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Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Knows No Borders Video | Alzheimer's Speaks Blog

Alzheimer’s Speaks provides a variety of platforms and forums to educate and shift our dementia care culture for professional, family caregivers and the public at large. Alzheimer’s Speaks believes collaborative and alternative approaches push society forward in search for answers and that working together and sharing knowledge is the best way to win the battle against this disease. Alzheimer’s Speaks believes it is time to shift caregiving from crisis to comfort by removing the fear and providing economical services, tools, concepts and products to those in need. For more information please visit and learn about how you and your organization can become Dementia Friendly.

Patient Self-Determination Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Patient Self-Determination Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The requirements of the PSDA are as follows:
  • Patients are given written notice upon admission to the health care facility of their decision-making rights, and policies regarding advance health care directives in their state and in the institution to which they have been admitted. Patient rights include:
  1. The right to facilitate their own health care decisions
  2. The right to accept or refuse medical treatment
  3. The right to make an advance health care directive
  • Facilities must inquire as to the whether the patient already has an advance health care directive, and make note of this in their medical records.
  • Facilities must provide education to their staff and affiliates about advance health care directives.
  • Health care providers are not allowed to discriminately admit or treat patients based on whether or not they have an advance health care directive.

[edit] Purpose

The purpose of the Patient Self-Determination Act was to inform patients of their rights regarding decisions toward their own medical care, and ensure that these rights are communicated by the health care provider. Specifically, the rights ensured are those of the patient to dictate their future care (by means such as living will or power of attorney), should they become incapacitated.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Health Care Advance Directives - What is the Patient Self-Determination Act?. American Bar Association.
  2. ^ What is the Patient Self-Determination Act?. Legal HelpMate.
  3. ^ Advance Care Planning in Health Care Reform Legislation. National Hospice and Paliative Care Organization.
  4. ^ Robert Pear (December 25, 2010). "Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Robert Pear (January 4, 2011). "U.S. Alters Rule on Paying for End-of-Life Planning". The New York Times.

[edit] Further reading

  • Yates JL, Glick HR (1997). "The failed Patient Self-Determination Act and policy alternatives for the right to die". J Aging Soc Policy 9 (4): 29–50. PMID 10186890.
  • Leahman D (2004). "Why the Patient Self-Determination Act has failed". N C Med J 65 (4): 249–51. PMID 15481498.

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Avoiding the Urinary Tract Infection | Alzheimer's Reading Room By Carole B. Larkin

Avoiding the Urinary Tract Infection | Alzheimer's Reading Room: Here are a few tips/tricks that may help you avoid the dreaded UTI -- Urinary Tract Infection.

By Carole B. Larkin
Alzheimer's Reading Room

First, I am not a doctor, nor am I a nurse. I am an experienced Geriatric Care Manager and a woman. Over the years, I had more conversations with urologists and their nurses about urinary tract infections (UTIs) than I care to remember.

The biggest cause of UTI’s is dehydration! It’s ironic, because the thought process of many older adults is,

“if I don’t drink much, then I won’t have to go to the bathroom very often, which is better because it’s a pain in the butt (sorry again!) to get up, get over to the bathroom, partially disrobe, and then go to the bathroom and then do it all in reverse, before I get to relax in my chair or bed again.”
So they don’t drink fluids, which of course leads to dehydration, the leading cause of UTI’s and incontinence (at least in early and midstage Alzheimer’s.) So to prevent UTI’s you must be persistent in having mom drink fluids. Water is best, but among one of the hardest things to get some people to drink, so flavor it with Kool-Aid or something similar. I can’t tell you how many times my clients have ended up with UTI’s just because no one insisted that they drink!

A Family Caregiver’s Elevator Speech

A Family Caregiver’s Elevator Speech: “I am Elizabeth Chomsky’s daughter. She is a person living with dementia, but loved to paint, ice skate and still can have a wicked sense of humor. I want to be informed of any change in her condition, medications or situation since I am her primary caregiver, loving daughter and fearless caregiver.” (Or something like that.)
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Specialized Care Co, Inc. markets products that facilitate the delivery of oral health services. Our products assist dental professionals, nurses and at-home helpers as they provide care for individuals who need dental care, but who are unable to cooperate for safe and effective dental treatment. You may call us toll-free at 800/722-7375 (U.S. and Canada) if you'd like further assistance. For our international visitors, our phone number in the U.S. is 603/926-0071 and our fax number is 603/926-5905.

Stressed Anyone?

Stressed Anyone?
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Stressed Anyone?

Beat stress with our simple S.T.R.E.S.S. management Tips Stressed-Anyone A flat tyre when you are already running 20 minutes late for office – stress; not able to meet deadlines – more stress; pile-on friends coming over on weekdays – stress + grump…. there couldn’t be enough reasons to avoid this unwanted condition of getting stressed every now and then. To be honest, no one can control the “causes” of stress but yes, can learn to deal with the metal exhaustion it creates.
Try to follow the simple things, make certain lifestyle changes, and be a happy person all along!!

S.T.R.E.S.S. Management Tips

S – Sleep: In today’s time, getting enough sleep is not an easy and simple thing to find. A peaceful eight hours sleep is something a lot of people crave for and can be a cause of impending stress. Caffeine, alcohol, heavy and greasy food causes indigestion and interfere with sound sleep. Setting a routine bed time, a glass of warm milk, no television in bedroom, and washing your feet just before getting in the bed will definitely aid in a blissful slumber.
T – Time Management: A planned and organised day well in advance saves a lot of stress. Maintain an organiser to avoid forgetting important things and stuff to do. Priorities your daily chores, do first things first. Keep time slots for the day’s work and stick to it.
R – Rest and relax: Incorporate some relaxation ideas into your day. Watching your favourite TV show or reading a book, even listening to music helps in a big way. Take up a hobby or just sit by the window chatting with friends. Anything that you like doing will do the trick and ease off the mental pressure.
E – Exercise: Nothing can beat exercising in relieving stress. A good work out session post office hours will take away all the gloom and stress by surging the adrenaline rush which will make you feel good and happy. And with all that working out, the compliments that you receive will add to your de-stressing.
S – Smile more: Smiling always makes things easier in life and comes for free too!! When you smile often, you see more faces around you smiling back in response. That definitely feels great and you feel little less stressed.
S – Simplify life: Make life simple. Don’t complicate it by trying to do everything all by yourself.

