dementia care

Includes reference to dementia and possible use of tracking devices and other mitigating technology to assist families who have a relative with dementia

The Age of Alzheimer's

A call to action to invest US dollars for Alzheimer's to change the 2020 bleak outlook for the disease.

10/28/2010 Launches First Customizable Alzheimer's Resource for Family Caregivers


New survey shows caregivers struggle with delayed diagnosis and lack of insight: Caregiving is more stressful than the economy >>> Read more . . .'s Alzheimer's Steps & Stages Tool -- Reviewed introduces Alzheimer's Steps&Stages assessment tool, reviewed here in the NY Times.


Why isn't tech more appealing?

Lots of 'health' invention.  Next week I am going to Connected Health in Boston, where I will no doubt walk up and down aisles filled with medication management, chronic disease devices, and every type of tech to help doctors do a better job of care of their patients -- and presumably to help patients take better care of themselves. >>> Read more . . .

Memories, Unlocked

Old movies enable those with dementia to recapture old memories.


Devices on horizon aim to help Alzheimer's, dementia patients

To use the MemeXerciser (Carnegie Mellon project), a person with memory loss wears a small Microsoft-built camera that automatically takes hundreds of pictures during a selected activity — a party, a wedding, a day trip.


Caregivers struggle with balancing act (part 1 of series)

Transportation, respite services, support for caregivers, home care, affordable services and increased awareness were cited as areas needing attention.


Men have more "senior moments" of memory loss than women

In a study, 19% of men age 70-89 had mild cognitive impairment, compared to 14% of women.


Years later, no magic bullet against Alzheimer's

An analysis of the study quality of potential remedies associated with Alzheimer's disease. 


It's disappointing: tech to prevent wandering in independent or assisted living

Tracking people when they're gone - or noticing before they've left?  I spent the weekend researching various technology offerings that might prevent an 87-year-old able-bodied person with dementia from wandering beyond a specified area in independent or assisted living campuses. I've looked into it -- and I have to say, I am disappointed -- the hype exceeds at least my research reality.That GPS shoe hyped in the press? I just called -- it will be out now in the Spring, 2011. Geo-fencing devices like SentryGPS, Alzguard -- require placing a device in the pocket that is easily discarded into the trash by a wandering senior. LoJack, EmFinders, The Alzheimer's ComfortZone, etc. all help find a person who is already lost -- and require involvement of local police departments.  And based on Internet searching of the 'geo-fencing' ideas, the websites and references indicate to me that they aren't that widely deployed. >>> Read more . . .

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