more than you think it does.

Pharmacy mistakes happen one out of five times.
A study in Auburn University in Alabama of 100 community pharmacies found blunders in one out of every five prescriptions. Common errors include incorrectly transferring the doctor’s instructions onto the label—like leaving out “Take before dinner” on a diabetes drug—or mistaking one drug for another with a similar look or name. Other times the pharmacist got the dosage wrong or the customer got someone else’s prescription.
How can you protect yourself?
  • Drug counseling at the pharmacy counter caught 89% of errors, another study showed. These problems were corrected before the customer even left the store. If you take the time to review the medications with the pharmacist, check the dosage and review what the doctor says this can be a big help, especially if this is a new medicine.
  • If you are refilling a prescription, open the container in the store to make sure it is what you are used to taking. Medications can look different from one refill to the next; the pharmacy may have switched to a generic that is a different color or shape. When you look at the pills, you have the right to ask about the change and if this is still the right medication for your condition.
Companion Care for Seniors and Specialized Care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease, Diabetes, or Arthritis
Serving Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties

    Massachusetts Passes LTC Regulations

    The Mass legislature passed and enacted Bill 3947 to establish quality of care regulations for Alzheimer patients in nursing homes. Thanks to the thousands of calls, e-mails and postcards signed by all our
    Alzheimer advocates, the bill has been sent to Governor Patrick for signing!  Thank you all! To learn more about advocacy in MA, contact Jennifer Carter and in NH, contact Heather Carroll.

    Where to start

    Alzheimer's Compendium http://tinyurl.com/cunmmvz Provides expert data:
        Alzheimer's Disease (1)
            Causes and Risk Factors (1)
                Disease / Injury (1)
        Caregiving Tips (7)
            Eating and Drinking (1)
            First Steps After Diagnosis (1)
            Scratching & Picking the Skin (1)
            Sleep Disturbances (1)
            Sundowning (1)
            Taking Medicine (1)
            Travel (1)
        First Steps (6)
            Getting Diagnosed (5)
                The Diagnosis Process (1)
                Where to Get Diagnosed (3)
                Why Get Diagnosed? (1)
            Newly Diagnosed (1)
        Non-Alzheimer's Dementia (1)
            Mild Cognitive Impairment (1)
        Symptoms (1)
            Behavioral Problems (1)
        Treatment (1)
            Prescription Treatments (1)
                Alzheimer's Drugs (1)

    Avenidas - About

    Avenidas - About

    At Avenidas, we seek to create a community that supports and celebrates older adults. We provide a wide range of support options, information, and services that enable people to stay active, maintain their independence, help their aging parents, or care for a spouse. Our innovative programs and compassionate staff—paid and volunteer—help enrich the lives of more than 6,500 mature adults and their families each year.
    A community-based nonprofit organization, Avenidas serves the San Francisco Bay Area mid-Peninsula communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, and Mountain View. Facilities include:
    450 Bryant St.
    Palo Alto, CA 

    Traveling with Alzheimer’s Disease
    Special Occasions and Special Challenges

    Avenidas Rose Kleiner Senior Day Health Center
    270 Escuela Ave.
    Mountain View, CA
    (650) 289-5499

    How to Find a Lost Bank Account | eHow.com

    How to Find a Lost Bank Account | eHow.com

    Save that old cell phone to call for help/911

    Back in December 1997, all cellular telephones rule changes required call phone devices to have carrier network access to make unlimited FREE 911 calls.

    So if you have an cell phone and no account you can still call 911
    You MUST Keep your battery charged!

    Calling 911n is simple
    Turn on/Power up the phone.
    Dial 911.
    Press send and you will be connected immediately with the emergency dispatcher for 911.


    I had heard of this but just Googled to see if it is true.

    I have a couple of old cell phones that I dropped the phone service.

    Now I am going to charge them up in case our regular phone service is out.

    You can buy 911 only cell phones but they are expensive. Yes they have one button like an medalert buton.

    . That old cell phone could be a life line.

    Social Security Disability | Alzheimer's Association

    Social Security Disability | Alzheimer's Association   says:

    What is the Compassionate Allowance Initiative?
    Under this initiative, the Social Security Administration (SSA) finds individuals with certain diseases/conditions eligible for Social Security disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits by the nature of the disease. While applicants still have to meet other SSDI criteria and/or SSI criteria, when it comes to the disability criterion, they are considered eligible by virtue of the disease and fast-tracked for a favorable decision about their eligibility for SSDI and SSI benefits.

    What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?
    Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) are paid to individuals who have worked for enough years and have a condition that is so severe that they are not able to work any longer. Administered by the SSA, SSDI makes monthly payments to eligible disabled individuals and is a significant benefit for individuals with early-onset (younger-onset) Alzheimer's disease. In addition to a monthly payment, it serves as entry to Medicare benefits for those under the age of 65. Family members (e.g., spouses and minor children) may also be eligible for benefits based on the applicant's work record.

