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Traveling with Dementia – Airport Stories Survey

Times are Changing – Be Part of the Change!

I’m so proud to announce our Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group is Launching a Survey to Research How to Make Airports More Dementia-Friendly!

We Need Your HelpDementia Travel Data is Lacking

Our Twin Cities Minnesota Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group has launched an online survey, Traveling with Dementia – Airport Stories Survey, to gather information and stories about air travel experiences from persons with dementia and their care partners.

The Working Group is made up of researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and a group of area residents, professionals in aging and dementia services, Australian researchers responsible for the Brisbane Airport’s dementia-friendly designation, and others. The effort is organized and led by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team (Rsvl A/D).

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The motivation for the Traveling with Dementia – Airport Stories Survey is the recognition that airports are often difficult places to be for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Navigating security and dealing with the noise and crowds can lead to anxiety and confusion. While there are many anecdotes about air travel experiences of people living with dementia, there is almost no hard data. This survey is designed to address that gap, and will hopefully lead to improved services.

The survey covers travelers’ experiences, from booking flights to arriving at their destination, and encompasses travel within and outside the U.S. Respondents will remain anonymous.

The Survey is available at http://bit.ly/DementiaFriendlyAirports through Sept. 15, 2019.

The survey project began in 2018, when , a dementia-caregiver researcher at the University of Minnesota, was lecturing in Australia. He learned of Brisbane Airport’s dementia-friendly designation and met the Australian researchers responsible for this work. Gaugler contacted Rsvl A/D founder Sara Barsel and suggested that Rsvl A/D lead similar efforts locally. Barsel proposed a collaboration with the Brisbane Airport project’s lead researcher, Dr. Maria O’Reilly, and the Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group was organized.

“There is tremendous excitement about this effort on the part of dementia service providers, travelers and their companions dealing with dementia,” said Barsel. “Navigating airports can be daunting for anyone, but especially for people with hidden disabilities like dementia.”

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What Questions You Have For Those Living With Dementia?

Below Video compliments of Dementia Chats

Those with dementia talk needs and strategies to incorporate when building dementia friendly communities and businesses.

Find out 1) who do you need on your team and why. 2) Why are the little things so important. 3) What others are doing that is working well.

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Finding Balance

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Quality Aging Survey – Take it Now!

Take The Survey Now and Help Define

What “Quality” Means to You and Your Family!

Open To All In The U.S.

University of Minnesota PhD candidate Heather Davila describes a survey to get input from people age 55+ family members, and professionals who work in the field of aging services about which aspects of “quality” in aging services matter most.

To take the survey go here: www.tinyurl.com/Qagesurvey

Contact: Heather Davila,

Email:  wood0132@umn.edu


Join the Dementia Friendly Cruise –

Before We Set Sail!

We are honored by your response to our offering of the Dementia Friendly Symposium and Cruise and we are encouraging people to book their cabins before we are sold out!

For more details on the symposium and cruise go to https://alzheimersspeaks.com/cruise-with-us

Click here for the Symposium Program

Kathy Shoaf the travel agent handling the symposium and cruise can be reached at: 219-608-2002 or email her at Kathy.Shoaf@CruisePlanners.com


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Push Research Forward- Join the A-List

An Important message from our friend Meryl Comer:

Only twice in my twenty plus years as an Alzheimer’s caregiver has a doctor ever asked whether I was doing okay. Yet my husband would have never made the clinic appointment on time if I had not gotten up extra early to bathe, dress, feed, manage his resistance and drive him there. Now here’s a chance to be heard!

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic want to learn what matters most to you when you go to the doctor with your loved one. They need volunteers for an online focus group who are current or former caregivers for a loved one with dementia.

Click here to learn more about this important Mayo Clinic caregiver study asking what matters to you when you go to the doctor with a loved one.

Study participants will be asked to join an online focus group and answer several questions over a week and a half posted by the moderator. Participants can choose to remain anonymous. Their goal is to help healthcare providers better support and communicate with caregivers by learning:

  • How health care providers can best help caregivers provide optimal care to loved ones while maintaining their own health.
  • How involved caregivers want to be their loved ones’ healthcare.
  • What the ideal “care team” looks like.

Please click here for more information about this important Mayo Clinic caregiver study.

Your opinions are critical to improving the experience for all caregivers when they accompany loved ones to doctor’s appointments. Let’s not miss this opportunity to make doctors tune into what matters to us.

Meryl Comer, A-List Team Member & 20-year Alzheimer’s care partner




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“eNeighbor” A New Study on Remote Health Monitoring System


A New Study on Remote Health Monitoring System

Participants to live within 2.5 hours of the Twin cities in Minnesota

Are you, a family member, or someone who cares be interested in being part of an exciting new study.  The University of Minnesota is examining the efficacy of a remote health monitoring system for persons with memory loss and their family members called the “eNeighbor.”   They believe utilization of the eNeighbor remote sensor technology could provide you with the ability to identify and monitor changes in activities of daily living that may prevent negative health events for the person with memory loss whom you care for, and thus result in reduced distress for family members.

