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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Washington Post Highlights Ecumen Awakenings™

Ecumen Awakenings™ is in the national spotlight as the recipient of the Excellence in Dementia Care award from LeadingAge, a national association of nonprofit aging services providers. Washington Post Reporter Tara Bahrampour interviewed Ecumen nurses Shelley Matthes and Maria Reyes about the history, methods and success of the program in this Q & A in the Post.

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Just Think of What a Small Portion of Johnson & Johnson’s Legal Settlement Could do to Improve Dementia Care

One way that pharmaceutical companies could be extremely helpful in helping the world change its dementia care for the better is to help highlight when not to use antipsychotics and to support a national campaign on more holistic, integrated dementia care.  A small portion of that $2.2 billion settlement could go a long way in that effort.  Until we have a cure, we must provide the absolute best care.

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Speaking the Language of Dementia

By Jim Gross, Executive Director, Ecumen in Owatonna

One of our memory care residents here at Ecumen in Owatonna often shifts from speaking English to speaking Dutch. It’s not all that unusual for dementia to transport people deep into their past to the native language that was spoken in their homes growing up.

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Kudos to American Psychiatric Association for Campaign to Reduce Antipsychotics in Dementia Care

We have experienced through Ecumen Awakenings how collaboration between long-term care professionals and physicians can have a dramatic impact on reducing antipsychotic medications in dementia care and improve lives. The American Psychiatric Association is calling for change. They have issued a statement that antipsychotic medications should not be the first treatments doctors or patients think of when dealing with dementia in an elderly person, behavior problems in a child or insomnia in an adult.

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Ecumen Awakenings Insights – Going Beyond Drugs to Calm ‘Behaviors’ of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

Ecumen Director of Quality Improvement Shelley Matthes discusses going beyond drugs to calm 'behaviors' of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias.

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Reducing the Use of Antipsychotic Medications for People Living with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

The role of antipsychotics in care for Alzheimer's and related dementias is changing, which is a very good thing.

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