    What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
    Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI) are paid each month to individuals who are aged, blind or disabled and have limited income and resources (assets). The "disability" criteria for SSI are the same as for SSDI benefits. Unlike SSDI, eligibility for SSI is not based on prior work experience. In addition, in most states, individuals who receive SSI are also automatically eligible for Medicaid (medical assistance) benefits.

    Why is this important to individuals with early-onset Alzheimer's disease and related dementias?
    Social Security disability benefits are very important to those with early-onset (younger-onset) Alzheimer's and related dementias because these individuals are often initially denied benefits – but usually win on appeal. Those affected by early-onset Alzheimer's are often simultaneously faced with the enormous challenges that the disease presents, while also undergoing a long disability decision process that is financially and emotionally draining. By adding Alzheimer's disease to the list of “Compassionate Allowance” conditions, it will simplify and streamline the SSDI/SSI application process and should result in receiving SSDI/SSI benefits in an expedited manner.

    Hospice Program :: Metro West Medical Center

    Hospice Program :: Metro West Medical Center: Hospice is a team-oriented approach to caring for individuals during the challenging journey of managing a life-limiting illness. Care is given to the individual wherever they prefer. It may be at home, in a nursing home or in an assistive living environment. Care is focused on maintaining comfort and dignity, not on curing. The interdisciplinary team caring for the patient and family consists of the following:

    Patient’s Personal Physician
    Hospice Medical Director
    Registered Nurses
    Home Health Aides
    Social Workers
    Spiritual Counselor – Clergy
    Trained Volunteers
    Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, if needed

    The team develops a care plan with the patient and family that includes expert pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support; as well as coordination of contracted specialty medications and assistive medical equipment. Nurses are available 24 hours per day to help meet the patient’s needs and support the family members and friends caring for the patient.

    Palliative Care - Provider Directory

    Palliative Care - Provider Directory

    Massachusetts Estate Planning, Asset Protection Blog

    Massachusetts Estate Planning, Asset Protection Blog: what was in the 5 years of financial records that we would need to produce for Medicaid under its 5-year look back period. As detailed in previous posts, you should not wait until the State asks for the documentation because they typically give you 10 days to produce it under the threat of a denial for lack of documentation. Now you might think, “what’s the big deal? We’ll just refile.” However, if Medicaid denies our application 5 months after we file it, for example, we can only refile and ask for 3 months of retroactive benefits, losing out on 2 months.

    Alzheimer's and dementia care - Fairfax Station, VA Patch

    Alzheimer's and dementia care - Fairfax Station, VA Patch

    " the author of "Kisses for Elizabeth: Common Sense Guidelines for Alzheimer's and Dementia Care."
    Background : I'm starting this blog so I can be a resource to any dementia caregivers in my community
    I believe in using a common sense approach to solving caregiving problems and negative behaviors. For instance, keeping in mind that Alzheimer's and other dementias kill brain cells, it's important for caregivers to understand that the person who has it, cannot understand both sides of an issue. Arguing with them or saying no to them causes only agitation and upset. It could also lead to combative behaviors.
    There are better ways to get the person with dementia to cooperate.  It's easier to change the topic or bribe a person to cooperate with care, using distraction and treats.  For instance, "Mom, I've got some of your favorite cake. We can have it after your shower."
    There are lots of other things caregivers can do to make their jobs easier and help the person with Alzheimer's or other dementias have a higher quality of life. This is also true for people in nursing homes.
    Learning about dementia care is a never ending process. People who have been caregivers are continually learning from the those they care for. I'd be happy to respond to comments or questions."

    Massachusetts Estate Planning, Asset Protection Blog

    Massachusetts Estate Planning, Asset Protection Blog: Elder Law Perspective on Taking Early Social Security Payments
     by Wellesley Estate Planning Attorney, Dennis B. Sullivan, Esq., CPA, LLM on Tue, Jun 12, 2012

    Planning for Care Costs | Caregiver Center | Alzheimer's Association

    Attribution, Material from:

    Planning for Care Costs | Caregiver Center | Alzheimer's Association   http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-common-costs.asp

    In order to plan for financial needs during the course of Alzheimer's disease, you'll need to consider all the costs you might face now and in the future. Since Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, the type and level of care needed will change over time.
    Common care costs include:
    • Ongoing medical treatment for Alzheimer's-related symptoms, diagnosis and follow-up visits
    • Treatment or medical equipment for other medical conditions
    • Safety-related expenses, such as home safety modifications or safety services for a person who wanders
    • Prescription drugs
    • Personal care supplies
    • Adult day care services
    • In-home care services
    • Full-time residential care services
    TIP: Care costs will vary depending upon where you live. Have a family meeting to discuss how much future care might cost and to make financial plans. Consider using professional legal and financial advisors for guidance.

