Looking Ahead: Year Two

You likely already know that NH RSA 151:50 for Continuing Education requires at least 6 hours of initial continuing education for all covered administrative staff and direct service staff, but maybe you didn’t know that our member agencies complied with this regulation by training over 13,000 staff members with the Alliance’s online Dementia Training programContinue reading “Looking Ahead: Year Two”

BIMS Assessment Required (soon, but not now)

As mentioned in the New Hampshire Dementia Training Module Six, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plan to incorporate the Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS test) to assess for patients’ cognitive impairments as part of OASIS E. Due to the pandemic, a Medicare and Medicaid interim final rule issued last May delayedContinue reading “BIMS Assessment Required (soon, but not now)”

Holiday Connections with Dementia

During the holidays families want to connect with their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, but being in the midst of a global pandemic has not made that easy! In this quick video below, Polly and Rachel, of Positive Approach to Care explore ways to connect with someone by phone who is inContinue reading “Holiday Connections with Dementia”

Dementia Training Year One in Review

Continued dementia care training is important for employees and for the clients they serve, nevertheless, meeting the requirements of the 2020 NH law could have been financially and operationally challenging for our member agencies. The Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance, with partner affiliate member C&V Senior Care, developed dementia education as a freeContinue reading “Dementia Training Year One in Review”

Music & Memories; The Power of Music on the Brain

If toward the end of your life your mind was fading away, would your favorite songs help bring your memories back? The Australian Broadcasting Company takes you inside an extraordinary program which is revealing how a personalized playlists can re-awaken the brains of people with advanced dementia and even allow people with severe Parkinson’s toContinue reading “Music & Memories; The Power of Music on the Brain”

Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Hits Close to Home

Alzheimer’s disease effects more adults than you might think. Recently June Gallup, RN, at Cornerstone VNA and Hospice in Rochester New Hampshire shared with us her brother’s journey with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. This week the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter posted a 6-minute film documenting their experience with the disease. Early-onset Alzheimer’sContinue reading “Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Hits Close to Home”

Link Between Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease Explored

Alzheimer’s disease affects those with Down Syndrome at a far higher rate than the general population. People with Down syndrome are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, which carries the APP gene. This gene produces a specific protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP). Too much APP protein leads to a buildup of proteinContinue reading “Link Between Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease Explored”

The Forgetting

Twice-monthly National Public Radio’s affiliate, WCAI, produces a half-hour podcast show dedicated to dementia and Alzheimer’s issues facing Americans. The show, called The Forgetting, is co-hosted by two well-respected Alzheimer’s experts: David Shenk author of The Forgetting: Alzheimer’s, Portrait of an Epidemic and Greg O’Brien, author of On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s. O’BrienContinue reading “The Forgetting”

Swallowing Difficulties & Dementia

The presence of watering eyes, runny nose and sneezing is frequently discussed when determining predictors of aspiration. Research gathered by Debra Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, indicates they are autonomic reflexive responsive to irritants to the eyes or nose and should NOT be considered reliable predictors of aspiration. Watering eyes and a runny nose occur dueContinue reading “Swallowing Difficulties & Dementia”

Dementia Podcast Available on Spotify

Dementia specific education comes in many forms. Click below to start this 30 minute podcast from the Mayo Clinic. Participants earn .5 CEU or 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. For AMA PRA credit, follow the link to the Mayo Clinic registration page. This pod cast is specifically designed by the Mayo Clinic for physicianContinue reading “Dementia Podcast Available on Spotify”

Dementia and COVID Webinar this Thursday!

Ideas to Support Dementia Caregivers in the Global Pandemic May 14, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EST The current COVID-19 outbreak presents unique challenges for people living with dementia and their caregivers. This webinar will focus on potential issues COVID-19 may have on people living with dementia. The webinar will provide an opportunity for caregivers toContinue reading “Dementia and COVID Webinar this Thursday!”

Dementia Program Hits Its Stride

#MilestoneMoment! Today the 3,000th quiz was submitted for our online dementia training program, nhdementiatraining.org. This free, multi-part, online training program provides dementia care education for employees and helps our agency members comply with the new state Dementia Care Training guidelines. Contact your education director or supervisor for password information, http://www.nhdementiatraining.org. Thank you for participating!