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Dementia

 
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Probe Uncovers Latest Big Pharma Ploy Aimed at Elderly

An investigative report by cable TV network CNN has found that the manufacturer of a prescription medication intended to treat a rare condition is making hundreds of millions of dollars each year by targeting frail and elderly nursing home residents for whom the drug may be unnecessary or even unsafe.

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Webinar to Discuss Dementia Care in HCBS Settings

Scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. ET, the webinar will include a discussion of how the federal and state governments are addressing the provision of supports to individuals living with dementia in the process of bringing states into compliance with the 2014 federal HCBS regulations.

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Agency Offers Guidance to Help Explain HCBS Safeguards

As states move toward increased home and community-based services (HCBS), one important issue is how individual choice and community access are safeguarded for persons with dementia, particularly those persons who are prone to wandering. To give guidance to states and stakeholders, CMS has released FAQs concerning Medicaid Beneficiaries in Home and Community-based settings who exhibit unsafe wandering or exit-seeking behavior.

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Addressing the Risks of Undiagnosed Dementia

Initial signs can be difficult to spot. They may be transient or they may be mistaken for the ‘senior moment’ instance of memory loss that is taken as a natural consequence of aging. A person may seem like ‘themselves’ -- perfectly lucid and functioning well -- on one day but agitated, confused and angry or withdrawn the next.

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Researcher’s Test Results Show Brain ‘Speed Training’ Really Works

The researcher who presented results last week at the Alzheimer's Association's annual international conference showing that computerized brain speed training can lower dementia risk took to the podium again Thursday (Aug.4) at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association to explain why and how speed training achieves its results.

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DC Hospitality Exec to Take ‘80,000 Steps to a Cure’

A Washington, DC hospitality executive is poised to make a 41-mile walk on Christmas Day in an effort to draw attention to the families that cannot spend the holidays with loved ones due to the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Darkened Humor Could Signal Increased Risk of Dementia

Researchers from University College London (UCL) in the UK found that people whose sense of humor became darker with age were more likely to have behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) -- a form of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) characterized by changes in behavior -- and that this change in humor began years before disease onset.

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Dementia Care Subject of Innovative Training Program

Training in person-directed dementia care shifts perceptions and supports the reduction of anti-psychotic drug use, according to an audit report about a project underwritten by a grant from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). The project focused on “Dementia Beyond Drugs” training as provided by The Eden Alternative, an international nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for elders and their caregivers.

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New Dementia Care Training Video Now Available

A meaningful understanding of dementia is essential to any dementia care provider’s toolbox, but being armed with the just basics is not enough. Today’s professional needs a host of other skills and sensitivities to make a positive difference in the quality of life of people with dementia and their families.

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