Creating a Playlist for Mom: 30 Songs of Yesteryear

Songs of YesteryearSongs of YesteryearCreating a playlist for Mom or Dad is a great way to bring back old memories and show them you care. Music allows older adults to reminisce as they listen to songs of yesteryear. If your parent has cognitive impairment such as dementia, music can be great way to connect with each other. In some cases, elderly who have lost almost all memory have shown to have positive responses to familiar songs, sometimes even singing along. With or without dementia, music can have powerful effects on an individuals mood and overall quality of life.

To get you started, I have compiled a list of popular songs from earlier decades. These 30 songs are those that I have found to be recognized and favored by elderly residents living in assisted living and nursing communities. You can use this list as it is, change it up or make your own depending on your loved ones taste in music. If your loved one is religious, consider adding well known hymnals. Songs that have heard or sang along to many times such as hymns, children’s songs and rhyming tunes are often stored in long-term memory. Have fun with your playlist and let us know what your old favorites are in the comments below!30 Songs of Yesteryear

30 Songs of Yesteryear

  1. What a Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong
  2. Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Judy Garland
  3. Swinging on a Star- Bing Crosby
  4. You are my Sunshine- Willie Nelson
  5. Walking After Midnight- Patsy Cline
  6. Battle Hynm of the Repubic- Various singers
  7. Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’- Gordon MacRae
  8. Moon River- Andy Williams
  9. Blue Skies- Ella Fitzgerald
  10. Que Sera Sera- Dorris Day
  11. Tennessee Waltz- Patsy Cline
  12. Dream Lover- Bobby Darn
  13. The Locomotion- Little Eva
  14. Ain’t she Sweet- Gene Austin or The Beatles
  15. Bicycle Built for Two- Nat King Cole
  16. Heart of my Heart- The gang that Sang
  17. Let me Call you Sweetheart- Bing Crosby
  18. Oh you Beautiful Doll- Nancy Sinatra
  19. Shine on Harvest Moon- Ruth Etting
  20. Look for the Silver Lining- Chet Baker
  21. Five More Minutes- Frank Sinatra
  22. Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue- Dean Martin
  23. Bill Bailey- Ella Fitzgerald
  24. Home on the Range- Roy Rogers
  25. When Irish Eyes are smiling- Bing Crosby
  26. My Bonnie- The Beatles
  27. Que Sera Sera- Dorris Day
  28. Love Letters in the Sand- Pat Boone
  29. Oh Susanna- Johnny Cash
  30. Meet me in St. Louis- Judy Garland

Save a Life: How to Become CPR Certified

Save A Life: How to Become CPR CertifiedSave A Life: How to Become CPR CertifiedBecoming CPR certified can be quick, easy to learn and affordable if you know your options. You never know when someone may need CPR, having the know-how to resuscitate someone in need is a pretty cool feeling. Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States? You might be surprised to learn that only about 15-30% of people who experience cardiac arrest receive CPR from a bystander. When questioned, common responses of why a person chose not to perform CPR on someone else is because they had never been trained, were afraid of infection from mouth to mouth on a stranger or were worried they may harm the person in the process of trying. In 2010, guidelines for performing CPR changed to include hands only training which studies show can be just as effective for many adults needing resuscitation as mouth to mouth. May it be a stranger or your own loved one in desperate need of help, there are several options to equip you with the confidence to step in and save a life!

Online CPR Certification

Becoming certified online is pretty simple and you can learn from the comfort of your own home. The drawback to taking the class online is not having the opportunity so practice with a dummy or have an instructor critique your technique. If this concerns you, you may want to opt for a class that you can attend in person. If you feel comfortable with learning online I recommend becoming certified through the Red Cross or the American Heart Association. If you find another site on your own beware of companies who care more about receiving payment than actually teaching you anything.

In-Person Classes Near You

This option is most favorable in my opinion if you are able to leave your home. Many people including myself learn best from hands on experiences. Attending a class near you gives you the opportunity to interact with others, ask questions freely and feel confident that you are performing the techniques correctly by demonstrating in front of a professional. Search online for CPR classes near you by typing in CPR classes and your zip code. Most likely there will be an organization in your community offering courses such as the YMCA, American Red Cross or Medical/Urgent Care facilities.

