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Alzheimer's Disease


Alzheimer's Disease



RESIDENTS' RIGHTS TODAY: RESPECTFUL CARE IN CHANGING TIMES

This program is a must for healthcare workers in Assisted Living Facilities. Join us as we explore various strategies for managing AD residents with patience and respect, all the while reducing the stress level of each healthcare professional. Meets Florida State Requirements for Alzheimer's Training.

DVD / 20 minutes

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ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES: LEVEL II

This program is a must for healthcare workers in Assisted Living Facilities. Join us as we explore various strategies for managing AD residents with patience and respect, all the while reducing the stress level of each healthcare professional. Meets Florida State Requirements for Alzheimer's Training.

DVD / 2011 / 58 minutes

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INTRODUCTION TO VALIDATION: COMMUNICATING WITH VERY OLD PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S AND OTHER DEMENTIAS

This DVD provides an excellent overview and introduction to the Validation Method. Using demonstrations by Naomi Feil and Vicki De Klerk working with people diagnosed Alzheimer's-type dementia, both principles and techniques are illustrated. This is a great DVD for those new to Validation as well as students of Validation. A great inservice teaching tool.

  • What is Validation
  • Qualities of a Practitioner
  • Principles
  • Who are the disoriented old
  • Resolution
  • Phase 1: Malorientation
  • Phase 2: Time Confusion
  • Phase 3: Repetitive Motion
  • Phase 4: Vegetation
  • Validation Techniques: Centering & Calibration
  • Verbal Techniques: Rephrasing, Open Questions, Polarity, Reminiscing, Ambiguity and Say their emotion,
  • Non-Verbal Techniques: Mirroring, Touch and Music

    DVD / 2011 / 25 minutes

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    UNDERSTANDING ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA IN LONG-TERM CARE

    This series will equip caregivers with the understanding and skills to provide better care for residents in mild, moderate, and severe stages of Alzheimer's. It breaks down the symptoms of each stage, and gives solid steps to enable caregivers to address and help residents through each stage with dignity.

    1) Part One (Mild Stage)
    2) Part Two (Moderate Stage)
    3) Part Three (Severe Stage)


    DVD / 2007 / 90 minutes

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    ADULTS WITH DOWN SYNDROME AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR CAREGIVERS

    With the current growth in life expectancy for persons with Down syndrome and a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, this timely and informative program will help professional and family caregivers to understand the changes Alzheimer's can cause in memory, communication, and behavior. It provides effective strategies caregivers can use to provide care and support while encouraging autonomy and self esteem-during the early, middle, and late stages.

    Also interspersed throughout, is the real story of Jim Gillis, a man with Down syndrome and later, Alzheimer's. Shared by his mother, Ann, Jim's story documents the progression of changes from onset to late-stage Alzheimer's.


    DVD / 2006 / 48 minutes

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: CLEARING UP CONFUSION

    By Jay Lombard, DO

    Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, is a fatal, progressive neurodegenerative disorder. However, early detection and intervention can help mitigate the patient's deterioration and ease the strain that AD places on the patient's family and caregivers. In this program, Dr. Lombard offers insights into early detection and clinical evaluation of patients with AD, including interpretation of imaging studies. He also reviews current treatment strategies and discusses supportive care. The program concludes with a case presentation, in which Dr. Lombard interviews an actual patient with AD.


    DVD / 2006 / 60 minutes

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES - LEVEL I

    A must for health care workers in assisted living facilities. Understand AD through the family's eyes with interviews from family members and staff. Meets the Florida Level I requirement for ALF's.

    DVD / 2004 / 90 minutes

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: IS IT DELIRUM OR DEMENTIA? FOR NURSING HOME

    Explores several successful methods for dealing with residents who have an altered mental status. These methods will make your job easier, even rewarding, and calm the concerns of the family members.

    DVD / 2002 / 35 minutes

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    WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE HAS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

    Features personal interviews with caregivers of people with Alzheimer's. Provides emotional support and useful information on how to deal with this difficult disease.

