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Latest Alzheim'ers & Other Dementia Treatments: Understanding Alzheimer's & Types of Dementia (7 of 7)

Laurie Owen from Home Instead Senior Care and Dr. William Burke from the University of Nebraska Medical Center discuss the latest advancements in treating Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

There is no known specific cause for Alzheimer's and other dementia, but research has allowed us to see the changes that occur in the brain. As a result, many of the new drugs in development aim to impact one or more with the many wide-raging brain changes that Alzheimer's causes.

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  1. May 12, 2012 at 7:49 am | Posted by Halo

    I took the class several years ago and this crreunt update. Very worthwhile.Practical, informative, and fun,Would like to recommend the book Remember by Karen Kingsbury.Though this is a novel, the techniques and realizations of ways to connectand make a difference with a client who has dementia or alzheimers arelife altering both for you and those you are attempting to enrich and guide. The research and experiences of the main character in agroup home for alzheimers clients are always in the back of my mind asI work with anyone who has these observable symptoms. A key concept is to goto their reality and meet with them there. Build trust through thisendeavor and it is amazing the positives that occur. Demanding belligerantly thata person we are assisting conform to our memories and our take on realitysimply creates a barrier to relationship. Most of us are more readily helpedwhen we aren't challenged forcefully but have a sense of comfort while communicating.Our goal is to reach and assist someone and they will know the differenceby the experience we create with careful and thoughtful and humorous and sometimes self deprecating approaches. They sense immediately what our attitude is toward them. Acting as an equal and treating them with respect and as a fellow adult rather than as a child, orincapacitated person (even if they may be at the moment) sets groundwork that you willhave to undo if you intend to be maximally useful to them. It confirms a quote from the book My Stroke of Insight: I am not stupid, I am wounded. There is much we canextrapolate for successful answers in varying circumstances from some of the ideas this neuroanatomist used for recovery from her brain aneurism. Novels or real life. Thanks forthe ideas!!

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  2. April 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Posted by Elizabeth A. O'Kane

    NEED WRITTEN COMMENTARY SINCE MY COMPUTER ACCESS IS AT THE LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY.

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