Free Online Tutorials

If for any reason you cannot attend a class at the moment, there are free tutorials available online. Keep in mind, this does not replace the need to be certified, but it can help you familiarize yourself with the process. If you do watch videos before attending a class, you can start by viewing the different types of CPR techniques and how they vary.

  • Mouth to mouth CPR
  • Hands only CPR
  • Infant CPR
  • Child CPR
  • Adult CPR
  • Pet CPR

Enroll into a class today so you’ll be ready…just in case. If you’re already certified or have performed CPR on someone, tell us about your experience!

Maintaining Independence As You Age

Independence, what does it mean to you? If you Maintaining Independence

Maintaining Independencewere to ask a child, a teenager, an adult and a senior citizen they will all most likely give you very different answers to what independence looks like through their eyes. It’s quite easy for younger generations to take for granted certain physical and mental independences. We begin life like little sponges absorbing up a world of possibilities around us. As we get older and begin to notice limitations caused by aging, illness or accidents, independence takes on a different meaning. If our sight, hearing, mobility or mental function has been affected, it can be challenging to find alternate ways to stay independent and maintain our lives the way we always have. There are things you can do to help maintain all of the independence you possibly can for as long as you can. The first step is to become familiar with hazards and to know what resources are available for you to help keep you where you want to be.

Take fall prevention measures by safe proofing your home.

  • Rugs are huge trip hazards as the corners turn up or the rug itself gets bunched up. Tack down the corners of every rug or carpet in the home.
  • Railings and grab bars can be very helpful in restrooms, showers, hallways and staircases. Make sure they are installed properly and have the capacity to support full body weight.
  • Pad sharp corners around the home such as table edges and counter tops in case of a fall.
  • Move all kitchen supplies that are not within reach. Avoid using step ladders, stools or struggling to reach reach items from high cabinets. You may need to go through lower cabinets and get rid of appliances that are no longer used or that do not work properly to make room.
  • Adequate lighting in the home can prevent falls caused by poor eye sight or misjudging where something is. Replace bulbs as needed and let natural light shine through by opening window blinds and curtains.
  • Program emergency numbers on your cell phone or have an alert system of some sort such as medical alert pendants to receive help quickly in case of an emergency.

Be aware of scammers who want to steal your financial independence away from you.

Never give out personal information or open your door to solicitors. Financial independence is stolen from seniors every day from phone, internet and door to door scams.

Join a group or start a hobby.

With the power of the internet, it is easier than ever to find groups and hobbies for seniors near you. Participating in a group or having a hobby is a great way to feel independent and happy. If past hobbies are no longer an option, try something new!

Reach out for help if you need it.

No matter what your age, everyone could use a little help at different points in their lives. Some seniors feel that asking for help is sign of weakness and may be too embarrassed to ask or accept assistance, especially from children. Even though asking for help may seem like the opposite of being independent, if you over exhaust yourself or even become injured from trying to do too much that independence will be very short lived. Think of your long term independence and go ahead and reach out to loved ones. In home care is a great option for seniors to stay in the comfort of their own home without having to move into an assisted living or nursing facility.

What is Vascular Dementia?

What is Vascular Dementia?What is Vascular Dementia?Vascular dementia is fairly common, ranking number two after dementia caused by Alzheimer’s Disease. Vascular dementia occurs when the brain is deprived of enough blood carrying the oxygen and nutrients it needs. The lack of blood causes brain damage which affects memory, reasoning, planning, judgment and other thought processes. According to Avi Almozlino, chief of neurology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Alzheimer’s disease largely affects the gray matter (the main bodies of nerve cells), while vascular dementia affects the white matter (the connecting fibers in the brain). Both types of dementias involve memory loss and confusion, however, vascular dementia may include issues with walking and other movements.

