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Mark Your Calendars For Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Show On Tuesday

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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Show On Tuesday

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We go live at 11am EST, 10am CST, 9am MST, 8am PST and 4pm London

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Giving Voice to All

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Join the Conversation Tuesday Dec. 16th

Lisa Baron 2014 Close UpFounder and Executive Director Lisa Baron, J.D., who established Memory Care Home Solutions will be our first today.  Lisa will explain her unique service she provides families at home caring for loved ones with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Learn how her company can help you and those your know dealing with dementia.

Website                 Phone 314-645-6247

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Ben Mast2Our second guest will be Dr. Ben Mast, author of Second Forgetting who will discuss his book and the importance of his views on dementia.

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Please join us and use the chat box or call in live to join the conversation.

Need ideas for holiday gifts for those with dementia? If so, click here.

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Dear Santa… A Child’s Wish For Christmas At Grandma’s House

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Dear Santa,

Last year I asked you if you could help us have Christmas at Grandma’s house. We had it at what mommy calls ‘the home” instead. It just isn’t the same Santa. Mommy says that’s just the way it is. We are going there again this year because Grandma is still sick. I know she has doctors, why can’t they fix her so we can have her at home? A little while ago, I don’t think she knew who I was and I was her favorite she always whispered to me.

Maybe you can fix her Santa. I miss her smile. My mommy cries and says “that’s just the way it is” I miss Christmas at Grandma’s. The home just isn’t the same. There are some people there that scare me. There are some who just sit there and never move. Mommy says Christmas is about Jesus being born and not about you. She talks a lot to Jesus lately. She talks to him about Grandma, but still cries. We all want to know why Grandma got sick, mommy asks Jesus all the time. I don’t know why daddy left us two years ago. Mommy says he didn’t like how much time and money she was spending on Grandma. Santa why can’t we just have a Christmas at Grandma’s house as a family like we used to?
Anonymous Loving child

Use Music to Engage those with Dementia

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Alzheimer’s Music Connect has some beautiful music to ease the pain of dementia and help you create some wonderful moments, which will last a life time.   I only which my mother was still alive,so I could share with her the new Christmas CD they just released – Memories – The Songs and Spirit of Christmas.  I know she would have loved listening to it, even though the last four years she could no longer sing the words.  Holiday music always put a smile on her has and she would release small giggles of joy as she listened to the music and tapped her fingers and toes to the rhythm.

Click here to listen to some samples of the CD or MP3.

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Altus Oscillation Enhanced Music. Electroencephalography (EEG) testing, which measures electrical impulses occurring in the brain, of this patent pending process conducted with Alzheimer’s and Dementia sufferers, included some or all of the following results:

  • Amplified brain activity in the frontal or parietal lobe;
  • Greater alertness to the present moment;
  • Demonstrated calmness and contentment;
  • Became animated by singing or humming along with the music; and
  • Showed increased brain activity.

Altus Oscillation™—enhanced music will have the same effect on non-Alzheimer’s/Dementia listeners.

Here is a collection you can listen to year round.

Alz Music connect variety pack coverHere is what you will find with this collection.

CD 1: Big Band Medleys (New York City Studio Orchestra) of Al Jolson, Roseland, Boogie Woogie, Dixieland, Palladium Days, Perez Prado – Tito Puente Latin,  Be Bop For Dancing, Stan Kenton (Includes 42 hit songs such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Woodchoppers Ball, S’Wonderful and The Saints Go Marching In. [Playing time: 43:34]

CD 2: The Vocal Standards Collection (The Glenn London Quintet) has 15 hits including Blue Moon, Night and Day,  I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover and Sentimental Journey. [Playing time: 46:44]

CD 3: Instrumental Medleys (The Cherry Valley Trio) features 30 all-time favorites such as An Affair To Remember, The Days Of Wine And Roses, Summertime, I Got It Bad, September Song, When You Wish Upon A Star, Ebb Tide and Georgia On My Mind. [Playing time: 52:04]

CD 4: Light Classical Favorites (Molly Stier, piano) include piano works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and other masters. [Playing time: 61:27]

CD 5: Meditation for the Caregiver (Michelle Elan) has 12 soothing and restful tracks — Angel Air, Heaven Tonight, Featherbed,  Gentle Breath, The Dreamer and more. [Playing time: 53:48]

“Accepting the Challenge — Providing the BEST CARE for PEOPLE with DEMENTIA” (Teepa Snow) [Viewing time: 2:39:09]

This multi-disciplinary training program is used throughout the world to help both professional and family Caregivers provide the best dementia care possible.Its content, divided into 4 modules, provides interactive classroom lectures and demonstrations including interactions with people with dementia.