    Award
  • 1995 Columbus International Film Festiva Award Winner

    DVD / 1995 / 30 minutes

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    CARING FOR THE ALZHEIMER'S RESIDENT: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF NANCY MOORE

    Nurse's Aide, Nancy Moore, relates the customized patient skills needed in caring for Alzheimer's residents. As she progresses through her daily routine, the critical role of the nurse's aide in determining the quality of care is emphasized, as well as the importance of maintaining the patient's dignity and independence.

    DVD / 1990 / Approx. 28 minutes

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: COPING WITH CONFUSION

    Stresses specific interventions for problems of personal hygiene, nutrition, exercise, incontinence, wandering, communication, and agitation.

    DVD / 1989 / 28 minutes

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    ADVANCES IN MANAGING ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

    Kevin M. Furmaga, PharmD; Michael Koronkowski, PharmD; Vinod Kumar, MD, MRC

    Topics include: Pathophysiology and Non-Cognitive Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease; Cognitive Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease; Future Directions in Drug Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease.


    DVD / 60 minutes

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND DEMENTIA

    Robert G. Nixon, BA, EMT-P; Jerry Douglas, MD; Ramona Stanfill, RN

    This program will feature experts giving presentations on how to understand Alzheimer's disease and its effects. This program is designed to educate emergency medical professionals and nurses on the care of the patient with Alzheimer's disease, as well as dementia. This program will increase the viewer's awareness of Alzheimer's signs and symptoms, differentiate dementia from senility and focus on how to care for the patient with Alzheimer's disease.


    DVD / 60 minutes

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND RELATED DISORDERS IV (FOR HOME HEALTH)

    This program addresses common issues that caregivers in a home health setting will face in treating a patient with Alzheimer's. Join us as we discuss the stages of Alzheimer's and the modifications that can be made in the home to help these patients.

    DVD

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: ADVANCES IN DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT

    Donald Royall, MD; Steven Inbody, MD; Rachelle Doody, MD, PhD; Jary Lesser, MD

    Understanding problem behaviour and dementia, strategy for treating Alzheimer's, differential diagnosis, management of non-cognitive symptoms.


    DVD / 120 minutes

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: CATASTROPHIC REACTIONS AND OTHER FEAR-INDUCED BEHAVIORS

    Presented by Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH

    Extreme agitation, outbursts and catastrophic reactions are some of the most difficult behaviors associated with Alzheimer's disease reported by staff. These behaviors are emotionally distressing and even potentially dangerous for staff, the resident and other residents in the immediate area. By understanding what triggers or causes these behaviors, in many instances they can be prevented.

    In a discussion with Dr. Peter V. Rabins, staff identify multiple situations which can precipitate catastrophic reactions. These include: a resident with Alzheimer's disease being approached by someone they don't remember or know; a caregiver attempting to provide personal care; a change in environment such as a new room or roommate; a change in routine; a change in care provider; or even a change in where the resident sits at mealtimes. While these are some of the most usually encountered situations which can cause a fearful or catastrophic reaction, nursing staff emphasize that each individual resident with Alzheimer's responds differently.

    Knowing each individual is the best way to avoid catastrophic reactions.


    DVD / (Nursing staff in long term care and assisted living; students in nursing assistant training programs, allied health and nursing.) / 20 minutes

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: IS IT DELIRIUM OR DEMENTIA ADULT DAY CARE

    Explores several successful methods for dealing with residents who have an altered mental status. These methods will make your job easier, even rewarding, and calm the concerns of the family members. (Designed for Nursing Home personnel.)

    DVD / 35 minutes

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: IS IT DELIRIUM OR DEMENTIA FOR HOSPICE

    Explores several successful methods for dealing with residents who have an altered mental status. These methods will make your job easier, even rewarding, and calm the concerns of the family members. (Designed for Nursing Home personnel.)

    DVD / 35 minutes

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: NATURAL FEEDING TECHNIQUES

    This 14 minute program will show your caregiving staff how to manage feeding difficulties in late stage Alzheimer's residents. Through the use of the procedures outlined in this program, most late stage Alzheimer's patients can continue to be fed orally rather than with a gastrostomy tube.

