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Playgrounds for Older Adults

Playgrounds for

Seniors

playground_news_feature_4_seniorsThis is an interesting concept. 

What do you think?

Motion Wellness system is a breakthrough seniors’ Play structure developed to reduce seniors’ fall-related injuries and potentially save lives that may be lost due to fall.

“With our new Motion wellness system seniors’ falls can be dramatically reduced through play.” states Mr. Chaham, Director of Sales for Xccent Fitness. Motion Wellness system improves stability, balance and coordination. It also allows social interaction and socialization so the training process becomes fun, un-intimidating and effective.

The WHO (World Health organization) stats indicate that one-third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more each year. Falls are the most common cause of injury and the 6th leading cause of death for seniors; almost half of admissions to long-term care facilities are fall-related.

The CDC (Centers for disease control and Prevention) released that in 2010, the total direct medical costs of fall injuries for people 65 and older, adjusted for inflation was $30 billion. The CDC claims that by 2020, the annual direct and indirect cost of fall injuries is expected to reach $54.9 billion. Among community-dwelling older adults, fall-related injury is one of the 20 most expensive medical conditions.

“Falls are caused by a lack of balance or an inability to recover balance.”, says Mr. Chaham. “There are many factors that can influence balance, including some age-related body, physical and mental health problems, and environmental trip hazards. Physicians, nurses and care givers often interact with older adult patients who have experienced a fall or fall-related event, yet there are few validated tools readily available to assess the nature of the risk and guide the application of proven fall prevention strategies.”, concludes Mr. Chaham.

The goal of Xccent’s Motion Wellness Systems is to dramatically reduce the growing number of falls and fractures among older adults by engaging primary care physicians, nurses, and other senior care givers to use the playful structure as an assessment platform and later as fall prevention training tool.

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Walker Methodist & MUSIC & MEMORY℠ helps Awaken Minds & Awaken Lives with the Miraculous

Walker Methodist & MUSIC &

MEMORY℠ helps Awaken Minds &

Awaken Lives with the Miraculous

Gift of Music

miracle of music w walker methodistWalker Methodist and MUSIC & MEMORY℠ seek donations to bring Music to those suffering with Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Walker Methodist (Minnesota) – Walker Methodist has teamed up with MUSIC & MEMORY℠ to bring music therapy to their senior living communities and all communities who work with MUSIC & MEMORY℠ nationwide. This program introduces a way to bring music into the lives of people, specifically those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Music therapy has been linked with slowing memory loss, increasing recognition and recollection, and overall enhancing the lifestyle of residents using the program.

5.6 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Where medications have failed, music has succeeded. You can help improve the lives of those affected by this disease and give hope, and peace, through music. It’s not just those with the disease that you will be helping. It’s the families. It’s the workers. It’s their friends. It’s your family. And for everyone who has loved someone who has forgotten who they are. If you love people, love music, or have been affected by this, we are asking for your help.

Walker Methodist has started a campaign to raise funds to support the MUSIC & MEMORY℠ program. Funds raised will go towards providing iPods, headphones, and iTunes custom music libraries to Walker Methodist residents suffering from memory issues. Eventually, Walker Methodist hopes to offer this program to every resident throughout all of their communities, and one day nationwide.

To donate to this campaign, visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/794d59f9. Walker Methodist has set a goal of receiving $85,000 in donations for their implementation of the MUSIC & MEMORY℠ program.

About MUSIC & MEMORY℠

MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of older adults through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. Executive Director Dan Cohen founded MUSIC & MEMORY℠ with a simple idea: Someday, if he ended up in a nursing home, he wanted to be able to listen to his favorite ‘60s music.

Dan discovered that none of the 16,000 nursing homes in the U.S. used iPods for their residents. Drawing on his background in leveraging technology to benefit people who would otherwise have no access, he volunteered at a local nursing home in Greater New York, creating personalized playlists for residents. The program was a hit with residents, staff and families, and became the prototype for a bigger effort.

