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Dementia carers need more medication management support

Photo: Woman asking her mother to take medication [28/07/2014] Family carers of people with dementia may need more support with medication management, according to a recent study. Researchers interviewed family members who care for loved ones with dementia to understand the problems they face. Preliminary themes identified included practical issues, the need for clear communication and that carers found the responsibility a heavy burden.Dementia carers need more medication management support - Read more

Smart software supports outpatient services for people with dementia

Photo: Interview situation with elderly couple [23/07/2014] Living at home as long as possible is a wish expressed by many people with dementia. To enable this, researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) have developed a computer-based procedure that identifies individual demands in dementia care management.Smart software supports outpatient services for people with dementia - Read more

How gardens could help dementia care

Photo: Old man in the garden with his grandchild [16/07/2014] A new study has revealed that gardens in care homes could provide promising therapeutic benefits for patients suffering from dementia. By critically reviewing the findings from 17 different pieces of research, the research has found that outdoor spaces can offer environments that promote relaxation, encourage activity and reduce residents' agitation.How gardens could help dementia care - Read more

New app widens opportunities for dementia assessments

Photo: App being used [09/07/2014] A team of clinicians from Plymouth, UK, and Sydney, Australia, have now launched ACEmobile – a free-to-use app to support the assessment of dementia, worldwide.New app widens opportunities for dementia assessments - Read more

A need for more music therapists in psychiatric health care

Photo: Man and woman making music [02/07/2014] Music can help those without the means to express themselves to communicate. There is a need for more music therapists in psychiatric health care, says researcher Karin Mössler at Uni Research in Bergen, Norway. Music therapy is suitable for all ages, from children born prematurely to elderly people suffering from dementia.A need for more music therapists in psychiatric health care - Read more

Dementia: Long-term care must be improved

Photo: Physician holding an older person's hand [27/06/2014] As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring numbers of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers, a new RAND Corporation study says – and it offers possible ways to do so.Dementia: Long-term care must be improved - Read more

Adult Day-Care Services Boost Beneficial Stress Hormones in Caregivers

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Photo: Husband holds his wife's hand [31/03/2014] Family caregivers show an increase in the beneficial stress hormone DHEA-S on days when they use an adult day care service for their relatives with dementia, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Texas at Austin.Adult Day-Care Services Boost Beneficial Stress Hormones in Caregivers - Read more

Lower IQ in Teen Years Increases Risk of Early-Onset Dementia

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[12/03/2014] Men who at the age of 18 years have poorer cardiovascular fitness and/or a lower IQ more often suffer from dementia before the age of 60. This is shown in a recent study encompassing more than one million Swedish men.Lower IQ in Teen Years Increases Risk of Early-Onset Dementia - Read more

Self-rated Physical Fitness in Midlife an Indicator of Dementia Risk

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[05/03/2014] How would you rate your own physical fitness? Is it good, satisfactory or maybe even poor? Surprisingly, your answer may reveal your future risk of getting dementia.Self-rated Physical Fitness in Midlife an Indicator of Dementia Risk - Read more

Experimental Care Program Keeps People with Dementia at Home Longer

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Photo: Nurse with an elderly woman [14/02/2014] An 18-month pilot program that brought resources and counselors to elderly Baltimore residents with dementia and other memory disorders significantly increased the length of time they lived successfully at home, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. Staying at home was a clear preference for most of those who participated in the study.Experimental Care Program Keeps People with Dementia at Home Longer - Read more

February 2014: Living with Dementia

There is not only one form of dementia. It has various faces. According to its varying degree of severity and to the severity of symptoms, the disease can have impact on the particular people in very different ways. In the Topic of the Month February REHACARE.de provides insight into Living with Dementia.February 2014: Living with Dementia - Read more

