Q&A with Lydia Burdick, author of ‘The Sunshine on My Face’

Q: 10 years ago you wrote the first book in the Two-Lap® Series, The Sunshine on My Face. How did you develop the idea for such a unique book? My mother had mid- to late-stage dementia, and I was feeling frustrated during my visits with her. She would basically sit in the den, have something to eat and drink, and watch TV. Mom wasn't speaking or smiling. We were definitely not doing anything together that brought happiness to either one of us during our visits. One visit, I casually gave my mother a magazine to look at. I wondered how exactly she was using that magazine. Was she actually … [Read more...]

It’s time to revolutionize elder care

Dr. Al Power, award-winning author and internationally renowned geriatrician, opened the 2016 Eden Alternative International Conference with his keynote address focusing on this year's conference theme: It's about time. Always an eloquent speaker, Al presented the audience with four points, all prefaced with, "It's about time we..." Groundbreaking and possibly even controversial, the ideas presented here are entirely person-directed (the absolute core of culture change). Dr. Power presents his ideas with examples of model communities who adopted these practices—across the board, there was an … [Read more...]

Best of 2016 Awards: Senior care just doesn’t get much better than Americare!

Congratulations to Americare for winning SEVEN Best of 2016 Awards from SeniorAdvisor.com! Americare partners with HPP to adopt the Best Friends™ Approach in their memory care communities. Americare trains every employee in the Best Friends approach, and uses the Life Story as the foundation for a personalized care plan that's built on the foundations of friendship—respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor. HPP is happy to call Americare our Best Friends, and we congratulate them for their hard work in improving the lives of elders. Full press release below. (PRWEB) APRIL 05, 2016 The … [Read more...]

Unique Alzheimer’s resource revives hidden abilities

  For Immediate Release Contact: Kaitlin Konecke, Marketing Coordinator Phone: 410-337-9585 x181 Email: kkonecke@healthpropress.com Unique Alzheimer's resource revives hidden abilities Baltimore, MD (March, 2016) — Health Professions Press has released the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Sunshine on My Face by Lydia Burdick, author of the acclaimed Two-Lap Book® series. Now available in print format and as an e-book, this beautiful anniversary edition honors a decade of connecting caregivers with their loved ones with Alzheimer's disease through a shared reading … [Read more...]

Comfort in Counseling for People with Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease: A Q & A with HPP author and LCSW Robyn Yale

An early-stage Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis can feel devastating, yet there is hope and support available. Robyn Yale, who pioneered some of the first available support groups for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, discusses the healing powers of counseling for people who have received an early-stage Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Her latest book, Counseling People with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease: A Powerful Process of Transformation, provides practitioners with an innovative therapeutic model specifically designed to meet the unique needs of clients living with Alzheimer’s. The book’s … [Read more...]

The Link Between Age-Related Hearing Loss and Dementia

By Guest Blogger Joan McKechnie BSc Hons Audiology & Speech Pathology The estimates for people who are hard of hearing and/or deaf across America vary from 22 million to 36 million. The figures are based on statistics from The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the U.S. Census Bureau. There is no statistic showing the cause for hearing loss amongst these groups, but based on other western counties, age related hearing loss, as well as noise induced hearing loss are likely to be the two main reasons. In recent years, … [Read more...]

New Facebook App “FaceDementia” Simulates the Experience of Dementia for Online Users

  By Kimberley Beauchamp Fear. Grief. Confusion. Frustration. Loneliness. These are just a few of many painful emotions that a person facing dementia might feel day to day. Short of living through dementia ourselves, how can we ever begin to comprehend the feelings that our loved one experiences? We might research and read about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in books or online, or talk to the doctors and the experts to understand the physical and cognitive symptoms. But the Best Friends Approach encourages us to go a step further and truly picture ourselves in the shoes of … [Read more...]

Rhyme, Rythm, and Reconnection

*** My mind's not at all a blank slate, Though I cannot keep track of the date Or the day of the week, And facts play hide-and-seek, For my mind to be blank would be great. Instead it is wired like spaghetti; It conflates the important and petty; The connections of things Are like tangles of strings Or like celebratory confetti. *** HPP Author Gary Glazner discusses how poetry helps people with dementia connect with others and rediscover their creative potential By Kimberly Beauchamp The preceding poem was crafted by Santa Fe poet Stuart Hall, who read about his personal … [Read more...]

Celebrate National Nutrition Month® with two resources from HPP that support healthy eating in older adults!

By Kimberly Beauchamp In celebration of National Nutrition Month® (March), Health Professions Press presents the essential ingredients for healthy eating in older adults—delicious, nutritious foods, a mixture of family and friends, and a helping of happiness at the table. The theme of National Nutrition Month® 2015 is “bite into a healthy lifestyle,” an idea that couldn’t be more appropriate for older adults in both the home and in long-term care settings. As we age, our sense of taste and smell dull, and eating may lose some of its pleasure, yet good nutritional intake is more essential … [Read more...]