Causes and Risk Factors

  • Multi-infarct dementia or single stroke. Not all strokes result in vascular dementia, however, the more strokes you have the more your brain is at risk. Vascular dementia can develop through a single large stroke or series of “silent” strokes. Dementia caused by multiple silent strokes is called Multi-infarct dementia which is thought to be the most common form of vascular dementia. Because these strokes do not provide outward evidence that they have occurred, the patient is usually unaware of the stroke(s) until the damage eventually shows itself through dementia symptoms.
  • Narrowed or chronically damaged blood vessels. Vascular dementia can also develop through conditions such as diabetes, lupus erythematosus, brain hemorrhage, high blood pressure, temporal arteritis, hardening of the arteries and wear and tear associated with aging.

Common Symptoms

-Problems with memory

-Slowed thinking

-Confusion which may worsen at night

-Trouble concentrating

-Unsteady gait

-Leg or arm weakness

-Personality changes

-Laughing or crying at inappropriate times

-Loss of bladder or bowel control

-Difficulty doing things that used to come easily

-Inability to follow instructions

-Unusual mood changes

-Difficulty planning, making decisions and analyzing

-Hallucinations and delusions

-Tremors

-Slurred speech

Symptom Overview

Vascular dementia symptoms vary depending on which part of the brain is restricted from blood flow. In some cases a person can be suffering from two types of dementia such as vascular and that caused by Alzheimer’s Disease. When different types of dementia’s combine, various parts of the brain are affected in different ways causing the patient to show symptoms and progression differently than another patient with dementia. This is why even though there are many commonalities dementia patients share, each case is unique due to the countless possible combinations and various parts of the brain affected.

Generally, dementia caused by Alzheimer’s alone tends to progress gradually while vascular dementias caused by strokes or conditions causing damage to blood vessels have a more noticeable drops in decline. For a visual, picture Alzheimer’s as walking down a slope and vascular dementia as walking down a staircase. All dementias behave differently in each individuals brain and there is no real way to know how a patient will be affected or how quickly they will decline. All we have are studies to go by that show similarities among patients. If you or a loved one suspect you have had a stroke or have any of the conditions mentioned above that can cause damage to blood vessels in the brain, there are steps you can take to help reduce your risks.

Risk Reduction Tips

-If you smoke, stop.

-Know and manage blood pressure.

-Carefully control diabetes keeping glucose levels low per doctors instructions.

-Decrease stressors in your life.

-Check cholesterol frequently.

-Check for abnormal heart rhythm.

-Keep alcohol to a minimum, if you drink do so in moderation.

-Incorporate exercise in your daily routine.

-Eat consciously enjoying healthy options with less fat and salt.

-Make it a point to have more fun, laughing and feeling joy reduces your chances of strokes brought on by stress.

Wheelchair Exercises for Seniors

Wheelchair Exercises for SeniorsWheelchair Exercises for Seniors
Simple Exercises That Get You Moving

Older seniors can benefit both mentally and physically from weekly exercise, especially those who are wheelchair bound. Having limited mobility does not need to stop you from reaching your fitness goals. While many fitness routines for seniors utilize balls, bands and weights there are also simple routines where all you need is…you! Feel free to modify your routine by adding or subtracting various exercises, the important thing is that you are becoming more active. So now it’s time to turn up the tunes and get moving!

Neck Rolls- Warm up your neck muscles by slowly moving your chin down towards your chest then over to your left shoulder and repeat 5 times. Next roll your head to your right shoulder an additional 5 times. Keep pressure off of your spine by only rolling your head sideways and not to the back.

Shoulder Lifts- Slowly lift both shoulders straight up towards your ears and then back down. Repeat 5-10 times.

Arm Stretches- Extend your arms out in front of you and interlace your fingers. Sit up straight and keep arms stretched out in front of you. Keeping your hands clasped together, raise your arms as high as you comfortably can then slowly bring them back down. Repeat 5-10 times.

Side Twist- Slowly twist your body to the right and hold onto the side of your wheelchair with both hands. Make sure to turn your head with your body. Stay in this position for 5-10 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.

Knee Lifts- Hold onto your wheelchair with both hands, one on each side. Slowly lift one knee up as high as you comfortably can and hold for 3 seconds then gently place your foot back on the floor by lowering your knee. Repeat 3-4 times then switch to your opposite knee.