Forgetting Dementia while Dancing

As a couple or alone, in the wheelchair or with a wheeled walker or a cane – if the music is right, everybody wants to move to it and dance. The project “We dance again!” takes advantage of this natural impulse and brings people with dementia to a place where their disease does not matter: on the dance floor.Forgetting Dementia while Dancing - Read more

Residing with Dementia: „It Is Important to Always Find an Individually Fitting Solution“

Living in the own four walls is very important for many elderly people. But when the physical and mental condition complicates an independent life, you need good alternatives. During the last years, a lot of concepts for people with dementia emerged. They are supposed to make self-determined living as comfortable as possible.Residing with Dementia: „It Is Important to Always Find an Individually Fitting Solution“ - Read more

Living at Home with Dementia

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Photo: Old man in the bathroom [08/01/2014] Most people with dementia who live at home have multiple unmet health and welfare needs, any number of which could jeopardize their ability to remain home for as long as they desire, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.Living at Home with Dementia - Read more

Making Dementia Friendly Neighbourhoods

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[06/01/2014] A European team of experts led by The University of Manchester will explore, investigate and evaluate the role of the neighbourhood in the everyday lives of people with dementia and their families in a new research project.Making Dementia Friendly Neighbourhoods - Read more

Mainz University Medical Center Opens Dementia Service Center

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Photo: Opening of Dementia Service Center [04/11/2013] To attend the special needs of dementia patients, their families as well as of the University Medicine care system, the Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) offers a special and nationwide unique range of services.Mainz University Medical Center Opens Dementia Service Center - Read more

Creative App for Dementia Care Workers

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Photo: Screenshot of the app [07/10/2013] As the population ages through better nutrition and healthcare, we can expect absolute numbers of people with dementia to continue to rise. Konstantinos Zachos of City University London and colleagues there and at the Registered Nursing Home Association in Birmingham and London company MediaTel Ltd have developed a software application, an "app", for use by staff in residential care homes.Creative App for Dementia Care Workers - Read more

You Are Never too Old for Sports

Being healthy! That’s what many elderly people wish. They also know that sport and exercise have a great influence on the physical well-being. What’s left is the decision, which form of sport is the right one for you.You Are Never too Old for Sports - Read more

Improving the Care of People with Dementia in General Hospitals

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[23/09/2013] Academics and healthcare professionals from across Greater Manchester as well as people with a diagnosis of dementia and family carers have teamed up to devise a new training programme for general hospital staff.Improving the Care of People with Dementia in General Hospitals - Read more

Risk Score Predicts 10-Year Dementia Risk for Type 2 Diabetes Patients

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Photo: Measuring blood sugar [23/08/2013] Researchers at Kaiser Permanente and the University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands have created the first risk score that predicts the 10-year individualized dementia risk for patients with type 2 diabetes.Risk Score Predicts 10-Year Dementia Risk for Type 2 Diabetes Patients - Read more

Dementia: Caregivers May Benefit from Tailored Interventions

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Photo: Woman caring for her mother [22/07/2013] Researchers have found that multiple factors contribute to the burden felt by caregivers of people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. These factors include the direct impact of providing care upon the caregivers' lives, guilt, and frustration or embarrassment.Dementia: Caregivers May Benefit from Tailored Interventions - Read more

Dementia: Storytelling Program Helps Change Medical Students' Perspectives

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Photo: Elderly people [15/07/2013] Researchers say that storytelling may be one way to improve medical students' perceptions of people affected by dementia. Participation in a creative storytelling program called TimeSlips creates a substantial improvement in student attitudes. Dementia: Storytelling Program Helps Change Medical Students' Perspectives - Read more

Toolkit to Help People with Dementia Goes Online

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Photo: Old man listening to a woman [12/07/2013] DemTalk, an award-winning toolkit designed by Newcastle University experts to help those coping with dementia, has gone online.Toolkit to Help People with Dementia Goes Online - Read more

