Category Archives: Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders

“Health Care Planning Following a Diagnosis of Dementia” – IKOR

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by Zach Nelson

“Progressive forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, allow the individual diagnosed with the disease to participate in the planning of their care. In this article, we turn our attention to the planning that should be carried out to ensure the individual’s health care needs are met, and their wishes are honored throughout the progression of the disease.

“Sound Financial Planning is the Foundation for Medical Planning

“The average life expectancy following the onset of dementia symptoms is between eight and ten years; however, … ”

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“Severe Shortage Of Home Health Workers Robs Thousands Of Proper Care” – Kaiser Health News

caregiver shortageRenzo Viscardi (center), pictured with his parents, Anthony Viscardi and Cheryl Dougan, relies on round-the-clock care from home health aides. (Courtesy of Cheryl Dougan)

by Judith Graham

“Acute shortages of home health aides and nursing assistants are cropping up across the country, threatening care for people with serious disabilities and vulnerable older adults.

“In Minnesota and Wisconsin, nursing homes have denied admission to thousands of patients over the past year because they lack essential staff, according to local long-term care associations.

“In New York, patients living in rural areas have been injured, soiled themselves and gone without meals because paid caregivers aren’t available, according to testimony provided to the state Assembly’s health committee in February.

“In Illinois, the independence of people with severe developmental disabilities is being compromised … ”

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Vicki Hoak, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Homecare Association reinforced the issues in this article in her presentation at the May 18 Lancaster County 50+ EXPO. She is the cross-training presenter at the Lebanon County Link partners’ cross-training meeting on June 2.

  • 02 June 2017 – Pennsylvania Homecare Association, Vicki Hoak and Ames Home Services, Bill Ames – This meeting will be held at Ames Home Services, 240 Hinkle Road, Annville, PA 17003.

“‘Everybody knows somebody’: This state is a laboratory for the future of Alzheimer’s in America” – STATnews

nd alzheimersBeth Olson (center), a care consultant with North Dakota’s Dementia Care Services Program, says goodbye to Jo Ormiston after a visit. Also pictured is Jo’s husband, Alan, and their daughter Barb Kram.

by Grace Rubenstein | Photos by Ann Arbor Miller for STAT

“North Dakota’s sparse geography has long made it a natural frontier: Pioneers here pushed the boundaries of westward expansion, then agriculture, and recently domestic oil drilling. Now the state finds itself on the leading edge of a new boom that it never would have chosen: Alzheimer’s disease.

“Cases are rocketing up across the United States, and especially in North Dakota, which has the country’s second highest death rate from the disease. While Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death nationally, it already ranks third here.

“‘Everybody knows somebody’ affected by the disease, said Kendra Binger, a program manager with the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota and North Dakota. As public awareness rises along with the numbers of cases, ‘it’s hard to ignore anymore.’”

Read this STAT news article in its entirety here.

PA 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease & related disorders regional forum on March 24

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Here are other dates  and venues for later regional summits across the state:

State College – Centre County | March 27 – Penn Stater Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803

Troy – Bradford County  | March 30 – Troy Fire Department, 88 Fire House Drive Troy, PA 16947

Lehigh Valley – Northampton County | April 11 – ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Philadelphia –Philadelphia | April 12 – Ralston House Philadelphia, 3615 Chestnut St #212, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Event Timing: 10:00 – Noon

“A Playbook For Managing Problems In The Last Chapter Of Your Life” – California Healthline

Close up of senior woman's hands holding walking stickCommon reasons seniors move out of their homes include developing dementia, having a spouse fall ill or die, and not being able to keep up their homes. (iStock)

CHICAGO — “At least once a day, Dr. Lee Ann Lindquist gets an urgent phone call.

“‘Mom fell and is in the hospital,’ a concerned middle-aged son might report.

“‘Dad got lost with the car, and we need to stop him from driving,’ a distraught middle-aged daughter may explain.

“‘We don’t know what to do.’

“Lindquist, chief of geriatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, wondered if people could become better prepared for such emergencies, and so she designed a research project to find out.

“The result is a unique website,, which helps older adults plan for predictable problems during what Lindquist calls the ‘last quarter of life’ — roughly, from age 75 on.”