The University is asking​ ​​family members​​ to sit down with a research coordinator to complete an initial 45-minute interview.  After that, ​the family caregiver​ ​will be randomly assigned like the flip of a coin to either receive the eNeighbor technology for free over 18 months or to a “control” group that does not receive this technology.  The Director of Nursing and Technology will then visit the person with memory loss’ home to conduct a needs assessment and help the family caregiver​​ install and use eNeighbor.  After that, they will ask all participants to complete a 6, 12, and 18 month follow-up interviews/surveys.  A month after ​the family caregiver​ complete​s​​ the use of eNeighbor, they may ask ​the family caregiver​ to sit down with a research coordinator for around an hour or so to see how well eNeighbor worked for ​her/him​ ​ or the person with memory loss.

For those who are not randomly assigned to eNeighbor group, they will provide the technology to​​ use for free for an 18-month period at the end of the project on a first-come, first-serve basis.

​I​s this something you, a family member, or a person you know who is caring for​ someone with dementia might be interested in?  If so,   Please contact Dr. Gaugler to schedule an informational interview at a location of your ​or the family member’s ​choosing.

By Email –  gaug0015@umn.edu

By Phone – 612-626-2485

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Food and Your Health

Food and Your Health

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine once said, “Let food be thy medicine.”Can food help prevent memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and other chronic illnesses? I believe it can.

In fact, I believe that food is the original and best medicine and one of the best ways for to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Today this idea has become one of the guiding principles of healthy living. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Every schoolchild knows that one. Beyond that, there are certain foods that activate our body’s natural healing force. When this takes place-when we eat specific foods in a carefully chosen way–we are able to prevent and heal scores of ailments safely and effectively.

Ancient wisdom, mixed with modern medical science, shows us exactly how nutrition can be used to fight disease and foster well-being. Further examples utilizing this concept include using salmon as medicine, because of its rich content of the salubrious fat DHA, important for optimal cardiovascular and brain function. Soy, known for its isoflavones, which are anticancer, and the ancient yogic food combination of mung beans and basmati rice for healing chronic illness, especially in the elderly are other examples.

My intense interest in this topic led me to attend one of the most enlightening medical conferences I have ever been to.
The theme was “Food as Medicine: Integrating Nutrition into Clinical Practice and Medical Education” and was sponsored by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington DC., in association with the University of Minnesota and, Georgetown University School of Medicine. The conference was underwritten by a grant from the H.P. Wallace Foundation.

The meals served at the conference were organized to exemplify what we were learning: to take better care of ourselves and guide our patients. The food was absolutely delicious and gave all the participants the experience of knowing that if you eat well, you feel well and can have great energy and enthusiasm for life. Moreover, each day the conference began with yoga class which was so well attended that a second room had to be opened to accommodate all the people who wanted to start their day in a very positive way.

Like most physicians, I received very little nutritional education in medical school and as an anesthesiologist, healthful eating was nor part of my training. I’ve been studying holistic health and nutrition on my own, however, for over 20 years. Plus, as a clinician treating patients with short term memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other conditions, I have a rich and varied experience in prescribing dietary changes to help my patients heal. But I wanted to learn even more, because I had heard about most of it, although I had not studied it completely.
I fully understood the impact this material is going to have upon the lives of so many people. Upon delving deeper into this subject however, I realized just how profound this work is and I can tell you without hesitation that this is the future of medicine.

Let’s take the concept of food and nutrients as information-rich biochemical messenger molecules. This is far-reaching. As a board certified anesthesiologist, medical acupuncturist and author of seven books incorporating integrative concepts including yoga and meditation, I believe I understand the theory behind messenger molecules.

Food can send a positive or negative signal to your body. In fact, in a manner not unlike acupuncture, this message can affect your genes and the proteins they synthesize. Some foods are very stimulating and present a signal reflecting the frenetically-paced microsecond world in which we live. These are acid-forming foods or what Dr. Bland refers to as yang foods. Yang is a Chinese medical term meaning hot, or stimulating. When your body is too yang this imbalance can lead to pain from inflammation or may also lead to hypertension.

Red meat is a prime example of a yang food. It is digested to form amino acids which are themselves further broken down as they enter the bloodstream. Once in your blood, amino acids may relay a stress signal to the receptors on cellular membranes. This harmful cellular stress effect, especially when it occurs over and over again, may cause the genetic machinery to produce prostaglandins that can lead to the production of an inflammatory response. Over time this chronic condition of cellular “over stress” may lead to illnesses such as arthritis and autoimmune disorders such as lupus and cancer.

If the yang energy foods in your diet are balanced with some nice alkaline foods such as fresh organic fruits and vegetables, including asparagus, kiwi fruit and perhaps some watermelon, we are countering that negative signal which may lead to illness. This is referred to in Chinese medicine as yin or something that has a relaxed, soft or calming effect. In this way, food can either serve to cause serious illness over time, or food can be the best healing medicine.

We also learned about the importance of omega-3 fatty acids such as the DHA I mentioned was found in salmon. It is also important to provide adequate amounts of this good fat for optimal health and healing by using vegetarian sources such as flax and hemp.

In conclusion, learning to eat as medicine is an ongoing process and one that we would all be wise to pursue for Alzheimer’s prevention and to retain brain longevity®.

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
President and Medical Director








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Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference 

June 2nd, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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