    Financial documents you'll need

    Gather and organize financial documents in one place. Then, carefully review all documents, even if you're already familiar with them.
    Financial documents include:
    • Bank and brokerage account information
    • Deeds, mortgage papers or ownership statements
    • Insurance policies
    • Monthly or outstanding bills
    • Pension and other retirement benefit summaries (including VA benefits, if applicable)
    • Rental income paperwork
    • Social Security payment information
    • Stock and bond certificates
    At this point, it may also be helpful to identify which necessary documents are not in place. Professional financial and legal advisers can assist you with this task. You'll also need to learn about the legal documents needed to plan for long-term care.

    Financial needs and goals

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    Learn how to put legal and financial plans in place, and how to access resources near you.
    Sign up

    Bring family together to talk about putting financial and care plans in place. Discussing financial needs and goals early on enables the person with dementia to still understand the issues and to talk about his or her wishes. If others are available to help, encourage the sharing of caregiving duties. And discuss how finances might be pooled to provide necessary care.
    In addition to planning for the cost of care, there are many ongoing financial duties to discuss, including:
    • Paying bills
    • Arranging for benefit claims
    • Making investment decisions
    • Preparing tax returns

    Get professional assistance

    Financial advisors, such as financial planners and estate planning attorneys, are valuable sources of information and assistance. They can help you:
    • Identify potential financial resources
    • Identify tax deductions
    • Avoid bad investment decisions that could deplete your finances
    When selecting a financial advisor, check qualifications such as:
    • Professional credentials
    • Work experience
    • Educational background
    • Membership in professional associations
    • Areas of specialty
    Make sure to ask the financial advisor if he or she is familiar with elder care or long-term care planning.

    Read more: http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-common-costs.asp#ixzz1xOn9aNsw

    Care Team Calendar | Caregiver Center | Alzheimer's Association

    Care Team Calendar | Caregiver Center | Alzheimer's Association: The Alzheimer's Association Care Team Calendar, powered by Lotsa Helping Hands, is a free, personalized online tool to organize family and friends who want to help with caregiving. This service makes it easy to share activities and information with your community. Here's how:

    Helpers can sign up for specific tasks, such as preparing meals, providing rides or running errands. You can post items for which assistance is needed.

    From your Care Team Calendar, friends and family can access AlzConnected message boards, post announcements and photos, and share information.

    Alzheimer's Association New Caregiver Center

    Alzheimer's Association: New Caregiver Center

    Caregivers need resources, information and support. Find all three in our new Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Center.

    Medicare - A Primer from http://www.ourparents.com/

    Medicare - A Primer

    Medicare is a health insurance program designed primarily for people over the age of 65 or people that are younger the age of 65 but suffer from major disabilities. Medicare is federally issued health insurance that was created in the 1960’s to assure that older American’s had health insurance and resulted in a up-swing in the amount of health care facilities and practices across the country.

    National Institute on Aging | The Leader in Aging Research

    National Institute on Aging | The Leader in Aging Research: HHS is seeking comments on the draft National Plan to fully engage the Alzheimer’s disease community, the public, states, local governments, community based service organizations, the private sector and others in its development. Public comment will be accepted through March 30, 2012 and should be e-mailed to napa@hhs.gov. Creating and maintaining an integrated national plan to overcome Alzheimer’s disease is part of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 4, 2011. The draft plan has five goals: Prevent and Effectively Treat Alzheimer’s Disease by 2025. Optimize Care Quality and Efficiency. Expand Supports for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Their Families Enhance Public Awareness and Engagement. Track Progress and Drive Improvement. These five goals, the supporting strategies and action steps proposed in the plan reflects input from the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services (http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/#Council) and almost 100 public comments received on an initial framework for the draft.

    Alzheimer's Paid Caregivers Peer to Peer Connector | LinkedIn

    Alzheimer's Paid Caregivers Peer to Peer Connector | LinkedIn: Members are encouraged to invite people to this group to help it grow faster. Subgroups Auto-Join: Any member of the main group may join subgroups without requiring approval from a manager. ........

    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4275556&trk=group_mgt_name Certified Home Health Aides (C.H.H.A.’s) Alzheimer's Specialists
    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4275546&trk=group_mgt_name Certified Nursing Aides (C.N.A.’s)
    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4275548&trk=group_mgt_name Certified Nursing Aides (C.N.A.’s) Alzheimer's Specialists
    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4275564&trk=group_mgt_name In-Home Social Workers Alzheimer's Support
    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4275539&trk=group_mgt_name Non-Medical Carers & Caregivers a subgroup of Alzheimer's Paid Caregivers Peer to Peer Connect