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Click here (or on the graphic above) to visit the PLANYOURLIFESPAN.ORG WEBSITE.

“A future where Alzheimer’s is treated before symptoms appear”

“Yesterday, the Alzheimer’s Association released their 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, highlighting the growing importance of biomarkers in improving how we identify and diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. The report sets a vision for a future in which Alzheimer’s disease is placed in the same category as other chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, which can be readily identified with biomarkers at the earliest stage of changes and treated before irrevocable disability occurs.” (SOURCE: STATnews)

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2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Friday Wrap-Up, January 20 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

friday wrap-up 03-11-16Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Click here to download the January 20 newsletter.  


In a recent Friday Wrap Up, we shared with you information about an upcoming PBS documentary on Alzheimer’s disease entitled, “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts,” which is set to premier on Wednesday, January 25th at 10:00 P.M. The Alzheimer’s Association is serving as a national partner for this one-hour PBS documentary, which will highlight the financial and social implications of Alzheimer’s. In its promotion about the film, the Alzheimer’s Association described it as a “wake-up call about the national threat posed by the disease.”

Another key partner in this particular effort is Next Avenue, which is referred to as the public media’s first and only national journalism service dedicated to Americans age 50+.

Their mission is to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans through the power of media. Next Avenue is part of the PBS system and has served over 35 million people since launching in 2012. I was quite impressed when I first visited their website and learned that because of their commitment to deliver content that delivers vital ideas, in-depth context and diverse perspectives on issues that matter most as we age, they manage to spark their readers to take action, and through their efforts they have learned that 95% of their readers do indeed take action after reading their stories. Their readers and action takers now include yours truly. Their topic areas range from health & well-being, money & security, living & learning, work & purpose, to caregiving. I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to tap into Next Avenue. I try to not make promises that I can’t keep, but I do promise that you won’t be disappointed by exploring the array of educational and motivating information that their journalists publish.

To visit their site, click here.

“Stress may increase risk of dementia for caregivers” – Jus+care


written by Diane Archer

“A Johns Hopkins University, Utah State University and Duke University study found that people caring for spouses with dementia are six times more likely to get dementia than people caring for spouses who do not have dementia. The researchers surmise that caregiver stress may increase the risk of dementia for the caregiver spouses. If so, identifying ways to ease the stress becomes all the more critical.

“The caregiver study was conducted on 1,221 older married couples (2,242 people) over the course of 12 years. Researchers found increased memory loss among caregivers whose spouses had dementia. According to Maria Norton, one of the researchers, ‘We know that the declines in memory we saw were real and persistent, not just a point in time where they weren’t performing well on tests.’”

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“Dramatic decline in dementia seen among older adults in the US” – STATnews

150 Years German Red Cross: Senior Citizens Care Carsten Koall/Getty Images

The percent of older US adults with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, declined from 11.6 percent in 2000 to 8.8 percent in 2012, a decrease of nearly a quarter, scientists reported on Monday.

Why it matters:

“It had been thought that the baby boomers’ march toward old age would triple the number of Alzheimer’s patients by 2050. These new numbers not only portend a lesser burden on the health care system (and families) but also suggest that something has changed over the generations — and identifying that change could drive down dementia rates even further.

You’ll want to know:

“That’s a significant decline: If the rate of dementia in 2012 had been what it was in 2000, “there would be well more than 1 million additional people with dementia,” said John Haaga, director of the National Institute on Aging’s behavioral and social research, who was not involved in the study.”

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“There’s a wrong way to talk about Alzheimer’s disease” – Futurity


“Experts suggest avoiding war metaphors, such as “attacking” beta amyloid, when talking about Alzheimer’s disease.

“‘If applied in a careless manner, war metaphors can delude our sense of what’s possible therapeutically, and give false hope to people and caregivers who are suffering,’ says Daniel R. George, assistant professor of medical humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine.

“While war comparisons can motivate efforts to deal with a health issue, this type of language and messaging can also create fear and stigma, turn patients into victims, and divert resources from critically important prevention and care, according to George.

“Research goals

“Despite decades of failures in Alzheimer’s drug development … ’

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