Ecumen Awakenings received a 2015 Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Award from Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson for its outstanding contribution to improving the quality of life of those living with dementia.
Eight Ecumen employees have been certified as Ecumen Awakenings facilitators with qualifications to train other employees in the Awakenings approach to dementia care.
The Ecumen Awakenings™ program designed to care for elderly dementia patients without the use of highly sedating drugs has won the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2015 Eureka! award for innovation.
Ecumen Quality Improvement Nurse Maria Reyes, RN, will speak on integrated dementia care Sept. 9, 2015, at the 2015 Commons Health Conference in Duluth, Minn.—an annual working conference designed to foster new approaches to integrated health and well-being for communities.
Senior care professionals and nursing homes are challenged to conform to the 2012 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services initiative to decrease off-label use of antipsychotics.
By Wyatt Andres, CBS News
Common drugs, like sedating antihistamines such as Benadryl, are proving to be especially toxic to the aging brain. Recent research has linked several widely used drugs to lowering brain function and contributing to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Article by Pamela Yip, The Dallas Morning News
Alzheimer’s disease plays no favorites.
It’s the Great Equalizer.
Critics are raving about the movie “Still Alice” and Julianne Moore’s compelling performance as a 50-year-old mother, wife and college professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Brigham Young University's Morning Show featured a 30-minute interview with Ecumen nurses about the Ecumen Awakenings program.