Leg Circles- Raise your foot up and rotate your leg making small circles keeping your foot flexed. Continue circular motion for 10 seconds then repeat with opposite leg.

Front Foot Lifts- Lift your feet up off the ground while keeping your heels planted on the floor. repeat 5-10 times on each foot.

Heel Lifts- Keeping your toes pressed to the floor, lift your heels up off the ground and then back down 5-10 times.

Churn the Butter- Make two fists and place one on top of the other. Keeping this hand position, mime as if you are slowly churning a large bucket of butter clockwise in a circular motion. “Stir” for 5-10 seconds then repeat motion counter-clockwise for an additional 5-10 seconds.

Running Man- Quickly jog your feet barely lifting your feet off the ground. For higher intensity add arm movements as if you are running. Continue your seated jog for 5-10 seconds, take two slow deep breaths then repeat 3-4 times.

Swimmer- Using your arms, imitate the following swimming strokes 5-10 times each. You can also choose your own swimming strokes if you are not familiar with the names.

Backstroke

The Crawl/Freestyle

Breaststroke

Seated Jumping Jacks- Open and close your arms and legs just as you would a traditional jumping jack. You can further modify by this exercise by doing just arms first and then legs. Try 3 sets of 5-10 jumping jacks.

Deep Breaths- Cool down with 5-10 long deep breathes. Breath in through your nose and slowly exhale out through your mouth.

Note: Stretching and exercise should never feel painful, listen to your body and start slow and easy with gradual progression. It’s always a good idea to ask your doctor before starting a physical program to find out if there is anything you should avoid, appropriate level of exertion and recommended frequency.

Caring for Aging Parents: You’re Not Alone

Caring for Aging Parents- You're Not AloneTransitioning an aging parent can be difficult, but know that you are not alone. The number of available options such as in-home caregiving and senior care facilities continue to expand as our nation becomes increasingly aware of the rising number of seniors in need of assistance. As you are noticing physical and cognitive changes in your loved one, you may also be noticing his or her environment needing a change as well. Starting the transition may feel overwhelming, but finding the resources that are right for you and your family will help get the process started.“You don’t have to climb the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Support Groups

Attending a caregivers support group in your area can be a great place to start. You will have the opportunity to share your feelings, concerns and needs with a professional and others who have had the same experience. Support groups can offer a safe place for caregivers, family, friends and even your parent to join in as they offer practical information and options in order to make informed decisions. You will have the opportunity to talk through challenges, find ways of coping and learn about other available resources in your community.

Find an organization that will fit your needs. Many elderly care facilities provide weekly and monthly support group meetings held by senior care professionals. There are online support groups available if you can’t attend in person. Some health care providers host caregiver support groups as well so check in with your doctor or health insurance provider to see if you are covered under your plan.

Lines of Communication

For some, talking to parents about future scenarios is uncomfortable to even think about. Communicating about future care options now and using words like “caregiver, in-home care, assisted living, nursing and rehabilitation” can help take the sting out of hearing these ideas for the first time should a crisis arise. Just like most things in life, it takes time to get used to something new, especially new ideas that we are not sure about or sound unappealing. Of course, many of us would like to stay in the comfort of our own home for as long as possible but when extra care is needed, our way of thinking must shift for our loved one’s safety and well being. Don’t wait for something big to happen for you to open up those lines of communication, your loved one will benefit from it in the end.

Sharing is Caring

Share your ideas and concerns with your loved one and remember to talk withyour parent, not atthem. Show that you genuinely want the very best for their future and that you are their biggest advocate. Avoid words like “you have to” and let them know you are in this together as a team. “Together Mom, we will find the best solution to your needs.”

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – John Kabat-Zin

Without a Cure, Alzheimer’s Could Bankrupt Medicare

While Alzheimer’s research has come so far in a few short years, there is still a long way to go. With studies focused on finding potential disease prevention methods and discovering new links to Alzheimer’s, researchers are hopeful that a treatment is on the horizon. Yet, the disease remains to be a leading cause of death with no treatment and no cure.Without a Cure, Alzheimer's Could Bankrupt Medicare

Threatening to reach epidemic proportions and potentially bankrupt Medicare, researchers are calling for increased federal funding to wage war on Alzheimer’s.

