Alzheimer's & Dementia - Older Adults

Alzheimer's disease most often occurs in either middle or old age and is an irreversible and progressive condition that destroys brain cells. This deterioration causes diminished thinking and cognitive ability, as well as decreased memory. Although Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, it is the leading cause of dementia in older adults. Typically, as the disease progresses, older adults with Alzheimer's will require help with such areas as medical care, transportation, housework, meal preparation, and managing personal finances. They may also require help with personal care, such as bathing. Are you looking for more information on the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s? Are you concerned that yourself, or a loved one, may be exhibiting signs of the disease? Would you like information on the current treatments available? There are resources within your community to provide information and research, as well as help improve the quality of life for those affected by Alzheimer. We are here to help you find them

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Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

An essential guide to assessing and treating people with dementia syndromes. As the number of older adults with dementia continues to skyrocket, every health care professional needs accurate, up-to-date knowledge of these conditions, their prevention, and possible treatments. This compact, evidence-based book discusses essential aspects of the diagnosis, assessment, and interventions of Alzheimer’s disease and the syndromes of dementia and mild cognitive impairment. It reviews the diagnostic criteria from the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association, and the DSM-5 and provides a broad range of treatment options, including psychosocial, educational, and lifestyle interventions. Practitioners will especially appreciate the current overview of caregiver interventions. Practitioners and students alike will find the clear information, the tools for assessment, and other resources provided in this volume extremely useful for helping patients and their families cope with dementia.

Music Therapy for Older Adults with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

A Grant Proposal

Alzheimer's and other dementias continue to be a rising concern in the cognitive health of the older adult population. Currently, there is no cure for these dementias; however, researchers continue to explore the impact of dementia on brain health and to direct efforts toward prevention of this disease. This project and grant proposal focus on the low-cost intervention of music therapy as a complementary and alternative form of treatment for patients with dementia in order to alleviate the symptoms of depression and agitation. The purpose of the grant proposal is to obtain funding to adopt a music therapy intervention utilizing iPads, iPods, and iTunes at Villa Pomerado skilled nursing facility in Poway, CA, targeting patients affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias. Music therapy will promote mind and body stimulation, increase positive emotional responses, and ultimately enhance social engagement for patients with dementia. It is also hoped that such alternative interventions may reduce the use of psychotropic medications to manage symptoms, and enhance the quality of care and well-being of patients struggling with this disease.

Living with Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer Conundrum

Entanglements of Dementia and Aging

Due to rapidly aging populations, the number of people worldwide experiencing dementia is increasing, and the projections are grim. Despite billions of dollars invested in medical research, no effective treatment has been discovered for Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. The Alzheimer Conundrum exposes the predicaments embedded in current efforts to slow down or halt Alzheimer’s disease through early detection of pre-symptomatic biological changes in healthy individuals. Based on a meticulous account of the history of Alzheimer’s disease and extensive in-depth interviews, Margaret Lock highlights the limitations and the dissent associated with biomarker detection. Lock argues that basic research must continue, but should be complemented by a public health approach to prevention that is economically feasible, more humane, and much more effective globally than one exclusively focused on an increasingly harried search for a cure.

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia in Down Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities

This book helps carers and professionals who are living or working with adults with Down syndrome and intellectual disability to increase their understanding of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of of dementia which can disproportionaly affect this patient group. It relates research to clinical practice and shows how early diagnosis, appropriate treatment and compassionate care can be used effectively to maintain dignity and quality of life.

Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

A Practical Guide

Working with the needs of patients with Alzheimer’s disease can be a major challenge for primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and other mental-health professionals. Alzheimer’s wreaks havoc on the patient, and its degenerative nature can create a protracted period of anguish and anxiety for the patient’s family. Dr. Marc Agronin has put his years of experience as a geriatric psychiatrist to work to create an eminently useful resource for psychiatrists and others who treat patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Now in its third edition, Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias uses concise and clear language to outline the symptoms, effects and treatments used to combat the progress of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias likely to be suffered by older patients. Enriched by case studies from his own clinical practice, Dr. Agronin creates a volume full of humanity, insight, and knowledge that is sure to inform and improve the habits and methods of any clinician who deals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Inside the Dementia Epidemic

A Daughter's Memoir

The unflinching and hopeful story of one woman's journey into family caregiving, and a vivid overview of the challenges of Alzheimer's care. With the passion of a committed daughter and the fervor of a tireless reporter, Martha Stettinius weaves this compelling story of caregiving for her demented mother with a broad exploration of the causes of Alzheimer's disease, means of treating it, and hopes for preventing it. She shares the lessons she's learned over seven years of caregiving at home, in assisted living, a rehabilitation center, a "memory care" facility for people living with dementia, and a nursing home--lessons not just about how to navigate the system, but how caregiving helped the author to grow closer to her mother, and to learn to nurture her mother's spirit through the most advanced stages of dementia.

