— 31st  Annual Caregivers Conference – Caregiving: Creating Moments of Joy by Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium Members     Friday, November 10th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Korean Central Presbyterian Church 15451 Lee Highway, Centerville, VA 20121   Please join us for our 31st Annual Caregivers Conference! Creating Moments of Joy. This year’s speakers include: Jolene Brackey, Founder, Enhanced Moments, who specializes in creating positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers. …

— In 2010, AARP Arkansas helped initiate creation of the Arkansas Silver Alert—a system that mobilizes searches for lost adults with Alzheimer’s disease and similar cognitive disorders. Silver Alerts are based on the same concept of immediately alerting and disseminating information statewide through various  media outlets as the Amber Alert for missing children. Silver Alerts use a wide array of media outlets—such as commercial radio stations, television stations, and cable TV—to broadcast information about missing persons. Silver Alerts also use variable-message signs on roadways …

— One Disease, One Family, One Night. Written and directed by visiting scholar Jeffrey Steiger and produced by SMHS faculty Charles Samenow, MD, MPH, “TANGLES,” is a dynamic musical play and a multidisciplinary educational and outreach initiative that uniquely fuses traditional theatrical storytelling with research. The production engages healthcare providers, patients, families, and caregivers in dialogue, education, and healing related to the impact of neurocognitive disorders. The story focuses around Gwendolyn Taylor, who has been an inspiration and loving presence in …

— The Virgin Islands is a nature lover’s paradise, with mountains, beaches and lush vegetation. But the terrain can be dangerous for people with dementia or cognitive impairments if they lose their way outdoors. AARP Virgin Islands fought successfully for a new law that alerts government agencies if someone with dementia is reported missing. Similar to Amber Alert programs for missing children, the Silver Alert system expedites the response when a person with a mental impairment goes missing. Some 90 percent …

— Former television news anchor Diane Ako writes about her life as a mother, wife and caregiver to her mother, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s, in her “Peace of Mind” blog This was the first year Mother’s Day was hard for me, and this feeling takes me by surprise. When I go to see her, I’m usually chirpy and full of updates – which will never be understood but make me feel better to put out there. This year, …

— Papakolea’s Adrienne Dillard is one of ten finalists for AARP AAPI Community Hero Awards Contest and needs votes on Facebook to become one of the top three winners. Dillard, the executive director of Kula no na Po‘e Hawaii, was nominated for her efforts to build an age- and dementia-friendly community across generations in the Hawaiian Home Lands community of Papakolea on Oahu. The Kawaihonaakealoa – Papakolea’s Elder Service Project – supports kupuna by providing services that will allow them to …

— By Dr. Smita Patel Proton pump inhibitors or “PPIs” are a class of drugs that treat acid reflux and peptic ulcers. The three most commonly prescribed PPIs are omeprazole, pantoprazole and esomeprazole. In recent years, some studies reported that PPIs increase risk for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. We hear patients asking questions about this issue, so I’d like to clarify what we currently know about this risk. A number of large-scale observational studies have found that people taking PPIs long-term …

— If you are one of an estimated 837,000 Hoosiers who provide unpaid care for a family member or friend—or expect to be a caregiver in the future—AARP Indiana invites you to Caregiving Night on Thursday, June 22, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Experts will answer questions about elder law, dementia, Adult Protective Services, Area Agencies on Aging, resources for caregivers, compassion fatigue and self-care. To provide some fun as well, the event will include a trivia contest, drinks, hors …

— The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter will host its first Healthy Brain Symposium in Tualatin on Monday, June 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event aims to raise awareness of signs for early detection and to highlight the role of healthy lifestyles in reducing the risk of cognitive decline. About 63,000 people 65 and older are living with dementia in Oregon, a number projected to grow to 84,000 by 2025. AARP members are invited to attend the symposium at the …

— Strategies for improving brain health, coping with dementia and what to do when a loved one is hospitalized are part of a free workshop for caregivers at the University of Hawaii Maui College on July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. “Caring for family is a tough job and education and training is a way to ease the stress of caregiving,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, state director for AARP Hawaii. People thinking about their future needs, caregivers and family members …