    The program also dramatically demonstrates, through three cases studies, that natural oral feeding techniques (rather than tube feeding) can:
  • decrease infection
  • increase patient comfort
  • improve quality of life for the patient

    DVD / 14 minutes

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: PIECES OF THE PUZZLE

    This training program, which includes five programs divided into ten modules, is an excellent and comprehensive resource for for improving the quality of care provided by both staff and family caregivers. The package provides pratical information designed to improve understanding of the disease and to enhance the caregiving skills of people who work with individuals who have Alzheimer's disease.

    Topics include:
  • stress and taking care of yourself
  • overview of Alzheimer's disease
  • improving communication effectiveness
  • the physical environment
  • safety
  • medications
  • assisting with activities of daily living
  • coping with problem behaviors
  • recreational activities

    DVD (With instructor's Manual) / 115 minutes

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    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: POSITIVE SOLUTIONS TO MINIMIZE FEARFUL BEHAVIORS

    Presented by Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH

    This DVD, filmed in a nursing home, features Dr. Peter Rabins and nursing staff discussing steps to minimize fearful behaviors which often occur with Alzheimer's disease.

    The first step is developing a relationship with the Alzheimer's patient, knowing about their life and the things they enjoyed doing when they were younger. This connection is very important to making the person with Alzheimer's disease feel safe when they are receiving care.

    Next, identify the situations which trigger catastrophic reactions and other fearful behavior in each resident with Alzheimer's disease. Triggers may be simple things like: bathing; medical appliances; a change of staff; a new roommate; or even not being able to sit next to someone they like at mealtimes. Often outbursts or agitation happen because the person with Alzheimer's disease no longer has the verbal skills to communicate the problem. These behaviors are disruptive to the care and the emotional well-being of Alzheimer's patients, other residents and staff.

    The nursing staff featured in this program suggests the following... When working with an Alzheimer's patient, even if you regularly provide care, always remind the resident who you are and explain what care you will be providing both before and while you are doing it. They also stress the importance of using a positive, gentle tone of voice, and encouraging facial expressions to reassure the frightened the resident. Using distraction and talking to the resident about familiar things which give them pleasure is also beneficial. Never insist on providing care if a resident refuses the care or does not want to do something. This will escalate fearful outbursts or agitation. Come back later, or ask someone more familiar with the resident to help out. Most of all, find a way to enter into their world, accept their reality, understand their fears and take them to an emotionally safe place.


    DVD / (Nursing assistants and other staff in long-term care, assisted living and day care) / 20 minutes

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    COMMUNICATING WITH THE ALZHEIMER'S-TYPE POPULATION: THE VALIDATION METHOD

    Marge, The Blamer, and Muriel, The Wanderer

    Marge and Muriel are combined in a 19 minute superb teaching tool. This practical documentary offers caregivers methods for communicating with disoriented very old people (probable Alzheimer's or related disorders). The video addresses how to deal with elderly people who begin making unfair or seemingly irrational accusations against those who care for them. By way of example, the video shows caregivers what to do when an 85 year old woman wanders from home, doesn't recognize her family, and becomes abusive.

    In clear "before" and "after" scenes, Muriel and Marge offer families and staff helping techniques that will reduce burnout for caregivers and stress for the very old person.


    DVD / 19 minutes

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    DRESS HIM WHILE HE WALKS: BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT IN CARING FOR RESIDENTS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

    Dress Him While He Walks is a sensitive and realistic video that addresses several difficult behavior patterns of Alzheimer's residents. The video demonstrates practical ways of dealing with difficult behaviors such as wandering, angry outbursts and delusions. For example, Earl's clothes are changed on the run since pacing is his normal behavior and Patsy is offered finger food while she wanders.

    Since the behavior of Alzheimer's residents rarely conform to the standards of behaviors accepted by the rest of society, the caregiving staff adapts to each resident's specific behavior patterns. Acceptance and understanding that the resident's behaviors are appropriate for the disease become the key in successfully caring for these residents.


    DVD / 20 minutes

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    FACING ALZHEIMER'S: CONVERSATIONS WITH CAREGIVERS

    By Chris DuKanis

    This program takes an in-depth look at the impact caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can have on the caregiver, the other family members and their lifestyles. From diagnosis to the final days of caregiving, this program goes past surface issues to uncover the vast range of emotions, the often overwhelming uncertainties and the difficult decisions caregivers experience but rarely talk about openly.