Caring for Older People

Caring for Older People has been specially adapted for Australia, and offers a systematic and imaginative approach to care planning based on the authors' belief in the positive aspects of old age. Care of the whole person is discussed in detail: physical, psychological, social, educational and spiritual needs are all covered. The need for care workers to have an awareness of the values of a multicultural society is stressed throughout. Care workers are encouraged to question what is involved in the caring process and to reflect on its impact on their own lives. The work-based activities develop the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective care worker. Information is presented clearly and simply throughout, making Caring for Older People an invaluable book for those training in the care sector or caring for an older person in their home.

Aging and Dementia

Neuropsychology, Motor Skills, and Pain

Drawing on the most current research, this study is the perfect companion for those who work alongside elderly people with and without dementia. The book explains why changes in cognition, motor skills, and pain are typical for the elderly while describing the most prevalent subtypes of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal dementia. Focusing on the motor skills of hand motor activity and gait, the study also illustrates changes in the various aspects of pain experience, explaining them clearly through the use of neuropathology of the medial and lateral pain systems. Updates concerning compensation and rehabilitation are also included.

Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

Alzheimer's and other Dementias: The Facts takes a comprehensive look at the spread of dementia within the ageing population, and provides authoritative information and practical advice for sufferers, their families, and the medical professionals who care for them.

Dementia and Aging Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

A Handbook

First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia

With the aging of the baby boomers and medical advances that promote longevity, older adults are rapidly becoming the fastest growing segment of the population. As the population ages, so does the incidence of age related disorders. Many predict that 15% - 20% of the baby-boomer generation will develop some form of cognitive decline over the course of their lifetime, with estimates escalating to up to 50% in those achieving advanced age. Although much attention has been directed at Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, it is estimated that nearly one third of those cases of cognitive decline result from other neuropathological mechanisms. In fact, many patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease likely have co-morbid disorders that can also influence cognition (i.e., vascular cognitive impairment), suggesting mixed dementias are grossly under diagnosed. The Clinical Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia is a unique work that provides clinicians with expert guidance and a hands-on approach to neuropsychological practice with older adults. The book will be divided into two sections, the first addressing special considerations for the evaluation of older adults, and the second half focusing on common referral questions likely to be encountered when working with this age group. The authors of the chapters are experts and are recognized by their peers as opinion leaders in their chosen chapter topics. The field of neuropsychology has played a critical role in developing methods for early identification of late life cognitive disorders as well as the differential diagnosis of dementia. Neuropsychological assessment provides valuable clinical information regarding the nature and severity of cognitive symptoms associated with dementia. Each chapter will reinforce the notion that neuropsychological measures provide the clinician with sensitive tools to differentiate normal age-related cognitive decline from disease-associated impairment, aid in differential diagnosis of cognitive dysfunction in older adults, as well as identify cognitive deficits most likely to translate into functional impairments in everyday life.

Behavioural Supports Ontario - Community Outreach Team - Burlington

Provides short-term behavioural support and assistance for older adult clients in crisis, or at risk of a crisis, and their families including:
* crisis intervention
* practical support and outreach
* education
* advocacy
* coordination of services (may include connecting with appropriate longer-term services and community resources)

Acclaim Health - Alzheimer Services - Oakville - Trafalgar Rd

Provides support, education and consultation to people and family affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia

Services offered:
  • Adult Day Program - two locations: Oakville (Sheridan College, K-Wing, 1430 Trafalgar Rd, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm); and Burlington (2180 Itabashi Way, Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm)
  • one-on-one caregiver consultations in person, over the phone or via e-mail
  • caregiver education sessions - dementia information series * mid to late stages of dementia discussion series * presents info on planning for the future and preparing for transition into long-term care for Alzheimer family caregivers (7-9pm)
  • caregiver support groups - spousal, family and long term care support groups offered at various locations across Halton * see details
  • resource library
  • Memory Visiting Program - visiting volunteers provide companionship and physical activity for people experiencing memory loss and the early stages of dementia


Services and Programs:
  • Adult Day Program
  • Caregiver Support and Education

Village of Tansley Woods - Retirement Home

Part of Village of Tansley Woods complex which will eventually include 4 phases, serving continuum of accommodation/care needs from independent living to long-term care.

