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Dementia / Alzheimer’s

Hearing the Voice of Persons Living with Dementia – Conversations with Carmen

Hearing the Voice of Persons Living with Dementia

April 18, 2014: Conversations with Carmen…  A Monthly Webinar

Guest:  Megan Hannan, MS, Action Pact Consultant, Developer of PersonFirst®, author of Becoming Who They Were.  To learn more and register for this web-based talk show, please visit

The Longest Day®

Join teams across the world by participating in The Longest Day® from sunrise to sunset on June 21, 2014. To learn more, visit  or call 800.272.3900.

Changing Antipsychotic Thinking (CAT) Tip #6

CAT Calls

“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

View more tips at  The Missouri Local Area Network for Excellence (MOLANE) is the state coalition for Advancing Excellence.

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.

2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

The new report is available for download by visiting the Alzheimer’s Association® at

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.  View trailer clips from the film:

More clips are available on the Music & Memory website at:

posted August 22, 2012