The MUSIC & MEMORY℠ program trains senior care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.

By providing access and education, and by creating a network of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ certified communities, they aim to make this form of personalized therapeutic music a standard of care throughout the health care industry.

MUSIC & MEMORY℠ has produced a feature length documentary entitled, “Alive Inside” that showcases the effects of music therapy to improve the quality of life for those impacted by the program . The film will be shown in Minneapolis on August 15th at the Edina 4 Theatre. Get more information about the film at www.aliveinside.us.

music_and_miracle_walker_thank_youAbout Walker Methodist

Walker Methodist specializes in lifestyle, housing and healthcare services for older adults. They own, operate and manage housing communities, provide rehabilitation services, and operate leading sub-acute transitional care centers that help people recover from hospitalizations or surgeries so they can return home.

The mission at Walker Methodist is Life. And all the Living that goes with it. They believe that age should not hold people back from living their life to the fullest, and have created communities that give people freedom to enjoy activities and lifestyles that suit them best.

The addition of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is the next step in creating an environment that fosters fulfillment and joyful living for Walker Methodist residents.

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Free Memory Screenings at the MN State Fair

HealthStar Home Health to Hold

Free Memory Screenings

at the MN State Fair

Concerned about your memory?

Face-to-face memory screenings average five minutes and consist of questions and tasks to assess memory. Individuals can take advantage of free, confidential memory screenings provided by HealthStar Home Health, as part of raising community awareness and providing public education on Alzheimer’s and dementia. HealthStar & the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America encourages screenings for adults with memory concerns, a family history of Alzheimer’s disease or those who want to check their memory now and have the results for future comparison. Warning signs of dementia include forgetting people’s names/events, asking repetitive questions, and confusion over daily routines.

FREE Screenings to be held August 21 – September 1

from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM in the

East Crossroads Auditorium/ HealthFair 11 Bldg.

(Corner of Dan Patch & Cooper).

As many as 70% of families affected by dementia are choosing to keep their loved ones at home for as long as possible, while managing the different stages. Family and caregiver burnout rises dramatically when faced with this disease. HealthStar’s Alzheimer’s & Dementia program provides both in and out of home support to families and caregivers dealing with challenging behaviors associated with the disease. Changes in healthcare, due to high prevalence, allow our nursing experts to provide training, education and non-pharmacologic behavior assistance in the home, which is 100% covered by traditional Medicare and most insurance plans. Memory loss screenings are the first step toward detection and treatment.

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My Good Friend In Australia Requests Your Help To Improve Dementia Care

My Good Friend In Australia Requests Your Help

To Improve Dementia Care

Colin McDonnell with Starrett Lodge of Uniting Care is on a mission to find out some answers and he would like to hear from those with dementia. He is trying to figure out the best way to assist a person with dementia in finding their room. Below are some questions he would like those with dementia to answer.  To do so, just click on comment and write your response.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Here are the questions:

  1. Would a door being painted a specific color of your liking help you recognize your room/home?
  2. What is your favorite color?
  3. How does your favorite color make you feel?
  4. Would a memory box outside of your room/home help trigger you to recognize your room/home?
  5. Of these choices which would you prefer?
  • A painted door
  • A Memory Box outside your door
  • Both
  • Another idea to help you recognize your room/home.  If so, please share with us.

6. What is your favorite color?

7.How does your favorite color make you feel like when?

Here is a great video which will give you an idea of what Starrett Lodge of Uniting Care is up to.

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Thoughts After Viewing “Alive Inside”

Above is a short youtube that ignited the full feature film

Thoughts After Viewing

The Full Film “Alive Inside”

Well I surely was not disappointed!  This is a fun and powerful documentary which will significantly impact most every soul that takes the time to watch it no matter what age.  I was correct in thinking I would be brought to tears by the simplicity and beauty of music.  With only two tissues in my purse I managed to get by.  The passion and drive to make a difference, the effects to not only those with dementia using the iPods, but the energy and joy that was shared captured all who where in the room.  These $40 miracle machines rejuvenated souls and ignited conversations long lost, yet we can not get them paid for.  Instead our society would rather pay for a $1,000/month drug which quiets the mind and does not have a positive impact on engagement and life in general. This we need to change.  I’m sure you will be amazed at what you see the simplicity and power of it.

