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Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Living With Dementia as a Family

Dr. Ruth Westheimer discusses impact of dementia on caregiving partners

February 22, 2013

Dr. Ruth Kandel

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times.

Family Caregivers

Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s advice for spouses

February 20, 2013

Dr. Ruth's Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times.

Seniors and Artistic Expression

September 26, 2012

Senior painting

@SueGuest asked a great question on Twitter yesterday in response to our blog post about our upcoming professional conference, 

ARTZ and Dementia: Innovation, Inclusion & Creative Expression Conference at Hebrew SeniorLife

September 25, 2012

patient and nurse

I find my work with older adults to be rewarding on so many levels. It is a privilege to be invited into an individual’s life and truly make a difference in how he or she experiences this important stage in the aging process. I  have worked in assisted living for more than 19 years and have experienced the power the arts has in giving a voice to seniors who struggle with cognitive decline. I’m thrilled to share an opportunity for professionals, to learn more about the role the arts can play in the lives of people living with dementia and to share their own stories.  We’ve designed an outstanding conference for eldercare professionals entitled: ARTZ and Dementia: Innovation, Inclusion & Creative Expression.

Alzheimer’s + hospitalization + delirium: not a good mix

Study could lead to better care and outcomes for hospitalized seniors

July 17, 2012

Among hospitalized Alzheimer’s patients, a substantial proportion of risk for adverse outcomes could be attributed to delirium, including 6.2 percent of deaths, 15.2 percent of institutionalization, and 20.6 percent of cognitive decline. This information, yielded from a study recently conducted by the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR), confirms that for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the combination of a hospital stay and delirium can pose increased risks.

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