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Chris Cooper and Company - Managing the Cost of Terminal Illness, Part 3: Consider Palliative Care

Chris Cooper and Company - Managing the Cost of Terminal Illness, Part 3: Consider Palliative Care:

What Is Palliative Care? Written by Chris Cooper, CFP® | 18 March 2013

Palliative care is an approach to medical treatment that involves taking steps to relieve pain and improve quality of life for people with serious illnesses (such as AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease). Unlike hospice care, which is specifically for people who are close to death, palliative care is for anyone with a serious illness. And it doesn't take the place of more traditional treatments—it simply offers additional services (such as help with pain, insomnia, nausea or other symptoms) in coordination with traditional care. Typically, it involves a team approach, with doctors, nurses, social workers/counselors, and perhaps even clergy members and nutritionists working together to help the patient. Palliative care considers a patient's physical health along with their emotional and spiritual needs.

While the term palliative care is relatively new, this approach to treatment has actually been around for decades and is offered by many hospitals. And there's evidence that patients who receive this type of care enjoy better quality of life. One study found that people who had advanced lung cancer and received palliative care lived longer and required less chemotherapy and hospitalization.

How To Use the Alzheimer's Reading Room Knowledge Base | Alzheimer's Reading Room

How To Use the Alzheimer's Reading Room Knowledge Base | Alzheimer's Reading Room: How To Use the Alzheimer's Reading Room Knowledge Base

The Alzheimer's Reading Room Knowledge Base contains more than 4,000 articles. In the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR), we offer "real life" solutions to problems that Alzheimer's caregivers and their families encounter each day.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

How To Use the Alzheimer's Reading Room Knowledge Base
The goal of the Alzheimer's Reading Room is to Educate, Empower, and sometimes Entertain Alzheimer's caregivers, their families, and the entire Alzheimer's community.

At its core the Alzheimer's Reading Room is about helping members of the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community understand, cope, and communicate with persons living with Alzheimer's and Dementia.

The Alzheimer's Reading Room is currently the number one source of information for Alzheimer's, dementia, memory loss, and related health and life news on the Internet.

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From Grief Comes A Mission To Make Estate Planning Less Daunting : NPR

From Grief Comes A Mission To Make Estate Planning Less Daunting : NPR:

Estate planning may seem like a pain, but imagine the mess you leave to those managing your affairs if you don't draw up a will or get life insurance.

"It takes really just a few hours now, rather than a pile of hours and thousands of dollars to do it later when you really need it done," says Chanel Reynolds, who created a website geared to help people get their affairs in order.

Her site — which is a NSFW riff on "get your stuff together" — features a checklist and templates for some key documents, including a will, living will and power of attorney. It also suggests compiling online account usernames and passwords and putting these key documents in a safe or scanning and uploading them to a password-protected site.

Reynolds also suggests setting aside emotional items like photos of yourself, "so that when you're gone people can touch them and hold them and feel them and remember you as well."

For wills, Reynolds notes that lawyers can help, but there are also affordable online software options. "I didn't realize that creating a will, you don't need a lawyer to do it for you," she says. "In most states you need two witnesses and/or someone to notarize it. And it can save your family weeks and weeks and hundreds of hours of pain and confusion and legal costs that you probably can't afford."

ADvancing Care Newsletter | alz.org/nyc

ADvancing Care Newsletter | alz.org/nyc:

 Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter
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Culture change towards person-centred care in Canada

Culture change towards person-centred care: Culture change towards person-centred care in Canada

Person-centred care of people with dementia living in care homes: Executive summary

The Alzheimer Society believes that people with dementia have the right to enjoy the highest possible quality of life and quality of care. The Society believes that each person with dementia is an individual, regardless of the stage of the disease, and that care should be individually tailored to their unique needs, interests, habits and desires.

To achieve this goal, the Alzheimer Society of Canada looked for evidence-based research that shows how to successfully implement person-centred programs and practices in long-term care homes. The result of this research is the Guidelines for care: Person-centred care of people with dementia living in care homes framework, which includes the input of peop

Guidelines for care

The Guidelines for care framework consists of the following sections:
  • What does a person-centred philosophy mean?
Our most important objective is to ensure that a person-centred philosophy of care is well understood and put into practice in care homes to improve the quality of care and quality of life for people with dementia. Dignified care must become part of the inherent culture of every long-term care home.
  • What does person-centred care look like in a care home?
Person-centred care is a philosophy that recognizes that individuals have unique values, personal history and personality and that each person has an equal right to dignity, respect, and to participate fully in his environment. Person-centred care should be incorporated into all aspects of care, regardless of the resident’s condition or stage of the disease. A person-centred care home values partnerships among care home staff, people with dementia, and family members that will lead to the best outcomes and enhance the quality of life and quality of care of people with the disease. Services and supports are designed and delivered in a way that is integrated, collaborative, and mutually respectful of all persons involved, including the person with dementia, family members, caregivers and staff.
le with dementia, family caregivers, researchers, educators, long-term care home staff, and various stakeholders.

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