February 2022 Newsletter

February 17, 2022
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February 2022 Newsletter

Missed the February Moving Together Information Session? Register for the next session to learn about the Moving Together research program for people with memory loss and their care partners.


Would you like to help a person with dementia feel better, move better, and feel part of an engaging online community? Join the Moving Together team as they host an online information session to talk about what it is like to participate in the research study. The team will discuss how people with mild-to-moderate dementia and caregivers have experienced great results through the online class.

This information session will be great for people who have dementia, friends and family of someone with dementia, and people that provide services to those with dementia and are looking for resources to share with the families in their network.


Online Information Session

Click HERE to Register

After sending registration, you will receive a confirmation email within a couple days.


Addressing Alzheimer’s Disparities During Black History Month

As we celebrate black history month, it is important to acknowledge that African Americans are almost twice as likely to experience Alzheimer’s disease than white Americans. Additionally, one recent National Institute on Aging study found that black participants were 35% less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementias than white participants. Studies have yet to conclude why these diagnosis disparities persist, but biases of healthcare providers could be an important factor. These disparities must be addressed so that patients can receive timely diagnosis, reputable resources, and reliable care to face ADRD. Learn more here.


African Americans have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes which have all been shown to increase risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The good news is there are certain healthy lifestyle choices including exercise, social interactions, intellectual pursuits, and eating healthy that can mitigate these conditions and reduce AD risks. Learn more here.


Caregiving During Crisis

Are you a care partner of someone living with Alzheimer's or another Dementia? Caregiving During Crisis is a National Institute on Aging funded program to help care partners adapt to caregiving during the Covid-19 pandemic. The online sessions provide the knowledge and skills to keep you and your person safe, navigate the healthcare system, manage home life with dementia, and more.

Interested in joining? Fill out this quick survey to see if you qualify.

Download the Study Flyer

Tele-Savvy @ Home

Family, friends, or care partners of people with dementia can benefit from taking part in the Tele-Savvy @ Home caregiver support study. The Tele-Savvy @ Home study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, provides the needed skills, knowledge, and confidence to caregiving. The program is delivered online with learning sessions on managing caregiver stress and promoting well-being.

Interested in joining? Fill out this quick survey to see if you qualify.

Download the Study Flyer


Fall Prevention for Caregivers and Older Adults

The Family Caregiver Alliance is hosting the webinar 'Fall Prevention for Caregivers and Older Adults' presented by Stanford Health Care Occupational Therapist Tricia Catiggay.
The most common cause of injuries in older adults is from falls. An estimated 30% of adults, 65 years and older, fall each year. That number increases to about 50% for those over 80. Injuries from falls can be minor, serious, or even life-threatening. There are, however, many ways to reduce the risk of falling. This webinar will provide tips and advice for caregivers of older adults on fall prevention.

Objectives:

  • Learn how to identify common fall risk factors (including how certain medications may contribute to fall risk)
  • Understand the basics of home safety as it relates to falls
  • Learn simple exercises to improve balance and strength


Fall Prevention Webinar

Wednesday, 2/23/2022

11am - 12pm PT / 2pm - 4pm ET

Click Here to Register


Kids4Dementia: How does it feel for the family?

Watch these sweet kids discuss how it feels to have a parent or grandparent with dementia. They share their grief as well as joyful moments with their loved one.  These kids are part of the Kids4dementia program. Kids4Dementia is a dementia education program in Australian classrooms. The program is designed for young people where students learn what causes dementia, how it feels to have dementia, how to address dementia stigmas, brain healthy activities, and more.

"They are our future citizens who will grow up to be doctors, teachers and leaders of tomorrow. Educating children about dementia is the foundation to a dementia-friendly society." - Dr. Jess Baker, Founder and Program Developer of Kids4Dementia


What's Happening in the Alzheimer's Field?

Cataract Surgery May Reduce Your Dementia Risk

New research, published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that cataracts surgery may reduce risk for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

Researchers found that participants who underwent cataract removal surgery had a 29% lower risk of developing dementia compared with participants without surgery. However, they note that additional studies are needed to determine how cataract removal impacts dementia risk. The findings support earlier research showing that vision loss and hearing loss are risk factors for cognitive decline.

Learn more here.

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