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November 01, 2018

Joining forces to:

*  Educate ourselves about fraudulent
   practices and threats to our aged parents' well-being.

*  Stay patient as adult caregivers, through shared resources and ideas

You are not alone!  "Sandwich Generation" women contribute an estimated $470 billion in unpaid assistance annually. 

November 01, 2018

Welcome! I’m Annie Fenn, a physician and chef who specializes in cooking for brain health. I created Brain Health Kitchen to show you all the ways to take care of your brain, based on the latest science.

Clinical Trials, Trial Match

Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch® is a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that generates customized lists of studies based on user-provided information. You can easily see what studies you may qualify for. Our continually updated database contains more than 250 studies, including both pharmacological (drug) and non-pharmacological (non-drug) studies being conducted at sites across the country and online.

Driving Resource Center

Driving demands quick reaction time and fast decision making — because of this, a person with Alzheimer's will eventually become unable to drive. Dealing with the issue early on can help ease the transition.

Driving Safety

The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence® has created helpful publications on topics ranging from family conversations about driving safety to home design ideas. Many were developed from research conducted jointly by the Center and the MIT AgeLab.

Relaxation Therapy

Relaxation techniques include a number of practices such as progressive relaxation, guided imagery, biofeedback, self-hypnosis, and deep breathing exercises. The goal is similar in all: to produce the body’s natural relaxation response, characterized by slower breathing, lower blood pressure, and a feeling of increased well-being.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Mind and body practices focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior.

There are many types of meditation, but most have four elements in common: a quiet location with as few distractions as possible; a specific, comfortable posture (sitting, lying down, walking, or in other positions); a focus of attention (a specially chosen word or set of words, an object, or the sensations of the breath); and an open attitude (letting distractions come and go naturally without judging them).

Alzforum (Research website)

Stay up to date with the latest Alzheimer's disesase news!

NIH funded Alzheimer’s Disease Centers

The National Institute on Aging funds Alzheimer's Disease Centers (ADCs) at major medical institutions across the United States. Researchers at these Centers are working to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and care for people with Alzheimer's disease, as well as finding a way to cure and possibly prevent Alzheimer's.

For patients and families affected by Alzheimer's disease, the ADCs offer:

  • Help with obtaining diagnosis and medical management (costs may vary—Centers may accept Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance)

  • Information about the disease, services, and resources

  • Opportunities for volunteers to participate in clinical trials and studies and patient registries

  • Support groups and other special programs for volunteers and their families

National Institute on Aging

NIH At a Glance: A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world.

AD8 Dementia Screening Interview

A screening test in itself is insufficient to diagnose a dementing disorder.  The AD8 is, however, quite sensitive to detecting early cognitive changes associated many common dementing illness including Alzheimer disease, vascular demen tia, Lewy body dementia and frontotemporal dementia.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer's Associations Mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through advancement of research; to provid eand enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of Dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures

2017 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

Help in the Home

In-home care includes a wide range of services provided in the home, rather than in a hospital or care facility. It can allow a person with Alzheimer's or other dementia to stay in his or her own home. It also can be of great assistance to caregivers.

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