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Dining Services Could Help Cut Dementia Risks

February 15, 2009

Senior living communities offering menu choices that include lots of fish, olive oil, veggies, and other foods common in Mediterranean-style cuisine could help residents ward off mild cognitive impairment, also known as borderline dementia.

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Leaders in Brain Fitness

February 15, 2009

More than 400 senior living communities nationwide offer comprehensive brain fitness programs, according to The Chicago Tribune, making them the leaders in this technology-based workout that has been found to fend off memory loss and improve mental functi

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Research Sheds Light on Residents’ Emotional Needs

February 15, 2009

Adults 65 and older are more likely than adults age 50-64 to report they “rarely” or “never” receive the social and emotional support they need, according to a recent study. Such findings complement providers’ focus on residents’ emotional health, as it c

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New Tool Identifies Stress in Alzheimer’s Caregivers

November 5, 2008

Alzheimer’s disease poses special challenges and increasing levels of care that can be taxing on caregivers as well as those living with the disease. Such stress can lead to caregivers’ inability to care for their loved ones.

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Circadian Rhythm Problems May Lead to Memory Loss Among Seniors

October 21, 2008

Even seniors who get enough sleep may be affected by circadian rhythm problems, which can then lead to short-term memory loss and a decline in overall memory function. Stanford University researchers have concluded that when an individual’s natural body c

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Robot Helps Comfort Seniors With Dementia

October 7, 2008

Paro, a fur-covered robot that looks like a seal pup, has become a popular therapeutic toy for seniors with dementia—giving providers another way of addressing behavioral disturbances among assisted living residents with Alzheimer’s disease. The robot, wh

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Honoring Final Wishes: How to Respect America’s Choices at the End of Life

September 24, 2008

Written Testimony submitted to the Senate Special Committee on Aging

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States Implement Silver Alert Systems, ALFA Helps Lead National Efforts

July 22, 2008

The Silver Alert system—similar to the Amber Alert system for finding missing children—is on the books in nine states to notify the immediate community of missing seniors, specifically those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Oklahoma, Illinois, and Georgia

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Alzheimer’s Advocacy Efforts Get a Boost

June 3, 2008

Several national media outlets, including The New York Times and USA Today, have reported this week on how Alzheimer’s advocacy efforts are improving. Thanks to recent developments that make it possible to diagnose Alzheimer’s earlier, individuals with th

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Managing for Risk in Dementia Services

June 1, 2008

Taking on more memory care patients equates to potentially adding more risk. Learn about product and service innovations that can help to mitigate increased risk and help provide better service to residents.

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O’Connor Makes Personal Plea, Urges Congress To Speed Alzheimer’s Research

May 20, 2008

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor addressed the Senate Special Committee on Aging last week, urging members to help pick up the pace of Alzheimer’s research and begin fighting an impending Alzheimer’s epidemic. O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court j

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Assisted Living Industry Looks at Future of Alzheimer’s

May 16, 2008

The nation’s leading organization of assisted living providers today urged the Senate Special Committee on Aging to look to assisted living providers for the model of care for victims of Alzheimer’s disease.

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