World Alzheimer's Report 2013 Illlustrates Need for Integrated, Whole-Person Alzheimer's Care

Until there is an Alzheimer’s cure, there must be the very best care.  That rings loud and clear to us at Ecumen as we look at the World Alzheimer Report 2013: ‘Journey of Caring:  An analysis of long-term care for dementia.”  As this disease impacts more and more people, it's imperative that we have people throughout the care profession who can help create a standard of care that honors a whole person's being and doesn't look to antipsychotic medications as a default way to "care."  B

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A Look at Alzheimer’s Through the Eyes of a Young Doctor

What does a doctor do when she’s treating patients with a disease like Alzheimer’s that has no cure?  Dr. Ariel Green, a Johns Hopkins geriatrician, offers a profound answer to that question in this first-person account in the Washington Post.  Dr. Green realized she knew the answer before she ever went to medical school.  Doctoring is a lot more than practicing medicine.  

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Star Tribune Editorial Calls for Awakenings Funding and Expansion Nationwide

A Star Tribune lead editorial on April 5, 2014, said Ecumen Awakenings dementia care program is “effective and compassionate” and “should become the standard of care across the nation as baby boomers swell senior ranks.”

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Ecumen Detroit Lakes Receives Grant to Advance Its Dementia-Friendly Work

Ecumen Detroit Lakes is among 12 Minnesota organizations receiving grants through ACT on Alzheimer’s to help create more dementia-friendly communities.

ACT on Alzheimer’s is a volunteer-driven, statewide collaboration preparing Minnesota for the personal, social and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are 88,000 Minnesotans age 65 and older with the disease and many thousands more with other dementias.

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Alzheimer's & Dementia Care: "Listening to Elderly Cuts Use of Costly Medications," Ecumen Awakenings Featured in Minneapolis Star Tribune

So many people across Ecumen have made Ecumen Awakenings possible and are contributing to the program's learnings and growth. It is innovation that empowers and honors those with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia while underscoring our mission and vision. Saturday's front-page article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune features a long story on this great work. Thank you to everyone who makes Awakenings possible and to our colleagues and customers at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes who opened their lives and shared their experiences with the newspaper.

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Speaking the Language of Dementia

By Jim Gross, Executive Director, Ecumen in Owatonna

One of our memory care residents here at Ecumen in Owatonna often shifts from speaking English to speaking Dutch. It’s not all that unusual for dementia to transport people deep into their past to the native language that was spoken in their homes growing up.

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Kudos to American Psychiatric Association for Campaign to Reduce Antipsychotics in Dementia Care

We have experienced through Ecumen Awakenings how collaboration between long-term care professionals and physicians can have a dramatic impact on reducing antipsychotic medications in dementia care and improve lives. The American Psychiatric Association is calling for change. They have issued a statement that antipsychotic medications should not be the first treatments doctors or patients think of when dealing with dementia in an elderly person, behavior problems in a child or insomnia in an adult.

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Ecumen Awakenings Insights – Going Beyond Drugs to Calm ‘Behaviors’ of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

Ecumen Director of Quality Improvement Shelley Matthes discusses going beyond drugs to calm 'behaviors' of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias.

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Reducing the Use of Antipsychotic Medications for People Living with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

The role of antipsychotics in care for Alzheimer's and related dementias is changing, which is a very good thing.

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