A Closer Look at How Alzheimer’s Could Bankrupt Medicare

While researchers are hopeful that 2016 will bring further advancements in Alzheimer’s research, the current Alzheimer’s stats are tragic, both emotionally and financially devastating.

The latest statistics surrounding the economics of the disease give a glimpse into the catastrophic nature of the Alzheimer’s:

  • Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that can not be cured, prevented or slowed
  • The total cost to the U.S. economy of caring for people with Alzheimer’s is $226 billion, half of which Medicare covers
  • If Alzheimer’s is not treated or slowed, it will cost the U.S. economy over $1 trillion by 2050 with the part covered by Medicare rising to $589 billion
  • For family caregivers, Alzheimer’s costs an average of $287,038 to provide care for the last five years of a person’s life

The cost of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is much higher than someone who is fighting cancer or heart disease, other top causes of death in the U.S. This is because much of the care required at the end of a person’s life with Alzheimer’s is assistance with activities of daily living (i.e. bathing, dressing, eating, grooming) and that kind of care is not covered by insurance.

As the disease progresses and care costs continue to grow, Alzheimer’s could bankrupt Medicare, as it covers about half of the direct costs of caring for people with the disease.

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Closing the Funding Gap

Researchers and experts agree that federal funding for Alzheimer’s needs to increase, and quickly. Federal funding is currently at just under $1 billion, drastically less than the $3 billion spent on HIV/AIDS research or $5 billion spent on cancer.

Director of the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Bruce Miller, states:

“This is clearly the underfunded and understudied problem of the 21st century. We’ve made a lot of progress in therapies around heart disease, cancer and stroke, and we need to move faster in Alzheimer’s research. If we can’t find better therapies for an aging brain, as a society we will dramatically suffer.”

Current research methods are focused on preventing or stopping the progression of Alzheimer’s before symptoms occur. Slowing or delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s by just five years would decrease Medicare spending by 50% and bring new, refreshing hope to a weary population of caregivers.

What do you think can or should be done to wage a war on Alzheimer’s disease? Share your suggestions with us in the comments below.

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Manage Dementia’s Side Effects with These 7 Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for generations to ease symptoms of depression, anxiety and insomnia. Some caregivers are now using these trusted oils to ease anxiety, boost memory and improve the mood of loved ones living with dementia.Manage Dementia's Side Effects with These 7 Essential Oils

Learn which oils are best suited for people living with dementia and how to use each oil safely and effectively.

Manage Dementia’s Side Effects

As the search continues for a cure for Alzheimer’s and related dementias, some research suggests that aromatherapy and the use of essential oils may treat certain symptoms of the disease.

While research on the effectiveness of essential oils is somewhat limited, some studies have shown aromatherapy can:

  • Ease symptoms of anxiety
  • Offer relief from symptoms of depression
  • Improve the quality of life for people living with chronic health conditions

Oils may be inhaled, applied to the skin, or placed in food or tea depending on the type of oil and its level of concentration.

While oils have been used for generations and many are thought to be safe, essential oils are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so be sure to consult with your doctor before using to ensure oils will not have any negative interaction with medication.

In addition to the therapeutic benefits of the oils themselves, studies have also shown that sensory stimulation for people with Alzheimer’s can decrease agitation, improve sleep and improve the overall quality of life for those living with the disease.

7 Essential Oils That May Help Those Living with Dementia

Here are oils that have been shown to be effective in treating and controlling different symptoms of dementia:

1. Lavender

Lavender is thought to be calming and able to balance strong emotions. It has also been used to help with depression, anger and irritability, and can help in some cases of insomnia. Lavender can be directly inhaled, used a massage oil or sprayed on linens.

2. Peppermint

Peppermint is an energizer and can be used to stimulate the mind and calm nerves at the same time. Best used in the morning, peppermint oil can be inhaled directly, diffused in a room, used as a massage oil, sprayed in the air or even placed in a bath.