Divided into four separate modules for progressive learning, Accepting the Challenge provides training on multiple levels for all learning styles. Interactive classroom lecture and demonstration, for example, is followed by on-site interactions with actual assisted living residents to show both the use and effectiveness of the techniques.

Each training module is 45 minutes and covers these important topics:
Module 1: What is Dementia? / Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Module 2: Physical Approach / Communication Skills
Module 3: Offering Assistance / Evaluating Cognitive Levels
Module 4: Meaningful Days (Activities) / Problem Behavior

The DVD also features review capabilities for specific segments within each module and a testing section that allows learners to demonstrate proficiency and receive continuing education credits for dementia-specific training. This valuable training DVD was produced by Alzheimer’s North Carolina, Inc.

For Additional Resources on Dementia and Caregiving

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The Story of Alzheimer’s Music Connect

Like nearly six million other families, Alzheimer’s disease has touched mine. While my family suspected something was wrong with Mom, we were nonetheless devastated when our suspicions were confirmed by her diagnosis. Her first symptoms manifested themselves five years ago and it’s been two years since the diagnosis. In that time, my family and I have witnessed amazing changes in her personality. Where she was once the social “butterfly”, Mom has slowly withdrawn from almost all interaction with friends and to a lesser extent even family.

So, what can be done to keep Mom connected for as long as possible? This question became my quest. With a thirty-year career in the music industry, it was there that I naturally turned for the answer. After months of researching music as a therapy for Alzheimer’s patients, I learned of the incredible impact that a positive musical experience could have on patients from relieving stress and anxiety to improved scores on cognitive-function tests. Therein I found a potential solution to keeping Mom connected, which lead to the creation of Alzheimer’s Music Connect.

Alzheimer’s Music Connect addresses the therapeutic music needs of Patients and their Caregivers. Utilizing an exclusive, patent pending Altus Oscillation technique, Alzheimer’s Music Connect adds rhythmical sound waves that enhance specially selected music resulting in a much more effective listening experience. The goal being to have the Alzheimer’s patient reach a desired “state of mind” i.e., relaxed, calm alertness, a reminiscent or even creative condition. What the company has developed is a non-pharmaceutical product capable of relaxing Alzheimer’s Patients while providing valuable respite for their Caregivers.

We have received reports from both professional and non-professional Caregiver that their patients have displayed an overwhelmingly positive reaction to our music product. Testimonials range from patients expressing recognition of the music by raising their arms up high and patting their feet to singing along with the songs.  Caregivers have also indicated that their patients become relaxed and in turn so do they.

Most people with Alzheimer’s feel content and safe if they have a predictable daily routine, are engaged in activities that are uncomplicated, and receive a daily dose of reassuring experiences. Alzheimer’s Music Connect’s enhanced music has the ability to create that environment and provide the invaluable downtime needed by the Caregiver. This is where Alzheimer’s Music Connect comes in. Our value is in providing “Comfort for Patients—and—Relief for Caregivers.”

With limited access to music therapists and a lack of readily available music programs, the number of patients that currently benefit from having a positive music experience is severely restricted. Alzheimer’s Music Connect has changed that situation. Caregivers now have access to a proven effective, inexpensive means to provide a holistic approach to managing their loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease in their home.

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To learn more about Alzheimer’s Music Connect and to order our products, please visit our website at www.alzheimersmusicconnect.com or contact our Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, Cheryl Khaner, directly at 631.835.9111 or mailto:cheryl@shoplifemusic.com.


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