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Local ABAM Events in June

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month — an opportunity to join the global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s. When people think about staying fit, they generally think from the neck down. But the health of your brain plays a critical role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling, remembering, working, and playing – even sleeping. There are lifestyle habits that you can adopt to maintain or potentially improve your health as you age. These habits, spanning four categories — physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity, and social engagement — can help keep your body and brain healthy and potentially reduce your risk of cognitive decline.

Watch: The How To’s on Pain Management

Dr. Elizabeth Landsverk has over twenty years of experience in providing medical care to the elderly. She is board-certified in Internal medicine, Geriatric medicine and Palliative care medicine. Dr. Landsverk is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also currently the Medical Director at Silverado Senior Living in Belmont and has been a Hospice Medical Director. As a geriatrician, she collaborates with local physicians to address the needs of vulnerable elders to alleviate pain, agitation and discomfort through geriatric and palliative care techniques. Dr. Landsverk is a graduate of Stanford University and trained at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard University.

Crowdfunding for Alzheimer’s

As the Alzheimer’s epidemic looms, funding for research to fight the disease remains hard to come by. The lack of research funds has lead some researchers to turn to alternative means to fund their work, including using crowdfunding sites. Learn more about how researchers are using crowdfunding sites and why some researchers caution against it. […]

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Watch: Managing Personal Care for Persons with Dementia

Helping a person with dementia maintain his or her appearance can promote positive self-esteem. As the disease progresses beyond the early stages, choosing and putting on clothes can be frustrating for the person with dementia. They may not remember how to dress or may be overwhelmed with the choices or the task itself. A person with dementia may also forget how to comb hair, clip fingernails or shave. He or she may forget what the purpose is for items like nail clippers or a comb. In this video, Heather Gray, MA, Family Support Coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association provides helpful tips for managing personal care.

Imitating Could Help Those with Dementia Relearn Actions

A recent study evaluated the effects of mimicry on people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and found that imitating may be just as helpful to seniors living with Alzheimer’s as it is for babies and toddlers learning to speak. Learn more about this study and its potential effects on future treatment methods. How Imitating Could Help Those […]

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