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Tuesday July 29th 11am EST, 10am CST, 9am MST, 8am PST, 4pm London time

072814_ASR_gary_glazener_open_micOpen Mic & A Discussion On Dementia Arts

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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio is a place where all voices become equal and heard.  Join us for a great conversation.  This week the first hour will be an Open Mic platform.  Our discussion for Open Mic is free flowing and all topics related to dementia and caregiving are game.  What’s on your mind?  We would love to hear from you.  Call in live to the show or use the chat box.

The second hour we have a great guest, Gary Glazner founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.  Gary will be discussing his new book Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care.  Come and join the conversation.  Get some great insights and have some fun with Lori and Gary.

Contact Gary through his website Dementia Arts

Purchase his book at Health Professionals Press     Amazon

Check out The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project

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Why We Need to Master Stress

Money and the economy continue to top the list of stressors for all Americans. Finances now overshadow the more usual daily stressors of work and relationships, with others worrying about providing for their family’s basic needs.

My own research clarifies that, when you feel you have less control over your stress, it definitely causes you more concern. It raises your internal mind, body, and emotional threat level.

Women Worse Off
Unfortunately, as I mentioned above, the brunt of this economic stress is falling upon women more than men. Compared with men, more women say they are stressed about money, the economy, job stability, housing costs, and health problems affecting their families.

Ladies of the boomer-generation (ages 44-65) and older (aged 66+) are most likely to report the economy as a significant stressor, while women in general rank financial worries above personal health. Female Boomers report increases in stress associated with their job stability and health problems affecting their families.

Beyond that, Generation Xers (ages 30-43) and Millennials (ages 18-29) are not immune from financial worries, either. Generation Xers are the women most concerned about money and Millennials are most concerned about housing costs as a source of stress.

Our economic stress is causing more than half of Americans to report irritability, anger, fatigue, headaches, and sleeplessness. What’s worse, these stress sufferers say they self-medicate by over-eating unhealthy foods, over drinking, and generally straying from healthy habits.

In addition to the above mentioned symptoms, the rise in stress-related issues can:
• Weaken your immune system
• Raise your blood pressure
• Increase your appetite
• Disturb your sleep
• Lead to depression
• Cause memory loss

So What Can You Do?
As research tells us, stress-mastering techniques can help us a great deal. When you are able to activate the proven anti-stress spot in your brain, many wonderful salubrious events occur. Your blood pressure goes down, your pulse decreases, your unhealthy stress chemicals plummet, and, perhaps most importantly, the amount of oxygen your body needs goes down. This puts you into a true anti-aging zone, because, when you use less oxygen, you create less free radicals, which are a hall-mark of the aging process.

We at the ARPF have been doing research on meditation and the prevention and reversal of memory loss. It has revealed that the first area that decreases in function in Alzheimer’s disease, an area called the posterior cingulate gyrus, actually is activated during our innovative 12-minute meditation called Kirtan Kriya (KK). KK is a singing meditation technique that is being used in many of ARPF numerous research projects. This research has been published in many leading medical journals in the past few years, including the prestigious Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. This is truly the Mind Body medical treatment for memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease™.

In our studies we have seen that KK actually reversed the symptoms of memory loss in subjects suffering from it and improved their energy, mood, and level of well-being; all in only 12 minutes a day. Moreover, KK is easy to learn, requires no involved training, or change of life style. We have found that it is very helpful when practiced for only twelve minutes a day, especially in the morning.

So go ahead, take advantage of this opportunity to prevent Alzheimer’s and start improving your brain function right away. It’s easy, fast, and fun. You’ll love the way you feel.

For more information on this singing exercise, go to http://www.alzheimersprevention.org/research/12-minute-memory-exercise.

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President and Medical Director
Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation

 

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Minnesota Twins, Peanuts, & Memories

By: Michelle Remold

Today my family and I went to the Minnesota Twins vs. the Chicago White Sox baseball game. This has been something we have done for as long as I can remember. When we don’t go to Twins games, we will watch them together. Twins games were also the one thing we were able to bond over with my grandpa, even as his Alzheimer’s progressed.

During baseball season, my grandpa would sit and watch baseball games. The people who worked at the nursing home said that as soon as he heard anything baseball related on TV, he would come out of his room to watch. I remember watching a game with him when he yelled ‘Home run!’ This wouldn’t be impressive, except that he had lost much of his verbal skills at that point.

Today was a wonderful day to be at a baseball game and for being almost August in Minnesota, there wasn’t any humidity. To make the day even better, the Twins won. When we left, we decided to walk around Target Field before heading home. As we turned a corner, I noticed that there were status of the Charles M. Schultz Peanuts characters dressed in Twins apparel. I was excited to start because I am a fan of Peanuts. As we got about half way down the line of statues, I noticed there was a statue of Marcie.

I have written before about how my grandpa always called me ‘Marcie’ when I was little and that as he lost his ability to communicate, ‘Marcie’ gradually turned into ‘Mushy.’ I asked him once why he always called me ‘Marcie’ and he had said that it was based on the Marcie from the Peanuts comics. When I saw the statue of Marcie, I was drawn to it. We had stopped at each statue to take pictures, rotating between my parents and my brother being in the pictures with me. When my mom asked if I wanted a picture taken, I said I did but that I wanted to be of just me, there was something special about this statue.

It never ceases to amaze me what will remind me of my grandpa. It is things like this that make me smile, relive memories, and remember the important role my grandpa played in my career path.