Please take time to watch this film. 

If you have an old ipod you can donate it or support the project by making a monetary donation.  More information is listed below.

A Magical Film About

Dementia & Music

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“I am so excited to go see this award winning documentary today with my good friend, Sara Barsel.  We are both passionate about changing the worlds perception of dementia and improving services to those dealing with it.  I’ve seen the trailers which are so powerful it’s almost impossible for a person not to be touched.

I will bring my kleenex with not because I will be sad, but for the joy that will seep out of me as I watch.  I encourage everyone to check out the “Alive Inside” website so you can see this film when it comes to your area.  It’s a shame it’s not in ever theater around the world, but with your help in raising awareness of the film and the power it has to help inspire so many maybe, just maybe it will be some day soon!”  

Lori La Bey Founder of Alzheimer's Speaks

Lori La Bey Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

and daughter of a mother who

had dementia 30 years.

Alive Inside is a joyous exploration of our relationship with music and how it can re-awaken our souls to discover the deepest parts of humanity. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he fights against a broken health care system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss in patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and return a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Through illuminating conversations with experts such as renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, and astonishing experiences with patients around the country, revitalized by their love of music, filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett has crafted an uplifting, feel-good cinematic experience that sweeps audiences up in its inspirational and moving story. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Alive Inside leaves viewers humming, clapping and cheering. Official Web Site

Trailer to the movie Alive Inside

News feature on Alive Inside

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Sundance Festival Award Winners

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Alive Inside – A Profound Film On Dementia & Music

 A Magical Film About

Dementia & Music

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“I am so excited to go see this award winning documentary today with my good friend, Sara Barsel.  We are both passionate about changing the worlds perception of dementia and improving services to those dealing with it.  I’ve seen the trailers which are so powerful it’s almost impossible for a person not to be touched.

I will bring my kleenex with not because I will be sad, but for the joy that will seep out of me as I watch.  I encourage everyone to check out the “Alive Inside” website so you can see this film when it comes to your area.  It’s a shame it’s not in ever theater around the world, but with your help in raising awareness of the film and the power it has to help inspire so many maybe, just maybe it will be some day soon!”  

Lori La Bey Founder of Alzheimer's Speaks

 Lori La Bey Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

and daughter of a mother who

had dementia 30 years.

Alive Inside is a joyous exploration of our relationship with music and how it can re-awaken our souls to discover the deepest parts of humanity. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he fights against a broken health care system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss in patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and return a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Through illuminating conversations with experts such as renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, and astonishing experiences with patients around the country, revitalized by their love of music, filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett has crafted an uplifting, feel-good cinematic experience that sweeps audiences up in its inspirational and moving story. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Alive Inside leaves viewers humming, clapping and cheering. Official Web Site

Trailer to the movie Alive Inside

News feature on Alive Inside

For information on the iPod program click below

music_and_memory_logoIn Minnesota and Want Tickets – Click Here

Edina Cinema

3911 West 50th St
Edina, MN 55424

952-920-8796          Movie Line: 952-920-8796

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Sundance Festival Award Winners

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Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Needs Individual With Young Onset Dementia

Nationally Syndicated Talk Show

Wants To Talk With Individual With

Young Onset Dementia

If you are, or know of someone in their 30’s or 40’s with dementia who is willing to talk publicly about their disease, please contact me ASAP. We need to hear from you by the end of this week.

Here is some tentative criteria:

  • Be between 30-40 years old
  • Have a current diagnosis of dementia
  • Prefer they live in the US, but will consider those outside the US
  • Is willing to travel for filming

Contact Lori La Bey if the above fits you or someone else you know and have talked to about the above.

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