Robo-Pets May Contribute to Quality of Life for Those With Dementia

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Photo: Glenda Cook with PARO seal - 1 [26/06/2013] Robotic animals can help to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, according to new research. A study has found that interacting with a therapeutic robot companion made people with mid- to late-stage dementia less anxious and also had a positive influence on their quality of life.Robo-Pets May Contribute to Quality of Life for Those With Dementia - Read more

Dementia: Adult Day Services Provide Stress Relief to Family Caregivers

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Photo: Elderly woman with younger woman [27/05/2013] Family caregivers of older adults with dementia are less stressed and their moods are improved on days when dementia patients receive adult day services (ADS), according to Penn State researchers. Dementia: Adult Day Services Provide Stress Relief to Family Caregivers - Read more

Dementia Care Costs among Highest of all Diseases

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Photo: Dementia patient and nurse [08/04/2013] The costs of caring for people with dementia in the U.S. are comparable to – if not greater than – those for heart disease and cancer, according to new estimates by researchers at the University of Michigan Health System and nonprofit RAND Corporation.Dementia Care Costs among Highest of all Diseases - Read more

Tackling Issues of Sexuality among People with Dementia

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[25/03/2013] Managing the delicate issue of sexual expression amongst people with dementia is the focus of a new education resource produced by Griffith University researcher Cindy Jones.Tackling Issues of Sexuality among People with Dementia - Read more

Dementia: Eating Habits Improve Physical and Mental Health

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Photo: Elderly man eating [08/03/2013] A new analysis has found that a combination of methods that help patients with dementia remember proper eating habits can improve their physical health and lessen symptoms of depression. The study indicates that clinicians should consider using this intervention in individuals with dementia who also have poor nutrition and signs of depression.Dementia: Eating Habits Improve Physical and Mental Health - Read more

Dementia Sufferers Benefit from GPS

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Photo: Man on a park bench [25/02/2013] Localisation technology helps achieve an increased sense of security, freedom and quality of life for dementia patients...Dementia Sufferers Benefit from GPS - Read more

Dementia: “The Actual Care Dependency Has systematically Been Underreported until now”

Every human has individual needs. This has not been fully realized in the German Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI): patients with the onset of dementia do not receive the care they really need. Often relatives care from them at home. They are not supported by the LTCI, even though private home care saves the insurance a lot of money.Dementia: “The Actual Care Dependency Has systematically Been Underreported until now” - Read more

Palliative Care Experts Call for Better Home Care

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Photo: Old woman with nurse; linked to [12/11/2012] Improved home care resources for people, who would prefer to die at home, are key to providing better end of life care and reducing the strain of the United Kingdom's ageing population on the National Health Service (NHS). Palliative Care Experts Call for Better Home Care - Read more

Chewing Ability Linked to Reduced Dementia Risk

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[17/10/2012] Can you bite into an apple? If so, you are more likely to maintain mental abilities, according to new research from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Chewing Ability Linked to Reduced Dementia Risk - Read more

Home-based Assessment Tool for Dementia Screening

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[12/10/2012] With baby boomers approaching the age of 65 and new cases of Alzheimer's disease expected to increase by 50 percent by the year 2030, Georgia Tech researchers have created a tool that allows adults to screen themselves for early signs of dementia.Home-based Assessment Tool for Dementia Screening - Read more

World Alzheimer’s Day

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[19/09/2012] Dementia diseases affect more and more people - there are currently about 35 million patients worldwide. By 2050 the number will rise to an estimated 115 million. In order to raise attention for the situation of Alzheimer's patients, every year on 21 September, the World Alzheimer's Day takes place.World Alzheimer’s Day - Read more

Children in Foster Care Develop Resilience Through Compassion

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[27/07/2012] A new study shows that a therapeutic intervention called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) appears to improve the mental and physical health of adolescents in foster care. CBCT is a tool that provides strategies for people to develop more compassionate attitudes toward themselves and others.Children in Foster Care Develop Resilience Through Compassion - Read more