* 225 units
* Registered Nurse on-site 24/7

All units:
* are wheelchair accessible
* include weekly housekeeping and linens
* include full access to all recreational and entertainment events

Independent Living units:
* 58 rental units
* each unit has 1 to 2 bedrooms, equipped with full kitchen and in-suite washer and dryer
* meal plans for dining room, or delivered to suite, available at additional charge
* medication reminders and other additional services available at additional cost

Retirement Living units:
* 117 units
* studio and 1-bedroom units, some equipped with in-suite washer and dryer and kitchenette
* includes two meals daily, with option for third meal
* light assistance can be provided with bathing, dressing and medication reminders

Assisted Care units:
* 27 units
* studio and 1-bedroom units, each with kitchenette
* includes three meals daily
* includes comprehensive 24-hour assistance with bathing, dressing, activities of daily living and medication administration
* palliative care available

Memory Care units:
* for those with any stage of Alzheimer Disease or related dementias, including palliative care
* 23 studio and 1-bedroom units
* secure environment
* includes three meals daily
* includes comprehensive 24-hour assistance with bathing, dressing, activities of daily living and medication administration

Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton - Sit to Be Fit Classes, St. Matthews House - St. Matthews House

A free exercise program designed to help seniors stay healthy, safe and strong and promote improved balance, improved strength with prevention of muscle loss, maintenance of strong bones and increased overall independence.

Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton - Sit to Be Fit Classes, Kenilworth Branch Library - Kenilworth Branch Library

A free exercise program designed to help seniors stay healthy, safe and strong and promote improved balance, improved strength with prevention of muscle loss, maintenance of strong bones and increased overall independence.

Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton - Sit to Be Fit Classes, Village Manor - Village Manor

A free exercise program designed to help seniors stay healthy, safe and strong and promote improved balance, improved strength with prevention of muscle loss, maintenance of strong bones and increased overall independence.

Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton - Sit to Be Fit Classes, Red Hill Library - Red Hill Library

A free exercise program designed to help seniors stay healthy, safe and strong and promote improved balance, improved strength with prevention of muscle loss, maintenance of strong bones and increased overall independence.

Bartimaeus

Specialized Behavioural Support Services for children, adolescents, adults and seniors who are experiencing behavioural, social, emotional and/or psychiatric difficulties * services are provided wherever the client is and are offered independently or in conjunction with other public and private services.

Family & Senior Services:
* provides one-to-one support for family members of all ages who are exhibiting challenging behaviours, and may also be experiencing social, emotional and psychiatric difficulties
* focused on supporting families and the individual by addressing and stabilizing challenging behaviours.

Specialized Behavioural Support Services:
* support to individuals of all ages, including children, youth, adults and seniors
* provided in a variety of settings, including residential facilities, day programs, hospitals, schools, long term care facilities, foster homes and community programs
* customized for each individual and organization according to their own unique needs
* services are flexible, client-centered, and are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure quality care
* supports to youth justice programs for individuals aged 12 to 17 in conflict with the law, to assist with community integration and support

No waiting lists for this service * services are available to families when needed, where needed, for as long as needed.

Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton - Sit to Be Fit Classes, Sherwood Library - Sherwood Library

A free exercise program designed to help seniors stay healthy, safe and strong and promote improved balance, improved strength with prevention of muscle loss, maintenance of strong bones and increased overall independence.

Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton - Sit to Be Fit Classes, The Roxborough Senior Centre - The Roxborough Senior Centre

A free exercise program designed to help seniors stay healthy, safe and strong and promote improved balance, improved strength with prevention of muscle loss, maintenance of strong bones and increased overall independence.

Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton - Sit to Be Fit Classes, Terryberry Library - Terryberry Library

A free exercise program designed to help seniors stay healthy, safe and strong and promote improved balance, improved strength with prevention of muscle loss, maintenance of strong bones and increased overall independence.

Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton - Sit to Be Fit Classes - Saltfleet Library

A free exercise program designed to help seniors stay healthy, safe and strong and promote improved balance, improved strength with prevention of muscle loss, maintenance of strong bones and increased overall independence.