World Alzheimer's Report 2013 Illlustrates Need for Integrated, Whole-Person Alzheimer's Care

Until there is an Alzheimer’s cure, there must be the very best care.  That rings loud and clear to us at Ecumen as we look at the World Alzheimer Report 2013: ‘Journey of Caring:  An analysis of long-term care for dementia.”  As this disease impacts more and more people, it's imperative that we have people throughout the care profession who can help create a standard of care that honors a whole person's being and doesn't look to antipsychotic medications as a default way to "care."  B

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Common Drugs Proving Harmful to Aging Brains

Common drugs, like sedating antihistamines such as Benadryl, are proving to be especially toxic to the aging brain. Recent research has linked several widely used drugs to lowering brain function and contributing to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Called “anticholinergic” drugs, they lower neurotransmitters and cause sedation. These drugs are in many allergy medications, painkillers, bladder control drugs and muscle relaxants, and some are widely available over-the-counter.

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Great Minds Gala Video: Ashley and Shannon Campbell Perform Tribute to their Father

Ashley and Shannon Campbell, children of legendary country music singer Glen Campbell, gave a stunning performance to cap last night's Great Minds Gala in Washington, D.C. Campbell was honored at the Gala for his and his family's efforts toward continued research, education and support for those living with Alzheimers. Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2011, after which he and his family decided to launch a Glen Campbell goodbye tour, giving him a chance to connect with family, friends and fans through music.

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A Must-Read: Washington Post Brings Caregiving Crisis Front and Center

If you’re not already a caregiver to a loved one, chances are high you will be one day.  The constellation of issues you are, or will be, facing are daunting.  And even if you’re never in this role, the looming crisis is sure to have major societal effects that will impact everyone. 

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Ecumen To Receive National Award for Excellence in Dementia Care

Ecumen will receive a national honor March 17 as the winner of the Excellence in Dementia Care Award presented by LeadingAge and EMA at the Great Minds Gala in Washington, D.C.

Ecumen is receiving the award for its Awakenings program, which over the last five years has significantly reduced the use of antipsychotic drugs on dementia residents in its communities by implementing non-pharmaceutical approaches to managing challenging behaviors associated with dementia.

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Actor-Comedian Seth Rogen's Quest to Teach Young People About Alzheimer's

Actor-Comedian Seth Rogen had a personal experience with Alzheimer's that changed his thinking and focused his attention on educating others. When his mother-in-law was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, he saw the "ugly truth" about the disease and created "Hilarity for Charity" to educate younger people and mobilize support for finding a cure. In this testimony before a Senate Committee, Rogen tells his story with passion, conviction and humor.

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Ecumen's Maria Reyes To Speak at March 1 Conference for People With Dementia and Their Caregivers

The annual “Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference” will be held March 1, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Saint Paul River Center to inform and support people with dementia along with their family and friends and professional caregivers.

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