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June 21, 2019

Dementia Friendly Worship: A Multifaith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy and Faith Communities

Every person deserves the basic human right to live with value and purpose. This is, perhaps, one of our most strongly held beliefs, and the reason why we decided to write Dementia Friendly Worship: A Multifaith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy and Faith Communities . The book is first-of-its-kind, and will hopefully enable every congregation and faith community in the country to welcome and serve those living with dementia, together with their caregivers and families. It is too often the case that dementia and Alzheimer’s rob people of their individuality, their personhood, and their dignity. It’s easy to think of those
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June 14, 2019 - Greg O'Brien

Father’s Day on a Journey with Alzheimer’s

I was scared at first. Even though I had been raised in a family of ten, had been married at the time for six years (of 43 years of marriage), and desperately wanted children, I was scared. Thoughts of becoming a father intimidated me. I was worried about the money, new responsibilities, and all the sleepless nights they would bring. I was afraid I would fail. But on July 13, 1983, in a basement delivery room at Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Brendan McGeorge O’Brien was born, and Father’s Day had new meaning. He weighed in at nine pounds, two
June 06, 2019 - Sen. Shelley Moore Capito

SEN. CAPITO: Alzheimer’s disease is devastating families – We must make it a national priority

This article was originally published by Fox News on June 6, 2019. He alth care is a subject that remains front and center in so many of our national conversations and debates. It’s a leading talking point among 2020 presidential candidates. It continues to poll as a top concern among the American public. And it’s something I hear about regularly from constituents back home in West Virginia. Much of the talk related to health care issues has to do with flashier or more controversial topics such as "Medicare for All" or prescription drug prices, and there are good reasons for
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May 30, 2019

Brain Health Equity Insights - May 2019

A Note from UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Dear Network Members, Coalition Partners, Colleagues, and Friends, We’re thrilled to bring you the second edition of Brain Health Equity Insights, a platform that highlights UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2) intersectional approach to understanding and addressing brain health disparities through community engagement, research, health practice, and policy. Over the past few months, our focus has been on building out the learning network and putting equity and access front-and-center in our national conversation on Alzheimer’s and brain health. Earlier this month, we were at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Philadelphia where we accepted the Advancing Health Equity
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May 29, 2019 - Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. & Mark J. Yaffe, MD

Physicians & Caregivers: A needed partnership in the fight against Alzheimer’s

“How are you doing?” That simple, common question conveys caring and concern. Nearly a decade ago, the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommended that doctors ask this question of those who care for older or chronically ill patients. But according to a new A-LIST® survey, caregivers don’t hear those words often enough from health care providers. The A-LIST® is an online community of individuals living with or caring for those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Members participate in various studies and research projects, providing unique, self-reported data that represents the voice of the patient and caregiver community. This caregiver-focused