Archive for January, 2011

5621_FtMyers_Flyer_1-2 What What About Me? When Wednesday, February 9, 2011 5:00pm – program is from 5-6:30 pm – All Ages Where Arden Courts (map) 15950 McGregor Boulevard Fort Myers, FL 33908 Other InfoThis seminar focuses on adult children of those with Alzheimer’s Disease. The topics include: – What to do – Hopeful Planning Call 454-1277 for information and reservations. « Back to the calendar

What Remembering What Not To Forget When Tuesday, February 8, 2011 1:00pm – program is from 1-2:30 pm – All Ages Where FGSU Renaissance Academy (map) 10501 FGCU Blvd. South Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565 Other InfoThis free seminar, given by Dr. Bill Beckwith will provide you with valuable information regarding: – Aging and memory – Improve memory – Sharpen your brain skills Please call 425-3272 for information and reservations. « Back to the calendar

What Remembering What Not To Forget When Wednesday, February 2, 2011 1:30pm – program is from 1:30-3 pm – All Ages Where FGCU Renaissance Academy (map) 1010 5th Ave S # 100 Naples, FL, USA 34102 Other InfoThis free seminar, given by Dr. Bill Beckwith will provide you with valuable information regarding: – Aging and memory – Improve memory – Sharpen your brain skills Please call 425-3272 for information and reservations. « Back to the calendar

What Remembering What Not To Forget When Tuesday, February 1, 2011 1:00pm – program is from 1-2:30 pm – All Ages Where Grace Lutheran Church (map) 860 Banyan Blvd Naples, FL 34102 Other InfoThis free seminar, given by Dr. Bill Beckwith will provide you with valuable information regarding: – Aging and memory – Improve memory – Sharpen your brain skills Please call 261-7700 for information and reservations. « Back to the calendar

What Remembering What Not To Forget When Wednesday, January 19, 2011 10:30am – event is 10:30-noon – All Ages Where United Church of Christ (map) 5200 Crayton Rd. Naples, FL 34103 Other InfoThis free seminar, given by Dr. Bill Beckwith will provide you with valuable information regarding: – Aging and memory – Improve memory – Sharpen your brain skills Please call 261-5469 for information and reservations. « Back to the calendar

The latest article from the New York Times series, “The Vanishing Mind,” focuses on treatment for advanced Alzheimer’s disease. The article points to several programming methods that may be useful to many caregiver’s as well as facilities that wish to develop personalized dementia care programs that engage rather than medicate or force clients into group activities in which they have no interest or skills. They cite the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, AZ. Beatitudes is a continuing care retirement community focused dementia care on making Alzheimer’s patients clients receiving personalized care. They build programming on biography and personal history. Beatitudes builds on the obvious rather than trying to medicate problems as they arise. They have implemented techniques that we have known for years into their programming rather than forcing power struggles with clients and have had many successes with residents who […]

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It’s interesting how we ignore the obvious. The latest article from the New York Times series, “The Vanishing Mind,” focuses on treatment for advanced Alzheimer’s disease. The title of the series has it wrong. The mind does not vanish. Rather it becomes limited and inflexible. As Alzheimer’s progresses, the client (yes, even those with severe cognitive decline are our clients and deserve to be treated as such) becomes unable to adapt to the environment. The environment must be adapted to the client – personalized care. We don’t expect more of children than they are capable and mold their environment to meet their competence but we don’t give those with Alzheimer’s the same courtesy. We expect them to adapt to our convenience and needs. I have often said that if I have to go to a facility, don’t make me play […]

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I recently received this e-mail: “Last Friday, at a dinner party, one of the guests who recently underwent bypass surgery was talking about his medical history leading up to this. He told us he had been put on Lipitor to control his cholesterol and one of the side effects he noted was that he was suffering short term memory loss. He spoke with his doctor, who told him to stop taking the Lipitor. As soon as he did this, he noted that his short term memory improved and it is now totally restored. This man is in his 50′s. My question to you is: Have you heard of such a reaction to using Lipitor? I was not aware of such a problem. I have looked up the drug and do not see any mention of such a side effect.” The […]

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