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Memory care and child day care -- two sides of the same coin

Are we at the crossroads of care? We are at an interesting and somewhat ominous crossroads in the care of those with dementia.  AARP (and the media that quote them endlessly) repeat that adults want to remain in their own home as they age.  Nice goal, but, not such a good fit for everybody. So combine the growing longevity of middle class adults with the beginnings of a multi-year revival in home sales and perhaps home prices, seniors may have an easier time selling and moving that will shift the average age of residents below today's age 89. To families searching for options, expensive assisted living memory units may look like good care options for those with serious functional memory loss.  But are they really good care?

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Securus, Inc. Announces General Availability of eZoom GPS Locator

06/05/2012

Cary, NC (June 5, 2012) — Securus, Inc., the leading provider of mobile safety and security GPS products, announced today the general availability of eZoom GPS locators.  eZoom locators utilize the latest technologies to help consumers keep their loved ones and prized possessions safe.

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Alzheimer's Association -- it's about the cure, but why?

The National Dinner -- heartrending and motivated.  I was fortunate to attend an amazing dinner last night in Washington as a guest of Philips. This looked like, but was no ordinary awards banquet. The National Alzheimer's Dinner, the organization's largest (and most well-attended, ever) Alzheimer's Association annual fundraising event, hosted by Meredith Vieria and with a parade of famous folk. These included Jane Seymour who has made a documentary about Alzheimer's sufferer Glen Campbell, Maria Shriver who produced The Alzheimer's Project on HBO, and Pat Summitt, the famed Tennessee coach who has early onset (beginning at age 58) Alzheimer's Disease, who was there with her son. Beyond those folk (!), the evening's ceremony included heart-stopping comments from individuals who currently have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's. But then the audience stood up in groups -- first to stand were individuals who have a current diagnosis, then those with a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer's, followed by those caregiving for someone with the disease, finally those with a family member who died as a result of Alzheimer's. Emotionally drained yet?

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Bethany Village sees life-changing results in assisted living and skilled nursing residents with high-tech music therapy

03/29/2012

Residents respond quickly to personalized iPod playlists and laser beam music

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Mechanicsburg, PA – Bethany Village has seen surprisingly rapid and positive results through two new high-tech music therapies for residents in assisted living and skilled nursing at the continuing care retirement community. One program has put 48 iPods and personalized playlists into the hands (and ears) of residents age 85 to 97. Another tool, Beamz, lets residents create music by interacting with laser beams, offering a unique and motivating type of fine motor therapy.

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is creating cognitive design standards

03/22/2012

Are your technology products too complex?

Share your frustrations and favorite features for cell phones, microwaves, TV remotes, and other gadgets at the Cognitive Accessibility Facebook page. This project needs your ideas.

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Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Breadcrumb Introduce State-of-the-Art GPS Locator Device to Help Track Wanderers

01/19/2012

NEW YORK, NY – Directly addressing the major—and life-threatening—issue of wandering among individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and Breadcrumb L.L.C. today announced the rollout of a state-of-the-art locator device and caregiver-friendly monitoring system. This innovative new tracking device is designed specifically for the dementia population and aimed at immediately and precisely pinpointing a person’s whereabouts.

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