Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Dementia Community Info

ACA is partnering with LifeBio to create The Memory Project:  Reminiscing Made Fun

Here’s a truly engaging activity that the whole family can enjoy, even from a distance.  Today is the day to begin to record your life story or your family member’s story.  It’s not complicated.  You can do as much or as little as you want every day.  LifeBio helps people ask the right questions to bring out the best memories and stories with the ultimate goal of creating a lasting and priceless legacy.  Set a goal of asking and recording at least one question a day.  It’s a great way to connect from a distance.  Children can get involved and learn more about their elders!  Siblings can take turns asking questions and recording answers from a far.  The possibilities are endless!

Visit https://alzca.org/lifebio/ to learn more and receive a discount.  ACA scholarships are also available.

Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN has released a virtual tour of the wetlands of the Black Warrior and Sipsey Rivers near Tuscaloosa.  Called “Mindful Walks,” images give a silent, virtual nature experience for persons living with dementia and their care partners.  Because many of us may not have opportunities to get out into nature, Dr. Potts is offering this silent virtual journey through beautiful wetland environments.  Here is a link: https://youtu.be/p4U4y2bkTC8

Patti Williams and our friends at Encore, the respite program at Canterbury United Methodist Church continue to come up with fun, relevant ways to entertain us. Here are 6 videos about the life and music of Kenny Rogers.  The first 3 videos are about Kenny’s life and the last 3 are some of his songs.  You know you want to sing along to “The Gambler” (about 21 minutes total):

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFukIqdgVdxcm0EeawWALNuehVYZRdVTB  (click on this line to play them, and skip around as you wish)

Alzheimer’s & Covid-19 News:

In a March 19, 2020 Being Patient video, Founder Deborah Kan spoke with Jay Reinstein, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Reinstein shared his story and advice on finding and utilizing local government and community resources for people with a diagnosis.

Pam Leonard with CJFS CARES respite program offers these tips for caregiving during the pandemic.  https://tinyurl.com/qrnj6j6

A March 25, 2020 AARP article discussed new opportunities for caregivers to embrace telemedicine, turn to alternative providers, and trust their own judgment. According to the article, “You already know your care recipient — eating habits, pallor, moods and thinking skills — better than any provider ever will. Be the expert eye on his or her appearance and behavior. Be the master of the pillbox. Trust that you can be an effective extension and partner of our hard-pressed health care providers.”

5 Tips for Seniors to Boost Immune System During Coronavirus:  Out of all the age demographics most a risk of the coronavirus (Covid-19), senior citizens are far and away the most vulnerable to real and immediate danger. Here are 5 important tips for seniors to boost their immune system…READ MORE

A March 19, 2020 UsAgainstAlzheimer’s blog post addressed the new realities faced by families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in light of the spread of COVID-19. People may feel more isolated than ever, or be unable to visit loved ones in group settings and nursing homes.

Why You May Need Mental Distancing as Much as Social Distancing and 8 Ways to Get It: If all the talk about the coronavirus is creating stress, here are 8 ways to give yourself a mental break and try to calm your mind. Stress is bad for your brain. READ MORE

Teepa Snow has lots of helpful videos and ideas to help pass the time: 

https://teepasnow.com/blog/13-engagement-ideas-while-practicing-social-distancing/?utm_source=Main+List+%28PAC+and+Pines+Combined%29&utm_campaign=88c5c62729-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_11_09_46_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e0c0b5e3df-88c5c62729-712305841&mc_cid=88c5c62729&mc_eid=112df018b3

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration offers tips for Primary Progressive Aphasia and COVID-19.  https://www.theaftd.org/primary-progressive-aphasia-and-covid-19/

Alzheimer’s in the News:

The National Institute on Aging offers advice about making sure you have appropriate legal and financial plans in place if something where to happen to the caregiver.  Check out this advice

A March 18, 2020 Science Daily article spotlighted the link between bacteria, viruses or other infectious pathogens, and Alzheimer’s disease. Conversation around this subject matter, the “infectious theory of Alzheimer’s disease,” recently appeared in the Viewpoint section of Nature Reviews Neurology journal. Although the concept is not new, it is getting a fresh look in light of the multitude of clinical trial failures which focused on the amyloid hypothesis.

A March 23, 2020 Runner’s World article focused on a new study published in Brain Plasticity which found that because aerobic exercise improves brain glucose metabolism, it may help reduce the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Calendar:

Stay tuned!  Our regular schedule of support groups, education events and fundraisers will resume as soon as possible!!