Nov 10, 2012

Alzheimer's and Dementia News 161

Puppets tell a story, the Heroism of Dementia Volunteers, and more...

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The Heroism of Our Dementia Volunteers - The Telegraph

David Cameron has announced a scheme to train a million volunteers for such a task and, in this little corner of Kent, you can already see the difference they make. Calm and cheerful, they communicate calm and cheer to their interlocutors. As they turn the pages of books designed especially for Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers, you can sense the soothing energy pulsing from them.

Puppets tell story of dementia in ‘D-Generation’ - The Boston Globe

The concept seems fraught with potential missteps: Large puppets perform stories written collectively by nursing home residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The puppets play characters with those conditions: Florence, Mary, Rose, Henry, Elwood.

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An Outcast Among Peers Gains Traction on Alzheimer's Cure - The Wall Street Journal

After years on the sidelines, Dr. Claude Wischik, who now lives in Scotland, sees this as tau's big moment. The company he co-founded 10 years ago, TauRx Pharmaceuticals Ltd., has developed an experimental Alzheimer's drug that it will begin testing in the coming weeks in two large clinical trials.

Wondering About Alzheimer’s? Ask Here - the New York Times

Ask the Expert features Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, who will answer questions related to Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. He is a professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and an author of “The Alzheimer’s Action Plan.” Dr. Doraiswamy has also served as an adviser to government agencies, advocacy groups and businesses.

Richard Heffner's Open Mind - PBS
Dr. Ruth Westheimer discusses her new book, "Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver." Check your local PBS station for broadcast schedule.

Will Dementia Friends Be the Wave of the Future? - Alzheimer's Reading Room

The Dementia Friends program being instituted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the Alzheimer's Society should be adopted Worldwide -- Now.

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