3. Rosemary

Similar to peppermint, Rosemary is an uplifting oil used to stimulate the mind and body. It may even improve cognitive performance and mood. Rosemary has also been known to ease constipation, symptoms of depression and also reinvigorate the appetite. Rosemary oil can be directly inhaled, diffused through a room or used as a spray.

4. Bergamot

Bergamot can be used to relive anxiety, agitation, mild depression and stress. This mood elevating and calming oil can also be used to relieve insomnia. To use bergamot oil, place a few drops in a bath, use as a massage oil, diffuse through a room or use a spray on clothing or linens.

5. Lemon Balm

While lemon oil may be among the more expensive oils, it is also one of the most studied and more effective oils. It has been shown to help calm and relax people who are dealing with anxiety and insomnia, improve memory and ease indigestion. Lemon oil can be dropped into a bath, inhaled directly, diffused, sprayed or applied directly to the skin as a massage oil.

6. Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang oil can help ease depression while also promoting good sleep. This is a great oil not only for a person living with Alzheimer’s, but also for caregivers struggling with restlessness and lack of sleep. Ylang Ylang is often combined with lemon oil and can be placed in a bath, inhaled, diffused or sprayed.

7. Ginger

Ginger oil is helpful for anyone struggling with digestion issues. Commonly used to treat a loss of appetite and constipation, ginger can help promote good eating habits. Ginger oil can be applied directly to the skin as an abdominal massage, inhaled, diffused, sprayed or placed on a compress.

Have you seen positive effects of essential oils in yourself or a loved one? Which oils worked best? Share your tips with us in the comments below.

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  • Rosemary

    I would really appreciate suggestions for activities for men in an assisted living place. Lots of things are offered for women, but absolutely nothing at all for the men. My husband is bored to death.

    Rosemary

    • pcarrieri

      Dear Rosemary:

      My experience with assisted living is that most of the residents are women so I guess that’s why so many of the activities are geared toward them. However, what type of activities would your husband like? Gardening? Putting? Maybe you could request that they try to incorporate some of these activities into their calendar. If not, is it possible for you to start some type of activity that he would be interested in, or to hire someone who can visit regularly and do some of these activities with him?

      • Imactrs

        Apologies…I meant to respond to Rosemary.

    • Imactrs

      That is unfortunate to hear. I am a recreation therapist and have worked with seniors most of my 30 year career. You should talk with the activity director about what opportunities he may not be taking advantage of. Most facilities hire well meaning staff with little understanding and few skills needed to provide meaningful activities for their residents. You might want to speak with the administration about offering recreation therapy for those who don’t fit into the cookbook activity programs offered in most long term care facilities. Good luck to you.

  • pcarrieri

    I am so glad I came across this blog as I recently started using essential oils with my 89 yo mother who is in early late stage alzheimers, I am so thrilled about the improvements I have seen and experienced in her that I want to tell everyone who has a love one with alzheimers. I started experimenting with Serenity, it is a doTerra blend oil, a few months ago and within a few days both the caregiver and myself noticed significant improvement. Now after a few months, everyone who has known my mom, but has does not see her on a regular basis is absolutely flabbergasted at the difference in her appearance, her alertness, and her overall mood and level of engagement. Before using the oil, my mom would sometimes sleep 22 out of 24 hours, now she rarely even naps. I can’t say enough about the improvement the oil has made not only in my mom’s life, but in ours as well as my mom lives with us. I’ve also found that chamomile tea at sundown wards off sundowning and what a blessing that is for all of us as well. Hope this helps. Check out the essential oils. Find someone who is knowledgeable in how to use them and read everything you can about them and I trust you too will experience the difference they can make in one’s life.

    • clra

      Did you diffuse the Serenity or how did you use it?? Very interested in trying this for my dad!

    • Pam

      thank you for sharing your experience. I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013 & interested in trying these oils.

  • DeeAnn

    I have used DoTerra oils for almost a year now with great success for my health concerns but hadn’t thought about it for my 89 year old mom who lives with me. I am excited to use the oils mentioned for Alzheimers. My mom has never been diagnosed with it but is showing signs of the disease. Thanks for the suggestions.