Helping Alzheimer's Patients Stay Independent

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[20/07/2012] Family members or professional caregivers who do everything for older adults with Alzheimer's disease may just be wanting to help, but one University of Alberta researcher says that creating excess dependency may rob the patients of their independence and self-worth.Helping Alzheimer's Patients Stay Independent - Read more

MRI Technique May Predict Progress of Dementias

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[06/06/2012] A new technique for analysing brain images offers the possibility of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict the rate of progression and physical path of many degenerative brain diseases, report scientists of the University of California, San Francisco.MRI Technique May Predict Progress of Dementias - Read more

“Bufdis“ Are in Short Supply

They are the new people doing community service: So called Bufdis, engaged people of every age and gender who can espouse different social projects in the Federal Voluntary Service. So far, so good. But how is this possibility of social commitment accepted? REHACARE.de got an idea of it on site at a senior citizen's home.“Bufdis“ Are in Short Supply - Read more

Unique Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program

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[23/05/2012] Alzheimer's disease affects an estimated 5.4 million people in the United States, some 480,000 of them in California. Nearly half of all people 85 and older will be stricken with the disease. The overall burden of dementia is still higher, with Alzheimer's accounting for only 60 to 80 per cent of dementia cases.Unique Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program - Read more

Research: Racial Gap in Dementia

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[16/03/2012] In a new study, one researcher will explore why in old age, blacks are much more likely to have dementia than whites.Research: Racial Gap in Dementia - Read more

Hearing Loss Linked to 3-Fold Risk of Falling

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[07/03/2012] Hearing loss has been linked with a variety of medical, social and cognitive ills, including dementia. However, a new study led by a Johns Hopkins researcher suggests that hearing loss may also be a risk factor for another huge public health problem: falls.Hearing Loss Linked to 3-Fold Risk of Falling - Read more

March 2012: Conflicts in Care

Whether forcible encroachments or illegal employment of nursing staff – there are more problems in geriatric care than most people suppose. Many conflicts originate from ignorance, excessive demand or financial difficulties. Our Topic of the Month March shows you how to solve „Conflicts in Care“.March 2012: Conflicts in Care - Read more

Cognitive Problems Common Among Non-Demented Elderly

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[24/02/2012] Both subjective and objective cognitive impairment are highly common among non-demented elderly Swedes, with an overall prevalence of 39 per cent and 25 per cent respectively, according to a nationwide twin study by researchers of Karolinska Institutet.Cognitive Problems Common Among Non-Demented Elderly - Read more

Alzheimer Disease

The editorial team of REHACARE.de presents commented links about the neurodegenerative disease of the brain. Alzheimer Disease - Read more

Eating Fish Reduces Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

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[05/12/2011] People who eat baked or broiled fish on a weekly basis may be improving their brain health and reducing their risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease, according to a study.Eating Fish Reduces Risk of Alzheimer's Disease - Read more

Dementia People with Stroke More Likely to Become Disabled

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[09/11/2011] New research shows that people with dementia who have a stroke are more likely to become disabled and not return home - compared to people who didn't have dementia at the time they had a stroke.Dementia People with Stroke More Likely to Become Disabled - Read more

Small Group Homes for Dementia Patients

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[19/10/2011] Small group homes for people with dementia provide good quality care and a domestic environment where people can live as individuals and families can get involved. Small Group Homes for Dementia Patients - Read more

Living with Dementia and Making Decisions

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[05/10/2011] People with dementia can still make decisions in their everyday lives and with support from partners can continue to do so as their condition advances. This is one of the preliminary findings of a two-year research project into how married couples living with dementia make decisions on a daily basis.Living with Dementia and Making Decisions - Read more

Barriers of dementia

According to the forecast of the "World Alzheimer's Report 2009" in 2010 more than 35 million people were suffering from some form of dementia. An increasing trend - experts estimate that the number of patients will nearly double every 20 years. Scientists and politicians urge that further research on dementia should be conducted, as well as searching for therapies. Barriers of dementia - Read more

