"As Alzheimer's disease progresses, the need to nurture, love and be loved increases." American Assoc Geriatric Psychiatrists

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Verbal Music: How Poetry is Helping Alzheimer's Patients

February 19, 2015

After losing both parents to Alzheimer's in succession, Molly Middleton Meyer, a Texas-based journalist, was inspired to create poems with dementia and Alzheimer's patients. In addition to losing her parents, Meyer was also going through a divorce at the same time: "It was a brutal time," she says, "so I reached out for something hopeful." After getting a Master of Fine Arts in poetry, Meyer began her program Mind's Eye Poetry, in which she hosts poetry workshops for Alzheimer's and dementia patients nationwide. Her mission is to validate the creative capacities of patients through poetry and words, and hopes that, in addition, the creative process will inspire further expression and the recollection of memories.  Meyer describes her business as "Rewriting...

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Actavis Launches Unconditional Love Campaign for Alzheimer's Caregivers

February 13, 2015

Leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, Actavis plc, announced the launch of their Unconditional Love campaign today, in honor of the more than 15 million Americans who act as caregivers to a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's, and the unconditional bond and patience they develop through caregiving. "Caregiving is a different kind of love that most people don't expect to experience," says Betsy Broyles, caregiver and partner of Actavis. "Caregiving requires you to take on many different roles; but in doing so, the unconditional love you provide ensures that your loved one is treated properly. In turn, you begin to understand, address and properly respond to your loved one's needs." Actavis has launched its new website www.AlzheimersUnconditionalLove.com as part of...

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Advocates Push for More Funding to Prevent Alzheimer's Epidemic

February 09, 2015

10 years from now, the U.S. hopes to have found a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. However, failures in clinical trials as well as a severe lack of government funding means that there are very tangible obstacles which need to be overcome for this goal to be met. At this point in time, there is still much scientists don't understand about Alzheimer's, such as whether or not the disease has a conclusive link to heredity, though there is proof of a correlation. As Norman Relkin, a neurologist and neuroscientist at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, points out, Alzheimer's research is not yet at a dead end. This fact is urging many advocates to turn to government funding to spur...

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20th Annual Walk for Memories for Alzheimer's Care

February 06, 2015

The annual Walk for Memories presented by the Alzheimer's Society is a powerful event for thousands of Canadians who have loved ones struggling with Alzheimer's. 2015 marks the province-wide walk's 20th anniversary, and on January 25th, among more than 600 others, Anna Claire Ryan and her family participated in the Ottawa walk at Carlton University. Ryan's mother, Josephine Fitzgerald, was only 49 when a rare form of early-onset dementia began to show its symptoms. The diagnosis changed the lives of Ryan and her entire family. An estimated 750,000 Canadians are currently living with some form of dementia, though by 2031, that number is expected to rise to 1.4 million.Susan Paul, of the Alzheimer's Society of Canada, says that 100% of...

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