Creating Well-Being for Those Who Live with Dementia: Alternatives to Medication Use-A Webinar Series
Developed by Dr. G. Allen Power and The Eden Alternative, presented in association with Pioneer Network
In spite of growing awareness of the lower benefits and higher risks of antipsychotic drug use in people living with dementia, we cannot successfully reduce these medications until we find more effective approaches to care. This 6-part webinar series will describe how the Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being™ provide a powerful framework for caring for people who live with dementia. Coming up next:
- January 7, 2014: Defining Purpose, Meaning & Growth
- February 4, 2014: Creating Joy by Decoding Distress
The Healthy Brain Initiative: A National Public Health Road Map to Maintaining Cognitive Health
The Alzheimer’s Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthy Aging Program have developed the second in a series of road maps to advance cognitive health as a vital, integral component of public health. Visit www.cdc.gov/aging/healthybrain/roadmap.htm.
Alzheimer’s Association® 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
The new report is available for download by visiting www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp.
Missouri Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force
You may also visit: http://health.mo.gov/seniors/nursinghomes/alzheimersscu.php.
Alive Inside – A Story of Music & Memory
YouTube links below are clips from a forthcoming documentary called “Alive Inside,” about the power of music to restore some neurological function and quality of life to nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s Disease and other conditions.
The film follows Dan Cohen, a social worker who stumbled onto the power of loading iPods with the favorite music of nursing home residents and playing it for them when they were essentially unreachable in any other way. The effect of the music, as you can tell from the clips, often lasts considerably longer than the music itself. Oliver Sacks, the famous neurologist and author, narrates portions of the movie and explains how this is possible. Cohen has since founded a 501(c)3 non-profit called Music & Memory, with a mission to deliver free personalized iPods to nursing home residents across the country. They accomplish this with donations and donated used iPods. View trailer clips from the film:
More clips are available on the Music & Memory website at: http://www.musicandmemory.org/index.html.