World Alzheimer's Day 2011: "Faces of Dementia"

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[21/09/2011] The theme for World Alzheimer's Day 2011 is 'Faces of dementia'. In much different materials and activities Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and Alzheimer associations across the world will focus on the many issues surrounding the 'Faces of dementia'.World Alzheimer's Day 2011: "Faces of Dementia" - Read more

Aerobic Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Dementia

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[12/09/2011] Any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk of dementia and slow the condition's progression once it starts, reported a Mayo Clinic study. Researchers examined the role of aerobic exercise in preserving cognitive abilities and concluded that it should not be overlooked as an important therapy against dementia.Aerobic Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Dementia - Read more

Keeping Up Your Overall Health May Keep Dementia Away

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[05/09/2011] Improving and maintaining health factors not traditionally associated with dementia, such as denture fit, vision and hearing, may lower a person's risk for developing dementia, according to a new study.Keeping Up Your Overall Health May Keep Dementia Away - Read more

Alzheimer's Disease: Vitamin C Dissolves Toxic Protein Aggregates

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[24/08/2011] Researchers at Lund University have discovered a new function for vitamin C. Treatment with vitamin C can dissolve the toxic protein aggregates that build up in the brain in Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's Disease: Vitamin C Dissolves Toxic Protein Aggregates - Read more

Better Communication Needed between Caregivers and their Relatives with Dementia

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[05/08/2011] Caregivers and their relatives who suffer from mild to moderate dementia often have different perceptions regarding the amount and quality of care given and received.Better Communication Needed between Caregivers and their Relatives with Dementia - Read more

Over Half of Alzheimer's Cases May Be Preventable

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[01/08/2011] Over half of all Alzheimer's disease cases could potentially be prevented through lifestyle changes and treatment or prevention of chronic medical conditions, according to a study led by Doctor Deborah Barnes, a mental health researcher at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.Over Half of Alzheimer's Cases May Be Preventable - Read more

Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia

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[27/07/2011] A model study with the title "Selbstwahrnehmung und Intervention" (self-perception and intervention) is being launched at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. A central goal of the study is to discover how the self-determination of people with dementia in the early stages of their illness can be fostered in an individual, precisely tailored, and thus resource-oriented manner. Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia - Read more

Helping Brush up Oral Hygiene in Nursing Homes

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[08/05/2011] People with dementia may soon have improved oral hygiene because of a National Institutes of Health 1.4 million dollars, four-year grant to an assistant professor of nursing, Penn State for a new study.Helping Brush up Oral Hygiene in Nursing Homes - Read more

Storytelling Program Improves Lives of People with Alzheimer's

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[28/02/2011] Researchers have found that participation in TimeSlips, a drug-free, creative storytelling intervention, improves communication skills and positive affect in persons with dementia.Storytelling Program Improves Lives of People with Alzheimer's - Read more

New Mode of Dementia Care Lowers Hospitalization Rates

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[14/02/2011] An innovative model of dementia care significantly reduces emergency department visits and hospitalizations, and encourages use of medications that are not harmful to older brains. The result is improved health for older adults and their family caregivers and lower healthcare costs. New Mode of Dementia Care Lowers Hospitalization Rates - Read more

Hospice Care Increasing for Nursing Home Patients with Dementia

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[09/02/2011] In newly published research analysing data on more than 3.8 million deceased nursing home residents, researchers at Brown University found the proportion of residents with dementia who benefited from Medicare hospice care nearly tripled – and the duration of care more than doubled – between 1999 and 2006.Hospice Care Increasing for Nursing Home Patients with Dementia - Read more

Elderly: New Brief Tool to Screen for Cognitive Impairment

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[05/01/2011] The Sweet 16, a new screening test developed by a team of geriatricians and neurologists at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, could help clinicians more rapidly detect dementia in elderly patients.Elderly: New Brief Tool to Screen for Cognitive Impairment - Read more

 
 

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