Archive for the ‘Alzheimer’s Disease’ Category

Back to School With Alzheimer’s

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Jamie

Alzheimer’s in School

back to schoolIt’s September – school is back in session and I recently came across a few articles I want to share. The first, from Colorado Public Radio about intergenerational learning where a group of seventh graders in Denver were involved in a service learning project featuring seniors with Alzheimer’s.

The second article is within the first one as a link to England’s Intergenerational Schools Project. In 2012, the UK Alzheimer’s Society began working on the Dementia4Schools Project as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia. The project has become a comprehensive (and accredited) model for education in the classroom and in the community too. There are now hundreds of schools in England termed “dementia-friendly”.

The third features an inner-city charter school in Cleveland where residents of a local retirement community, including those with Alzheimer’s, are volunteers.

These are the facts:
• More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and that number is growing fast.
• Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease.
• One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease.
• It is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. It is the 6th leading cause of death here.

Integrating Alzheimer’s education into the school curriculum makes so much sense, as we can see from the facts above, Alzheimer’s affects almost everyone in the U.S. directly or indirectly. Through education, our children would develop compassion and empathy while removing the isolation or stigma that having a family member with Alzheimer’s might otherwise cause. In addition, students would learn valuable social skills and create connections with a different generation. These connections would also benefit the older participant.
Resources for Kids (and You)

Even though we do not have a call to action here in the United States to educate our kids about Alzheimer’s in school, there are resources for you, your family and beyond. These are from the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center at the National Institute on Aging. Here are videos and resources for children and young people from the “Life with Alzheimer’s Disease” section of the Alzheimer’s Association website. Use the left column navigation to select books and videos by age.

 
Back to the facts: unfortunately, by 2050, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds and the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease. With this in mind, we owe it to every citizen to increase awareness and understanding for those moving through the stages of Alzheimer’s and their families, friends, neighbors and communities.

The End of Alzheimer’s Starts With You and Me

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by Jamie

Walk to End Alzheimer'sThe End Of Alzheimer’s Starts With You

That is the one of the Alzheimer’s Association slogans. Yesterday was the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Shelburne, Vermont. The Walk is the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest national event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Vermont Walks were held in Rutland and St. Johnsbury earlier this month; the last one is in Bennington on September 25.

 

This was my first Walk. As the daughter and former full-time Caregiver to a parent with dementia, I was very moved. It was a sea of purple; a visual illustrating how many of us have been touched by the disease. The Promise Garden was also powerful. Each registered walker chose a Promise Garden flower that best represented their connection to the disease: blue represents someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, purple is for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease, yellow represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and orange is for everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. After the official kick-off -complete with surprise appearance by Vermont’s own Grace Potter– the Walk began and volunteers stayed behind to “plant” our chosen flowers. Shelburne Museum provided the perfect backdrop for the Walk with its gorgeous grounds, buildings and outdoor exhibits. Finishing the Walk and looking out at the Promise Garden was a sight I won’t soon forget; I am already looking forward to the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

 

Armistead Senior Care was proud to volunteer, walk and participate. We are honored to be a part of such a special day and we appreciate all of the planning and hard work put in by our local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and their volunteer committees. Thank You-Walk To End Alzheimer'sand the End of Alzheimer’s Starts With All Of Us.

 

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The Day After The Longest Day

Posted on: June 21st, 2016 by Jamie

We participated in The Longest Day yesterday; it was a wonderful day to reflect on daily living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia’s.
Yesterday was the first of what will be an annual event on Church Street in Burlington. We were proud to walk alongside the Alzheimer’s Association, individuals, family members, Caregivers, and community members to shine a big purple spotlight on the difficulty of caring for those with this condition.

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As we marched down Church Street and rallied around the steps of City Hall, I was watching the face of the spectators. I saw some with puzzled looks on their faces, but I saw many who were nodding in a knowing manner; they were aware. For those who were puzzled and don’t know what it takes to care for someone with Alzheimer’s, it is truly hard to imagine. That is why we need events like The Longest Day- public displays of appreciation for Caregiver’s, their families and education for everyone.

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The Longest Day on Monday June 20th

Posted on: June 17th, 2016 by Jamie

This Monday, Armistead Senior Care is participating in The Longest Day, an Alzheimer’s Association® event held annually on the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. This event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their Caregivers.

 

We will be hosting a BBQ lunch at both our Vermont and New Hampshire locations for our Caregiver’s and community members. At 4:00 pm, we will attend the Rally on the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington. Our purpose is to acknowledge & honor the compassion and dedication of the 30,000 unpaid VT Caregivers assisting their loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia. For many individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their Caregivers, every day can be the longest day.

 

At 5:00, wearing accents of purple in solidarity, we’ll march from the top of Church Street to the steps of City Hall. Upon arrival at City Hall, we’ll enjoy a brief and joyous program celebrating our loved ones with Alzheimer’s and their Caregivers. Featured speakers include Emcee Ginny McGehee, WJOY radio personality; Martha Richardson, Alzheimer’s Association executive director; and Nancy Sterns Bercaw, mission speaker, local author and Alzheimer’s advocate.

 

“Alzheimer’s disease is a thief in that it steals a person’s dignity and independence, and mental and physical health. We WILL find a cure for Alzheimer’s with your help. The Longest Day Rally on Church Street is free and open to the public but donations to the Alzheimer’s Association® are greatly appreciated.”

 

Let’s #GoPurple for Alzheimer’s Awareness! 

 

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Please Join Us for a showing of the Glen Campbell documentary, I’ll Be Me

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 by Jamie

Armistead Senior Care and The Arbors at Shelburne are sponsoring a free movie night this Wednesday, May 4th.

“I’ll Be Me is the story of musician Glen Campbell embarking on a farewell tour after he is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It reveals how Glen and his family navigate the unpredictable nature of the disease through love, laughter, and music.” The documentary was released in 2014.

The Arbors is at 687 Harbor Road, Shelburne VT 05482; please RSVP (802) 985-8600.

Doors open at 6:00 pm and the movie begins at 6:30; refreshments will be served.

I had the chance to see this film in March; I think it does a great job of showing the full spectrum of how Alzheimer’s affects not only the person diagnosed with the disease but everyone around the person. In this case, the person happens to be a famous singer, songwriter and musician. Glen, his wife, three of his children and his long-time support staff performed 151 concerts between August 2011 and November 2012. For Glen Campbell, this was an amazing feat, considering that Alzheimer’s disease prevented Glen from being able to locate the bathroom in his own home. The family bravely shares so much, anyone who has experienced what Alzheimer’s does to a loved one will easily relate to their story. If anyone hasn’t had the personal experience, this documentary will be a touching eye-opener.

The subtitle of the movie is “Glen Campbell – His Music is Legendary. His Story is Human”. Looking back at his career on stage and screen is great, especially if you are familiar with his work. The humanity of his situation is heartbreaking…and very real. The humanity of his family and his fans is uplifting and illustrates the importance of acceptance. The interviews with other famous musicians, Bruce Springsteen, Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley, etc., are also very human as they, too, have loved ones with Alzheimer’s. The final moments of the film are scenes from the last time Glen Campbell was in the recording studio. He was recording the song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, an ode to his wife, Kim, and to the reality of Alzheimer’s disease. Thank you Campbell family for sharing your story with us.

Please join us to view this moving documentary.

 
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