Brain Health & Memory Matters (Alzheimers, Dementia, etc.]

“Demon Dementia” is descending on an increasingly larger portion of our population. As that occurs there are various resources available:

  • to build Brain Health to minimize chances of demon dementia occurence
  • for those families experiencing dementia
  • for friends, religious communities, senior centers and others who seek to help

SPECIFIC ANDERSON TOWNSHIP EFFORTS

  • Brain Health & Memory Matters @ ATSC – webpage HERE with details on the following
    • Brain Health Series @ ATSC – revolving topics, focusing on maintaining brain health using key pillars identified by the GLOBAL COUNCIL ON BRAIN HEALTH
    • Memory Cafe – gathering spaces for individuals experiencing memory loss (and their care partners) to socialize, play games, enjoy music, listen to short talks plus engage in arts and crafts. Details of ATSC steering team preliminary thinking HERE
  • ATSC (Anderson Township Senior Center) efforts overall

LOCAL AREA CARE SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

  • Clermont Senior Services (www.clermontseniors.com) is a good first step. Even if there is a wait list for their services, they likely still have a list of local companion agencies that serve their area. They can provide a list of contracted agencies.
  • The Alzheimer’s Association
    • (www.alz.org) has a resources database or
    • call their helpline @ 800-272-3900
  • Council on Aging has a resources database (www.help4seniors.org)
  • Visiting Angels (513) 613-4736
  • Homecare Assistance (513) 296-8913
  • Queen City Homecare (513) 281-8000
  • Tender Hearts (513) 234-0805
  • Another option is www.care.com if not necessarily connected to an agency

Looking for a one-pager with tips and principles on visiting those with dementia? Check out the page HERE, including details on this song, Demon Dementia & Adaptive Angels…

One of the key aspects of visiting those experiencing dementia is using improvisation. Here’s a video primer…


BRAIN HEALTH HELPS HERE


FROM AARP

  • Getting restorative sleep For more information on building and preserving memory and cognition, visit aarp.org/brainhealth.
  • A healthy lifestyle alone doesn’t resolve the challenges that dementia poses for patients and their families. AARP offers an online resource center (aarp.org/caregiving) for those caring for vulnerable loved ones.
  • In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, AARP created the Community Resource Finder (communityresourcefinder.org), with links to programs, events, medical services and other kinds of assistance for dementia patients and their caregivers.
  • Staying Sharp: AARP’s digital platform (aarp.org/stayingsharp) offers advice and exercises to help keep your brain healthy.

FROM ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION


GOOD BRAIN HEALTH – KEY PILLARS (GLOBAL COUNCIL ON BRAIN HEALTH)

  • MOVEMENT – EXERCISE REGULARLY
    • Doesn’t have to be “fitness”
    • For instance, clap and stamp feet while singing You Are My Sunshine
  • EATING RIGHT
    • 1/2 your plate should be fruits and vegetables
    • keep your
  • NEW ACTIVITIES – CHALLENGING THE BRAIN
    • make new dendrites by adding new/different activities
    • Trivia – page a day
    • Not just more games of the same thing (cribbage, crossword, …)
  • SOCIAL CONNECTION WITH PEOPLE
    • Nice to have Zoom for seeing faces
    • Get back out in public once COVID-19 threat is minimized
  • GETTING RESTORATIVE SLEEP
    • 7-9 hours for your brain
    • gives brain a chance to “clean things up” and regenerate
    • [add meditation to help when getting more sleep is a challenge?]
  • MANAGING STRESS

SPEAKERS/TOPICS – CINCINNATI AREA

RESOURCES

  • What Should be Included in a Medical Workup for Dementia?
    • Technical Article
    • From the conclusion of the article above: “All patients with dementia should undergo thorough history and physical with cognitive testing and neurologic exam. They should be imaged with non-contrast head CT or MRI. They should be screened for depression, hypothyroidism, and vitamin B12 deficiency. Any other workup (such as HIV testing, RPR, lumbar puncture, EEG, or additional imaging procedures) should be guided by clinical context, in many cases with the
      assistance of a neurologist (especially with respect to additional imaging studies and genetic testing for Alzheimer’s disease)”
  • Geriatric Assessment and Evaluation Programs – listing of some Cinci-based programs
  • Vascular dementia – diagnosis and care from Mayo Clinic

WEBSITES

MOVIES / VIDEO


BOOKS


STORIES / ARTICLES

101 Ways to Spend Time with Those Dealing with Alzheimer’s

10 Absolutes of communicating through Alzheimers (never argue, etc…)


SONGS

  • Remembering is a touching song, sung by Ashley Campbell. Ashley is the daughter of singer Glen Campbell who struggled publicly with Alzheimer’s. The line “Daddy don’t you worry, I’ll do the remembering” is mighty touching
  • Consider doing some silly songs with actions when in the company of someone with Alzheimer’s – he/she/they can frequently remember those words and/or do some of the actions. Here’s a song listing from a quick Google Search

LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL SENIOR RESOURCES, INCLUDING MATERIALS FOR CAREGIVERS? CHECK OUT THE WEBPAGE HERE


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