Washington Post Highlights Ecumen Awakenings™

Ecumen Awakenings™ is in the national spotlight as the recipient of the Excellence in Dementia Care award from LeadingAge, a national association of nonprofit aging services providers. Washington Post Reporter Tara Bahrampour interviewed Ecumen nurses Shelley Matthes and Maria Reyes about the history, methods and success of the program in this Q & A in the Post.

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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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Ecumen Nurse Maria Reyes’ Personal “Awakening” and Triumph Over Adversity

Ecumen Quality Improvement Nurse Maria Reyes learned valuable lessons taking care of her grandmother as a young teenager in Puerto Rico—lessons that still guide her today as she teaches other professionals about honoring and empowering the seniors in their care.

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Just Think of What a Small Portion of Johnson & Johnson’s Legal Settlement Could do to Improve Dementia Care

One way that pharmaceutical companies could be extremely helpful in helping the world change its dementia care for the better is to help highlight when not to use antipsychotics and to support a national campaign on more holistic, integrated dementia care.  A small portion of that $2.2 billion settlement could go a long way in that effort.  Until we have a cure, we must provide the absolute best care.

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Stevens Square Foundation Awards Ecumen $25,000 Grant To Expand Awakenings

Stevens Square Foundation of Minneapolis awarded Ecumen a $25,000 grant to expand the reach of the Ecumen Awakenings program during a ceremony at the foundation’s annual meeting October 11, 2013. Kate Bryant, chairman of the board of Stevens Square, (pictured left) presented the check to Alex Hiniker, Ecumen development specialist.

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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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