Webinar: Building and Maintaining Relationships After a Dementia Diagnosis: Dementia Care Partners and Social Isolation, Part of the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center webinar series, sponsored by the Administration for Community Living, Tuesday, August 24, noon CT.
Webinar: Dealing with a Dementia Diagnosis, August 24. Contact Jay Jones for more info firstname.lastname@example.org:
Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People: How Caregivers Can Meet the Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease, free virtual seminar from Duke University, Tuesday, August 24, 11:00 – noon,
Being Patient Webinar: Shining a Light on the Brain Science Behind Light Therapy. New devices are cropping up on the market that claim they can treat cognitive decline with flashing lights. Learn about the research-backed benefits of photobiomodulation — or light therapy — to brain health, and the neurotechnology being developed around it. Wednesday, August 25, 4 CT. Join Our Next LiveTalk: Shining a Light on the Brain Science Behind Light Therapy – Being Patient
Central Alabama Aging Consortium and AFA are hosting a seminar, “Partners in Care”, Wednesday, August 25, 8:45 – 5:00 pm, Civic Center in Millbrook, AL. Free to attend.
UAB School of Medicine Webinar: Alzheimer’s 101—the basics, the research, the pathway to caring for your loved one, Tuesday, August 31 from 6-7 pm. David Geldmacher, M.D., FACP, professor in the Department of Neurology and division director of Memory Disorders, will share insights on Alzheimer’s disease and the Aduhelm drug as an effective treatment. Erik Roberson, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Department of Neurology and the department’s division director of CNET, will discuss the history and research bolstering the evolving treatment options. Click here to register.
In-person and zoom Support Groups:
- ACA’s Coffee Talk with Miller & Vance, Tuesday, August 24, 11 – noon CT. Call (205) 871-7970 or email@example.com. Join us on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86450491838
- CJFS CARES, Mondays at 3 pm, contact Pam Leonard, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Founders Place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Tuesday’s at 10 am, contact Susan Logan, email@example.com
- Pell City, (in person)-1st Tuesday of each month, 11:00 am, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Parish Hall, Cropwell. Contact Bit Thomaston, Ethomaston50@gmail.com
- West Alabama Area Agency on Aging, Caregiver Support Group, Tuesdays, contact Nikki Poe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CJFS CARES, Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, contact Pam Leonard, email@example.com.
- Leeds, (in person) 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm, St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, contact Bit Thomaston,firstname.lastname@example.org
- United Way Area Agency on Aging of Jefferson County, 3rd Tuesday of each month 11:30-12:30, contact Valarie Lawson, email@example.com
- Asbury United Methodist Church 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 1:00, contact Maggie Dunaway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule a free, memory screen with AFA. A memory screen is a quick and easy healthy brain checkup, similar to other routine health screenings, such as blood pressure and cholesterol.
Altering just one of these habits could change how your brain works — and help you age healthier and better: accentuating the negative; skipping vaccines; drinking sugary beverages; unhealthy sleep habits; exposure to noise, meds that block acetylcholine; lacking a sense of purpose. The 7 Worst Habits for Your Brain (aarp.org)
The Food and Drug Administration gives breakthrough status to a smartphone app and software powered-device that predict Alzheimer’s disease with a 94-percent accuracy rate. Altoida, the company whose investigational tech gadget gauges spatial and prospective memory, as well as executive function, uses augmented reality to track cognition, and artificial intelligence to form the algorithm to predict who is on the road to neurodegeneration. New Alzheimer’s Prediction Smartphone App Gets FDA Breakthrough Status – Being Patient
Study results suggest COVID-19 may accelerate Alzheimer’s disease symptoms and pathology. AD patients are at threefold higher risk for the infection and have a twofold higher risk for death. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/955755?src=mkm_ret_210815_mscpmrk_neuro_AAIC1&uac=&impID=3570091&faf=1#vp_2
Researchers found that “supportive social interactions” in adulthood help stave off cognitive decline in the face of the brain’s natural aging process. They discovered that simply having someone available most or all of the time who you can count on to listen when you need to talk is associated with greater “cognitive resilience” – a measure of the brain’s ability to function in tasks such as language and memory. A good listener can help stave off Alzheimer’s disease, new study shows (inews.co.uk)
Widespread pain (WSP) is associated with a 43% increased risk for all-cause dementia and a 47% increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, new research shows. The study also linked WSP, a common subtype of chronic pain that may reflect a musculoskeletal disorder, to a 29% higher risk for stroke. The increased risks are independent of age, sex, multiple sociodemographic factors, health status, and lifestyle behaviors. Widespread Pain Linked to Increased Dementia, Stroke Risk (medscape.com)
UAB Hospital Highlands has received a key designation from a national entity. The American College of Emergency Physicians has named the hospital a Level 1 Geriatric Emergency Department, making UAB home to the only accredited geriatric emergency department in the state and the first one in the Southeast. It now joins the ranks of just 17 Level 1 emergency departments in the world. UAB Highlands recognized for its geriatric emergency department – Birmingham Business Journal (bizjournals.com)
President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that his administration will require that nursing home staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to continue receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. The new mandate, to be issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, could take effect as soon as next month. Hundreds of thousands of nursing home workers are not vaccinated, according to federal data, despite those facilities bearing the brunt of the early COVID-19 outbreak and their workers being among the first in the country to be eligible for shots. https://apnews.com/article/business-health-coronavirus-pandemic-nursing-homes-2e6189cd41068b1e0f643ee7e4bfbb92