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???????????????????????????????Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

This study is being conducted by Eunsaem Kim, a Prevention Science doctoral student in Washington State University. The Washington State University Institutional Review Board reviewed this study. This information is for his Master’s Project and your participation is greatly appreciated.

The purpose of this survey is to identify factors related to physical activity for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. In particular, he would like to examine the role of caregivers in AD patients’ physical activity participation. The information you provide will be used to help promote well-being, and increase the quality of life for older adults with AD.

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Join Us For The 3rd Annual

Alzheimer’s Music Fest

30 Bands!

Only $10 donation at the door for a great cause!

Today at the 120 Tavern and Music Hall          12pm -10pm

1440 Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 509-3320

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Inspired by families who provide care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease/dementia and for those affected with the disease, The Alzheimer’s Music Fest produces and presents a festival of musicians with diverse musical backgrounds who come together and celebrate the family caregiver. Our goal is to raise funds for those families with limited financial resources, increase awareness about Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, and create a community of supports for these families. Alzheimer’s Music Fest has partnered with Caring Together in Hope, a 501(c)(3) non-profit to ensure net funds raised are used to support Alzheimer’s disease/dementia families who care for their loved one at home.

Artists and Bands Performing:

Outside

12:00-12:40 Ghostrain
12:50-1:10 Jeff Fritz
*5 min Alzheimer’s Knowledge Speaker
1:20-2:00 Grant Davis Band
2:10-2:30 Charles Spann
2:40-3:20 Elder Sun
3:30-3:50 Paths Left Undone
*5 min Alzheimer’s Knowledge Speaker
4:00-4:40 The Lost Boys
4:50-5:10 Casey Camp
5:20-6:00 Role of the Observer
*5 min Alzheimer’s Knowledge Speaker
6:10-6:30 Jon Latham
6:40-7:20 Starting Fires
7:30-8:10 Mike Watson Band
8:20-9:00 Nine Times Blue
*5 min Alzheimer’s Knowledge Speaker
9:10-9:50 Tom Lennon Band

Inside

12:00-12:20 Andrew Katter
12:30-1:10 Five O’Clock Devil
*5 min Alzheimer’s Knowledge Speaker
1:20-1:40 Alex Guthrie
1:50-2:30 Anne-Marie Perry
2:40-3:00 Liz Lee
*5 min Alzheimer’s Knowledge Speaker
3:10-3:50 Over The Effect
4:00-4:20 Lianne Hutcheson
4:30-5:10 The Bitteroots
*5 min Alzheimer’s Knowledge Speaker
5:20-5:40 Luna & Sol
5:45-6:15 Zangaro
6:40-7:00 Peyton Parker
*5 min Alzheimer’s Knowledge Speaker
7:10-7:50 Daybreakers
8:00-8:20 Madison Shea
8:30-9:10 Alchemy
9:20-9:40 Wade Sapp
*5 min Alzheimer’s Knowledge Speaker
9:50-10:30 Avenue of the Giants

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30 Secs Away Day`s

By Norrm’s McNamara

One minute my Angel Elaine is pointing out a hawk swooping down for its prey in the Devon countryside whilst driving through it, the next “WHAM” somebody has changed the channel in my mind!!

No longer am I sat next to the love of my life whilst she drives us through the Gods garden as we call it, but I am sat all alone, in a bare room with pictures and snapshots of my life surrounding me. They flash before my eyes, some good but mostly bad, tormenting me, teasing me and forcing me to close my eyes shut so tight it hurts, but yet the visions still come.

Then suddenly as if from nowhere, the fear sets in, the fear that turns your stomach that makes your hands tremble and beings to make you feel as you are suffering from seasickness!! Oh my God “I`m Dying” there is no cure!! I am only 56, I should have at LEAST 25 years in front of me, but I haven’t. A cure is at least 20 years away, I am six years down the line and nothing is on the horizon.

My heart sinks, the beads of cold sweat run down the side of my head and I begin to descend into the depths of despair, then, like a FLASH!! I AM BACK “” Back in the passenger seat, Elaine talking to me, asking me if I am ok? Gently rubbing my hand and telling me I was out of it for about 30 secs, and yet, I feel as if I have just experienced a lifetime of hurt and pain, and yet NO?? Only 30 secs??

As quick as this happened, I am now back in the land of the living, I have had my 30 sec “Away Day” once again, and this came as a little bit of a surprise to me because I didn’t know I had them regularly, but apparently they come and go but with no pattern or time scales whatsoever, now that does sound familiar!!

But here I am!! And here I intend to stay for as long as possible, doing what I do. Why am I still here? Because of YOU my wonderful brilliant friends!! Not that long ago, certainly in my lifetime, I would have been sectioned under the mental health act because of my “30 sec away days” but not anymore, and that is down to each and every one of you wonderful BRAVE people all over the world who raise awareness about this awful disease Dementia and explain to people that it’s not a form of Madness but a disease of the brain, because of YOU my friends, I am able to sit in the comfort of my own home and write what I am writing now!!

I owe my life to my Angel Elaine, that’s for sure!! But I also owe so much gratitude to each and every one of you for all you do, and for that I will be eternally grateful

Much love,

Norrms
Diagnosed six years ago and still fighting it!!!

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 Insights To Caring Well 

For Those With Dementia

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Silversphere loves highlighting organizations, individuals, and influencers in the senior living industry that are making a difference in senior care. Recently they sat down with Lori La Bey, President of Alzheimer’s Speaks.  In the above video you will hear about her organization and the 3 pivotal steps she believes are necessary to provide person-centered care to those living with dementia.

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