When doctors began studying Alzheimer’s it was initially thought that age-related memory loss was an early indication of Alzheimer’s but in a study performed at Columbia University Medical Center, researchers were able to confirm that age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s were two distinct conditions. In this particular study they also discovered a possible reason for age-related memory loss and that this condition might be reversible!
Amy Shives is one of the founding members of Dementia Alliance International and she recently spoke at the Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Advocacy Forum in Washington DC last month. Dementia Alliance International is a non-profit organization of people who have been diagnosed with dementia from the USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany and other countries. Their goal is to represent, support and educate others living with the disease and change the language and perception of dementia to that of what a person CAN do, not what they CAN’T. Amy’s story is one of courage and hope in fighting the stigma of younger on-set Alzheimer’s and dementia in general. She talks about her own experience with her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and then her own diagnosis at age 50. Among other things she says that those who have dementia don’t wish to be know as “suffering” from Alzheimer’s disease but as “people who have Alzheimer’s”. They are people first and have many capabilities despite their diagnosis. Watch below to see Amy’s amazing speech.
A new study as reported at Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly seems to suggest at least in preliminary research that being overweight and even obese might help prevent dementia. Research by Dr. Nawab Qizilbash and associates was done at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and OXON Epidemiology. The study followed 2 million people with an average age of 55 over 2 decades. The premise of the research was to see if there was a correlation between between BMI and risk of dementia.
Thank you so much for the loving care you gave to our mother since she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. It is impossible to list the many people and services that were provided, but please know how much each and every one of you was loved and appreciated by our family. We know she counted each of you as a friend. The caregiver became a dear, dear friend to our mother. She truly went the extra mile in every way. We know that it is a very special work that you do each day, and you were truly a blessing in our mother’s life. Thank you!
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Thanks to you all for the care you gave to my mother. You are all so wonderful and caring.
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Can't thank you enough for all the support, effort, and work you all gave us when mom was a client. I truly know her life was enriched by [Aspen] Activity Days! I will be forever thankful to you and your program! Special thanks to Adam and Kara, we love them forever!
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The caregiver is sympathetic, accommodating, and has gotten to know my grandfather so they have a friendship. She brings over newspaper clippings that she finds funny and they sit and talk at the table about life and the past.
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The services have had a huge impact on my life because the caregivers do all the things that I can't do.
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The caregivers listen and the services have always been excellent. They ask me about my mother, they know about her and observe what they need to do. This was penicillin to the soul.
Thank you so much for years of follow through and kindness to me and my family. We love and appreciate your whole staff! Thank you for all you do! We are so happy you are in our lives.
My caregiver really cares about my wife. She helps my wife get around better, visits with her, keeps her company, and they go on walks together. My caregiver does anything we need done.
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They're a great relief. I work full-time, so there's no way that I could help my father every day. It's a relief to know that there's someone there every day. They're reliable, their caregivers are excellent, and they always have a backup schedule if someone can't come.
The services from Aspen Senior Care made me feel like my father was being cared for by people that truly care about him.
When my Aspen caregiver comes she provides good company for me, does a really good job with things I have asked her to do, and she makes me laugh. My caregiver really helps me because she does a lot of cleaning for me since I have a bad back and can't do it.
My mom really enjoys the caregiver's company and is comfortable with them in the home. Aspen Senior Care has caring, good, and kind caregivers.
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Thanks for the great service and wonderful caregivers you provide to care for my mom.
The services were quite helpful. It gave me a little bit of freedom. Aspen Senior Care did a lot of things that we had been doing such as helping my loved one with chores, cleaning, and talking and visiting with her.
The caregivers are always so positive, encouraging, and happy!
The most helpful things they do are prepare meals, clean the house, and help me with projects. They know what they are supposed to do and they do their best to keep busy from the moment they come to the moment they leave.
The caregivers are very good at communicating and have been great. They are genuinely compassionate.
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My mom can't do anything for herself so the services from Aspen Senior Care have helped a lot. The caregiver helps my mom with bathing, dressing, and getting her up. They talk to her and handle her with care.
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Dear Aspen Senior Care,
We wanted to thank you for providing some very kind care for our dad! It was a short time but it really helped us as a family when we really needed it. Thanks to his caregiver, AJ, for his time and energy as he worked with Dad! He really enjoyed visiting with him!
The Webster Family
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