  • mturchi

    Thank you so much for this discussion! My mom has dementia and I found diffusing an oil blend with basil, peppermint & rosemary at night helps with her mental clarity. As with anything, it is important to know how the oils are made so the quality is assured.

    • Connie

      Mturchi, How long did you use the oils before you could see a difference in your Mom?

  • crabjack

    See more about the benefits of aromatherapy for dementia at http://www.best-alzheimers-products.com/sensory-stimulation-for-alzheimers.html

  • Janet McGee

    Do you mean Lemon Balm (Melissa sp., a member of the mint family which spreads quickly and can take over a garden plot seemingly overnight), or lemon oil? These are two distinctly different botanical entities.

  • Karah Frances

    Frankincense is also amazing for those suffering with Alzheimer’s

  • Mike

    Peppermint and Lavender oils work great for migraines. Apply to temples

  • CLBailey

    I have been using EOs through several stages of my mom’s ALZ care. What I have seen is remarkable. Mom’s disease took her language first, so for years we created strategies for communication while her memory stayed in tact. During her agitation stage, we diffused lavender along with other blends that had lavender in them. I placed a diffuser at her bedside and was able to have the nurse create orders for caregivers to start diffusing 2 to 3 times per day: nap time, bedtime. When sickness spread through the building we diffused a blend which supported her immune system. (Not only did this benefit her, but others in the memory care area received the same support unintentionally.) The sickness didn’t travel to that living area. The use of EOs became so successful that caregivers began diffusing in their stations. When my mom was diagnosed with a UTI we combined her medication with Lemongrass. Now once or twice a week we diffuse Lemongrass to support UT health. We have successfully used a blend which has ginger, peppermint and fennel for constipation. Peppermint was supportive during a period of little responsiveness. Hand massages stimulate brain activity. EOs have been so helpful because of the option of topical use and aromatic use. Mom refuses most medications so the molecules from the EOs can support her. Mom is NOT getting better…she still has a disease which is snatching parts of her away, BUT EOs have supported her in so many different areas. I only wish that I had known about them years ago. I would have started her on Frankincense. Grateful for this article.

Senate Approves Landmark Increase in Alzheimer’s Research Funding

Alzheimer’s is one of the most deadly diseases in the United States that receives limited funding to put towards research efforts. However, the Senate Appropriations Committee recently passed a 60% increase in Alzheimer’s research funding, that, if passed into law, would be the largest increase in funding for the disease ever.Senate Approves Landmark Increase in Alzheimer's Research Funding

National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s

It’s no secret that Alzheimer’s is one of the most expensive diseases in the U.S. and that research efforts remain grossly underfunded. The cost of care for Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S. is estimated to reach $226 billion in 2015, with the global cost of care estimated to be close to $605 billion, equivalent to 1% of the entire world’s gross domestic product. Additionally, Medicare and Medicaid are expected to pay $154 billion this year for dementia care.

Alzheimer’s disease remains the only leading cause of death in the U.S. without any cure or way to prevent or slow its progression. Yet, Alzheimer’s receives only $586 million for research.

Experts estimate that nearly $2 billion annually is necessary to find a prevention or treatment by 2025, the goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s.

Closing the Gap in Alzheimer’s Funding

In an effort to close the funding gap and fulfill the goals and objectives of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a historic 60% increase for Alzheimer’s disease research funding, adding nearly $350 million to the cause. If the increase is passed into law, it will be the largest increase in Alzheimer’s research funding ever.

Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraged by the potential increase in funding saying:

“With this bipartisan call for a 60% increase in Alzheimer’s disease funding, Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ranking Member Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Subcommittee Chairman Blunt and Ranking Member Murray are making history. More importantly, they are demonstrating to the millions of Americans affected by this devastating and fatal disease that they will not suffer indefinitely.”

He continues:

“As we look forward to the announcement of the first Alzheimer’s professional judgment budget next month, the momentum behind the fight to end Alzheimer’s has never been greater.”

What do you think about this landmark increase in Alzheimer’s research funding? Are we doing enough to hit our national goal of effectively treating and preventing Alzheimer’s by 2025? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. 

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