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Fuzzy Science and The Big Payback

Abe’s Garden stands poised to bring together the most effective evidence-based practices to transform the way people with dementia experience care. From the architecture, landscape and interior design to the comprehensive staff training and highly individualized, person-centered care, every aspect of care has been vetted by researchers, university faculty members and industry leaders. Even the lighting and furniture selections are a result of this scrutiny.

One surprising area of care that also stands on firm science is perhaps the most charming. Certainly it is the fuzziest.

I need help. NOW!

As we continue adding people to the Abe’s Garden waiting list in anticipation of the August opening, we frequently hear from families struggling to keep a loved one with dementia safe at home while simultaneously juggling children, work, etc.

For instance, the behaviors of people with Alzheimer’s or related dementias are often baffling and frustrating to care partners. However, new research points to methods that can help caregivers understand the context of the behaviors and support an individual through them. Here are some resources we find helpful.

How Abe's Garden will Provide Person-Centered Care

Person-centered care

The last place that anyone ever wants to end up is in a nursing home. This is because long hallways, semi-private rooms, large dining rooms and nursing stations with glass barriers can make a nursing home feel institutional. A medical model with regimented schedules that focuses on measuring and treating physiological deterioration, instead of an individual’s remaining strengths, is also typical of many current nursing homes.

New Study: Increasing Brain Protein May Reverse Age-Related Memory Loss

Dementia Patients Face Needless Transitions in Last 90 Days of Life

Alzheimer's Reading Room is the number one source of life news, health, and memory loss information for the entire Alzheimer's and Dementia community worldwide. The goal of the Alzheimer's Reading Room is to Educate and Empower. The following post was written by Bob DeMarco.

Memory Screenings are a Very Good Idea

How Do People with Alzheimer's Really Feel?

Dementia patients often feel called out when they cannot answer questions

Alzheimer's Reading Room is the number one source of life news, health, and memory loss information for the entire Alzheimer's and Dementia community worldwide. The goal of the Alzheimer's Reading Room is to Educate and Empower. The following post was written by Marie Marley.

I’ve been publishing articles about Alzheimer’s disease for nearly two years. And, I have to admit almost all have focused on the caregiver. Many have focused specifically on what it feels like to be a caregiver.

New Study: Increasing Brain Protein May Reverse Age-Related Memory Loss

Memory Loss

As more Americans than ever before are at risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss, scientific medical research continues to make progress and offer hope for a future free of these terrible afflictions.

Alzheimer's Disease and Pain

When any of us do not feel well we are able to address our pain by taking appropriate medicine or going to the doctor. Unfortunately, people with Alzheimer’s disease often stay in pain for long periods of time when they are sick because they don’t have the ability to verbalize the fact that they do not feel well or take steps to alleviate the problem themselves. This unaddressed pain sometimes leads to agitated or aggressive behavior that caregivers could mistakenly attribute to some other cause.

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