    The program is divided into two sessions. Session One includes discussions on:
  • Initial reactions to diagnosis - anger guilt and denial
  • Coping with changes in a loved one
  • Grieving
  • Remembering to care for yourself
  • Changes in the marital relationship
  • Children as caregivers for their parents

    Session Two includes discussion on:
  • Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home
  • Placing a loved one in a nursing home
  • Taking comfort in good memories of a loved one
  • The value of caregiver respite and support groups
  • The lessons caregivers learned in taking care of their loved one
  • Letting go and saying goodbye

    Facing Alzheimer's leaves the viewer with valuable insights into the physical, mental and emotional commitment that caregiving requires and reinforces the fact that caregivers themselves need to have a solid support base in order to provide the best care. This program will also give family members and friends not directly involved in the caregiving process a better understanding of the tremendous effort involved in caring for someone with Alzheimer's.


    DVD / 57 minutes

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    GERIATRICS HORIZONS: ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

    Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW; Pierre N. Tariot, MD; Cornelia Beck, PhD; Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD

    Awareness of what patients & families want from health professionals; behavioral intervention which can be used to decrease disruptive behaviors and functional performance; Learn the cardinal features of dementia which will permit early diagnosis.


    DVD / 90 minutes

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    RABINS RESPONSE TO THE CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, THE

    Presented by Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH

    This DVD presents an interactive workshop with long term care staff conducted by Peter V. Rabins addressing care of Alzheimer's patient presenting challenging behaviors. Content includes discussion with nursing staff, staff interviews and actual patient íV staff vignettes with Dr. Rabins.

    In discussing patient cases, Rabins asks nursing staff to consider the following questions:
  • What is the problem behavior?
  • Why is it a problem? Is it really a problem?
  • When does the behavior happen?
  • Where does the behavior happen?
  • Who is around when it happens?

    With information provided by the answers to these questions, Rabins helps care providers identify the triggers which have precipitated the behaviors. Once the triggers have been identified, together they develop strategies to both prevent these behaviors and minimize them if they should occur. Implementing this technique can transform seemingly difficult patients, minimizing upsetting situations both for the patient and staff.


    DVD / (Long-term care nursing staff, family caregiver) / 20 minutes

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    RECOGNIZING THE EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF THE PERSON WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

    Presented by Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH

    Because of difficulty with language skills, individuals with Alzheimer's disease are often unable to express their emotions. This video will help viewers discover why it is important to encourage emotional well-being and to assess the emotions of patients, esspecial those who have difficulty communicating. In a discussion with nursing assistants, Dr. Rabins explores the long ignored reality of the importance of the emotional well-being of the Alzheimer's patients. Nursing assistants explain why a patient's emotions are key to quality care. "If you understand their emotional needs, the rest of their care just falls into place."

    Nursing assistants in this DVD explain that by knowing their residents they can easily tell if a person is more confused than usual, sad, frightened, or happy. They explain the importance of observing the resident's body language, facial expressions, and willingness to engage. For Alzheimer's patients, calling out, wandering, refusing to eat, and changes in sleep patterns may all be signals of emotional need. This program includes patient footage, and interactive staff discussions.


    DVD / (Staff development in long-term care, assisted living and day care; students in nursing and allied health programs.) / 20 minutes

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    THOUSAND TOMORROWS, A: INTIMACY, SEXUALITY AND ALZHEIMER'S

    One of the major changes that Alzheimer's disease brings to a spousal relationship is how it affects intimacy and sexuality. Through candid interviews with spouse caregivers and where possible, the spouse who has Alzheimer's, this video explores issues such as:

  • blurring of roles between caregiver and intimate partner as the need for caregiving increases
  • changes in behavior that affect intimacy between the partners
  • changes in sexual attraction between the partners

    The video opens up sensitive and sometimes taboo issues surrounding intimacy, sexuality, and Alzheimer's disease so that those couples and individuals dealing with these issues can feel more free to talk about them in support groups or with professionals.


    DVD / 31 minutes

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