Older Adults & Dementia – A selection of articles

A selection of articles from a vaierty of sources: Being sociable can help keep your brain healthy, study finds — Alzheimers.org.uk — Being sociable by taking part in community based group activity can help keep your brain healthy in later life, research by the University of Southampton has found.Being members of a political party, environmental group, neighbourhood watch, a … [Read More] Older Adults & Dementia – A selection of articles

Developing a Dementia-friendly Christchurch: Perspectives of people with dementia – Australasian Journal on Ageing

ABSTRACT Aim: Christchurch, New Zealand has a unique opportunity to potentially rebuild as a dementia-friendly city in the wake of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The present study gathered insights from people with dementia about what would make it possible for them to live better in Christchurch. Method: Twenty-six older people living with dementia were … [Read More] Developing a Dementia-friendly Christchurch: Perspectives of people with dementia – Australasian Journal on Ageing

The Legal System and Alzheimer’s Disease: Social workers and lawyers’ perceptions and experiences – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

ABSTRACT The expected increase in the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) worldwide will be accompanied by an increase in the number of cases involving persons with AD brought up to the courts. This study examined the perceptions and experiences of social workers and lawyers regarding these cases. Three focus groups including social … [Read More] The Legal System and Alzheimer’s Disease: Social workers and lawyers’ perceptions and experiences – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Can We Help Care Providers Communicate More Effectively With Persons Having Dementia Living in Long-Term Care Homes? – American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias

ABSTRACT Background: Effective communication between residents with dementia and care providers in long-term care homes (LTCHs) is essential to resident-centered care. Purpose: To determine the effects of a communication intervention on residents’ quality of life (QOL) and care, as well as care providers’ perceived knowledge, mood, and burden. Method: The intervention included (1) individualized communication … [Read More] Can We Help Care Providers Communicate More Effectively With Persons Having Dementia Living in Long-Term Care Homes? – American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias

Internet of things set to change the face of dementia care – The Guardian

From digital assistants to ‘smart’ medicine bottles, a new wave of connected devices could help people live independently for longer Extract from an article by Nicola Davis Smart bottles that dispense the correct dose of medication at the correct time, digital assistants, and chairs that know how long you’ve sat in them are among the … [Read More] Internet of things set to change the face of dementia care – The Guardian

New issue: The Caring Times (UK)

Down on the ostrich farm / By guest blogger CATHY BUTTERWORTH, Independent Nurse Consultant I wish I could have been where Philip Hammond has been for the last few months – somewhere quiet and peaceful, away from the world, a desert island perhaps with lots of sand. He must have been so isolated, with no access to … [Read More] New issue: The Caring Times (UK)

New issue: The Gerontologist – Oxford Journals

In This Issue: Ageism & Stereotypes Dementia Euthanasia Volume 56 Issue 6 December 2016 A selection of articles with abstracts The Language of Ageism: Why We Need to Use Words Carefully / Tracey L. Gendron, E. Ayn Welleford, Jennifer Inker, and John T. White Dementia Caregivers Use of Services for Themselves / Jennifer Martindale-Adams, Linda O. Nichols, Jeffrey Zuber, Robert Burns, and Marshall J. Graney Comparison of the Rowe-Kahn … [Read More] New issue: The Gerontologist – Oxford Journals

Education resource supports families to make sense of dementia diagnosis – Australian Ageing Agenda

Extract A new DVD has been launched to help increase carers’ understanding of dementia and the impact on the brain. The resource, which community care service providers can share with clients and carers, discusses dementia and how it progresses, some of its most common forms, how the brain works and how dementia changes the brain. … [Read More] Education resource supports families to make sense of dementia diagnosis – Australian Ageing Agenda

US Dementia Rates Drop 24% – CNN

Extract A new study finds that the prevalence of dementia has fallen sharply in recent years, most likely as a result of Americans’ rising educational levels and better heart health, which are both closely related to brain health. Dementia rates in people over age 65 fell from 11.6 percent in 2000 to 8.8 percent in … [Read More] US Dementia Rates Drop 24% – CNN

Hanging on to Some Autonomy in Decision-making: How do spouse carers support this? – Dementia

ABSTRACT In Australia, the majority of people with dementia live in the community with informal care provided by family, commonly a spouse. A diagnosis of dementia is a threat to one’s personhood and is often accompanied by perceptions of future dependency, which will involve the inability to carry out conventional roles and complete everyday tasks … [Read More] Hanging on to Some Autonomy in Decision-making: How do spouse carers support this? – Dementia

The Experiences of Family Caregivers of People with Advanced Dementia Living in Nursing Homes, with a Specific Focus on Spouses: A narrative literature review – Dementia

ABSTRACT Dementia affects individuals, families and their relationships. While there is increasing evidence about the experiences of family caregivers of people with dementia, relatively little is known of their experiences when their relatives are living in nursing homes with dementia. This narrative literature review aimed to synthesise current knowledge about family caregivers’ experience of having … [Read More] The Experiences of Family Caregivers of People with Advanced Dementia Living in Nursing Homes, with a Specific Focus on Spouses: A narrative literature review – Dementia

The Cognitive Daisy – A novel method for recognising the cognitive status of older adults in residential care: Innovative practice – Dementia

ABSTRACT The Cognitive Daisy is an innovative assessment system created to provide healthcare staff with an instant snapshot of the cognitive status of older adults in residential care. The Cognitive Daisy comprises a flower head consisting of 15 colour coded petals depicting information about: visual-spatial perception, comprehension, communication, memory and attention. This study confirmed the … [Read More] The Cognitive Daisy – A novel method for recognising the cognitive status of older adults in residential care: Innovative practice – Dementia

Assistive Technologies at Home for People with a Memory Disorder – Dementia

ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to assess in practice whether assistive technologies support and facilitate the work of a family caregiver or care staff, and whether these technologies support the independence of a person with a memory disorder. A comprehensive set of supportive devices and alarm systems were experimentally tested in the care … [Read More] Assistive Technologies at Home for People with a Memory Disorder – Dementia

Brotherhood in the News: Towards Improved Care for People with Dementia – Research and Policy Centre

Aged and dementia care services are required to conform to multiple regulatory frameworks. Mapping these reveals regulatory clusters. The Brotherhood of St Laurence is involved in two research projects designed to support improved care for older people with dementia and their carers. These two projects are funded through the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and … [Read More] Brotherhood in the News: Towards Improved Care for People with Dementia – Research and Policy Centre

Brotherhood in the News: Regulation in Aged Care ‘Should Leave Room for Innovation’ – Australian Ageing Agenda

As our study into the role and effects of regulation in aged and dementia care enters its final stages, some interesting findings are emerging, write Ashley Carr* and Professor Simon Biggs**. Amid concerns that the regulation of care stifles creativity and innovation or that recipients of aged care require greater levels of protection, a more in-depth … [Read More] Brotherhood in the News: Regulation in Aged Care ‘Should Leave Room for Innovation’ – Australian Ageing Agenda

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