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

Key pillars to Brain Health as identified by the GLOBAL COUNCIL ON BRAIN HEALTH**  (videos on each pillar plus key points outline HERE!)


BRAIN HEALTH HELPS BELOW


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


DEMON DEMENTIA

“Demon Dementia” is dramatically increasing** and it’s estimated that 1 in 9 adults aged 65+ are experiencing dementia in the United States as of 2022. Thankfully, there are various resources available to assist:

  • individuals who want to maximize Brain Health to minimize chances of demon dementia occurrence
  • families with those experiencing dementia
  • friends, religious communities, senior centers and others who seek to help

** some facts and figure here:

SPECIFIC SOUTHEAST CINCINNATI EFFORTS

  • Brain Health & Memory Matters @ ATSC (Anderson Township Senior Center) – webpage HERE with details on various efforts, including the following
    • Brain Health Series @ ATSC – monthly revolving topics, focusing on brain health key pillars (see more below**)
    • Memory Cafe – monthly gathering for individuals experiencing dementia (and their care partners) to socialize, stretch, play games, enjoy music, do an activity and more…
  • ATSC efforts overall

LOCAL AREA CARE SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

  • The Alzheimer’s Association has various resources
    • The Caregiver Center at alz.org/care offers reliable information on early-, middle- and late-stage caregiving; respite care; care facilities; potential costs; legal documents; safety and much more.
    • call their helpline @ 800-272-3900
    • Tap into ALZConnected®, the first free online community for everyone affected by Alzheimer’s or another dementia, including people living with the disease, caregivers, family members, friends and individuals who have lost someone to Alzheimer’s.
    • Created in partnership with AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association 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.
  • Council on Aging has a resources database (www.help4seniors.org)

HOME CARE OPTIONS – CINCINNATI (HERE)


VISITING OTHERS?

  • A one-pager with tips and principles on visiting those with dementia is HERE, including details on this song, Demon Dementia & Adaptive Angels (get password from Steve)
  • One of the key aspects of visiting those experiencing dementia is using improvisation. Here’s a video primer…


SPEAKERS/TOPICS – CINCINNATI AREA

RESOURCES

WEBSITES

MOVIES / VIDEO


BOOKS

  • The 36-Hour Day – in early skimming of the book, especially like Chapters 5 (Problems Arising in Daily Care) and 11 (You and the Person Who Has Dementia)
  • Together by former U.S. Surgeon General , Vivek Murthy (loneliness issues)
  • In Love by Amy Bloom – husband with Alz.: “decision to end his life on his own terms…beautiful tribute to their marriage, and a crucial reminder of the relationship between grief and love” ~ Time Magazine commentary “Best of Culture 2022”

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

HUMOR – check out THIS COMIC


RECENT RESEARCH RESULTS

  • Can Walking, Reading, Crafting Curb Dementia Risk? (Neurology publication)

    “Engaging in physical, cognitive, and social activities can all help lower risk for dementia, new research suggests. Results from a large meta-analysis showed cognitive activities, such as reading, participating in handicrafts, and playing games or a musical instrument, appeared to have the greatest effect. It was associated with a 23% reduced risk for dementia. Engaging in physical activities, including walking, dancing, running, swimming, and cycling, was associated with a decreased dementia risk of 17%; social activities, such as visiting with others, attending a social club or a class, and participating in volunteer work, was associated with a decreased risk of 7%. “Our findings suggest that leisure activities are inversely associated” with risk for all-cause dementia (ACD), vascular dementia (VD), and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Lin Lu, PhD, Peking University Sixth Hospital in Beijing, China, and colleagues write.” The findings were published online August 10 in Neurology.

  • Alzheimer’s drug lecanemab hailed as momentous breakthrough – 2022-11-30 (BBC)

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


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