On the lighter side, but not without merit and possibilities to provide comfort to those with dementia . . .
From Senior Living Executive Magazine, July/August 2016 - www.argentum.org
"Paro, a fur-covered robot that looks like a seal pup, has become a popular therapeutic toy for seniors with dementia—giving provider another way of addressing behavioral disturbances among assisted living residents with Alzheimer’s disease. The robot, which moves and makes
sounds in response to sound and touch, took 12 years to develop at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.
According to The Washington Post, the robot is also being used as part of icebreaker activities at senior living communities among residents without dementia. View videos of seniors in Japan interacting with a Paro robot."
What's being done to educate the public and change the image of dementia? Read below and view this touching film.
29th March 2018 by Gareth Jones
“Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has confronted misunderstandings around dementia. In a new advertisement for Alzheimer’s Research UK the actor uses an orange to get people thinking differently about the condition.
Cranston, who lost his mother Audrey ‘Peggy’ Sell to Alzheimer’s disease in 2004, is supporting the latest chapter in the charity’s award-winning #ShareTheOrange campaign.
“Alzheimer’s took my mother’s life, but our loved-ones hopefully could be saved from the same fate,” he said.
“With advanced scientific research, hard work and generous support, Alzheimer’s Research UK, one day, could make finding a cure a reality.”
The campaign urges viewers to share a short film on their social media channels to help get people thinking differently about dementia and challenge the enduring misconception that the condition is simply a by-product of age.
A recent YouGov survey commissioned by Alzheimer’s Research UK revealed that, when asked what they think dementia is and who it affects, just 23% of British adults specifically mentioned brain disease or degeneration.Through damage caused by the disease, the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s can weigh around 140 grams less than a healthy brain – about the weight of an orange. The emotive film also follows the journey of a person’s life and shows the impact dementia can have on them, their memories, relationships and loved-ones.”
A dilemma for sure - should you tell your parent with Alzheimer's a white lie? This article gives you an answer and suggests alternatives to telling a lie in a compassionate way. Good read from the Washington Post, March 17, 2018, by Steven Petrow.
A reader dealing with the strains of a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s raised this interesting question: “Our father always stressed how important it was to tell the truth. Now he has dementia, and my brother says he’s been told it’s okay to tell white lies so as not to further agitate our father. This makes me really uncomfortable. How can we resolve this?”When a family member or friend begins to lose their memory and cognitive abilities because of dementia, it can be hard to know the best way to respond. What should you say, for instance, when the person with dementia repeatedly asks about a spouse or child who is no longer alive? How many times can you tell the truth and watch a loved one suffer the same loss again and again? Which is worse: telling a lie, or the harsh truth?
Your brother is describing an approach commonly called therapeutic fibbing, an effective yet controversial strategy, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In a nutshell, it’s lying — or not correcting a misconception — to decrease agitation and anxiety in a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
This is no small problem. An estimated 5.5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017, reports the Alzheimer’s Association. Ten percent of people 65 and older have the disorder, and as the population ages, the prevalence increases: Among those 65 to 74 years old, 3 percent have Alzheimer’s; that jumps to 17 percent of those 75 to 84, and to a harrowing 32 percent in those 85 and older.
Read the whole article at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/is-it-okay-tell-an-alzheimers-patient-a-white-lie/2018/03/16/41ab4afc-221a-11e8-badd-7c9f29a55815_story.html?utm_term=.4ce809e3747b
LAS VEGAS, March 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Clairvoyant Networks, LLC, chose AT&T* to provide connectivity to its new line of caregiver solutions, Theora Care™. An AT&T SIM transmits data over our highly secure network so that caregivers can locate and connect with loved ones. AT&T Control Center means Clairvoyant can offer a "plug and play" device – no activation required by the user. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. By 2050, this number could reach 16 million.1 The Theora Care products offer peace-of-mind to the caregiver, while helping those experiencing cognitive issues to live independently longer.
According to Clairvoyant, Theora Connect™ is a wristwatch-style monitoring and communication device. Theora Link™ is a powerful smartphone application. This Theora Care duo provides a 2-way communications system between wearer and caregiver that:
Theora Care solutions are ideal for the aging in place populations to live independently, longer. In residential care, a hospital or other places a caregiver isn't always present, users can benefit from a virtual check in. People with conditions such as Alzheimer's, dementia, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Parkinson's disease can live with more independence. Caregivers know where their loved one is and can reach them almost instantly.
"I've experienced firsthand the challenges caregivers face. I've witnessed relatives lose their independence as they've aged," said Stephen Popovich, president and CEO of Clairvoyant Networks. "Our mission is to provide solutions that address those challenges and allow aging with dignity." Popovich continued, "We chose AT&T not only for its leadership in IoT technology, but also for its focus on innovative platforms in telehealth. This is just the beginning of the situational awareness solutions that will leverage AT&T's expertise."
To learn more, check this website: www.theoracare.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or
facebook.com/theoracare and on YouTube at youtube.com/theoracare
I cared for Mom for seven years and learned so much from my experiences with her and Alzheimer's.