March 21, 2014: Conversations with Carmen
Guest: Dan Cohen, MSW, Founder and Executive Director of Music & Memory
Rooted in neuroscience research, the results are described as “nothing short of miraculous” and certainly contribute to efforts to reduce anti-psychotics. To learn more and register for this web-based talk show, please visit www.actionpact.com/calendar/event_details/conversations_with_carmen_webinar or click here to register.
Dementia: Early Detection and Intervention
March 22, 2014: The Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine, in partnership with the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter, are proud to present Dementia: Early Detection and Intervention.
This activity is funded by a grant from HRSA and is open to all attendees at no charge. The grant also covers the CME fees for physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, and PT/OT. Location: Margaret McCormick Doisy Learning Resources Center, 3545 Vista Ave., St. Louis, Mo.
Visit aging.slu.edu or click on the links below:
Understanding Dementia: Quality Care Basics
Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter Professional Education Classes
March 27, 2014: Rolla, Mo. Understanding Dementia: Quality Care Basics, 3-27-2014
For more information, please visit www.alz.org/stl, or call 800-272-3900.
Know Me Through My Eyes: Enriching End of Life Dementia Care
April 4, 2014: This daylong seminar, based on Dr. Tom Kitwood’s “Six Needs of People with Dementia” is designed for professional caregivers in both hospice and long-term care. Please view the brochure here: Know Me Through My Eyes End of Life Dementia Care April 4, 2014.
Learn To Use Basic Dementia Care Mapping
April 7 – 10, 2014: Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) is a method to evaluate the delivery of person-centered care and, in general, to improve the quality of care delivered to persons with dementia in formal care settings. DCM provides valuable, clear, and reliable information for those concerned with quality care for people with dementia. Please view the flyer here: DCM April 2014. You may visit Jentle Harts at http://netkraft.com/jh2012/?page_id=25.
Learn more about DCM in the article “Dementia Care Mapping: A Tool and Process for Quality!” featured in New Generations – Volume 11, Issue 4, Autumn 2013, available at http://health.mo.gov/seniors/nursinghomes/providerinfo.php.
Changing Antipsychotic Thinking (CAT) Tip #6
“Help, help, help, help, help.” The repetition of a word or question is likely a cry for comfort and security. Learn ways to make a connection with those who have dementia. View Tip #6 here: CAT Tip #6, or visit http://primaris.org/tool/changing-antipsychotic-thinking-cat-calls.
Antipsychotic Drug use in Nursing Homes: Trend Update
CMS is tracking the progress of the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes by reviewing publicly reported MDS quality measures. The official measure of the Partnership is the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding those residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington’s Disease or Tourette’s Syndrome.
Since the Partnership began in 2012, this data indicates Missouri’s percentage rates have dropped every quarter, with an overall decrease of 9.17 percent. This is encouraging and shows that Missouri is making improvements towards decreasing the use of antipsychotic medications for residents with dementia when their use is not indicated or appropriate. Please view the trend update here: CMS Trend Update – Antipsychotic Drug Use in Nursing Homes.
Groups unite to cross lines between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Source: Alzheimer’s News 2/5/2014 – The Alzheimer’s Association, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation are uniting to encourage further study into the similarities and differences between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common brain diseases. Read the news release here: www.alz.org/news_and_events_groups_unite.asp.
Alzheimer’s Association® 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
The 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. The film was previewed at the 2012 Pioneer Network Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. The film is not in theaters or available on DVD at this time, as the filmmakers want to take it on the film festival circuit later this year. View trailer clips from the film:
More clips are available on the Music & Memory website at: http://www.musicandmemory.org/index.html.