Alzheimer's Blog - Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation

Supervision of Alzheimer’s Residents in Assisted Living Facilities

By Allan Vann, Huffington Post, February 15, 2016 I am incredibly fortunate to have my wife, Clare, residing in an excellent assisted living facility (ALF). Residents with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of dementia are in a separate lock-down unit in a facility that has many caring aides and five or six hours of daily scheduled […]

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5 Steps for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

By Allan Vann, Huffington Post, October 26, 2015 Once a loved one receives an Alzheimer’s disease (AD) diagnosis, there are five actions that should be taken as soon as possible. If important actions are taken while your loved one is still in early stages, these important decisions can be made together. The longer a caregiver waits to […]

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Alzheimer’s and the NFL

By Allan Vann, Huffington Post, September 1, 2015 This is an open letter to NFL Commissioner Goodell, team owners, and players: As another season of the National Football League (NFL) season is about to begin, I would like to suggest an easy way for the NFL to demonstrate its concern for player safety that would, at the same […]

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NY Legislators Push $1B Bond Issue for Alzheimer’s Research

By Laura Blasey, Newsday, August 11, 2015 A Long Island legislator is pushing a $1 billion bond issue for neuroscience and Alzheimer’s disease research that aims to make New York the top state in the field. Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) and state Sen. David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown) announced their research initiative Tuesday at the Feinstein Institute for Medical […]

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Dementia Units Require Full-time Managers

By Allan Vann, McKnights, November 10, 2014 My wife, Clare, has been living in an assisted living residence for more than a year. Aside from the onsite executive director, there are various other onsite administrators in charge of major departments. These staff members include directors of resident services, food services, recreation services, maintenance. Clare has Alzheimer’s disease, […]

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Pat Bowlen and Alzheimer’s

By Allan Vann, The Denver Post, July 27, 2014 Pat Bowlen’s resignation from Bronco ownership due to Alzheimer’s affords the Broncos a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to their former owner and help him and all Americans dealing with Alzheimer’s.  Each October the Broncos and all NFL teams promote breast cancer awareness.  Players wear pink on their […]

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Placing a Loved One in Assisted Living

By Allan Vann, Social Work Today, May/June, 2014 Seven months after placing my wife, Clare, in the dementia unit of a nearby Assisted Living Facility (ALF) in September, 2013 I unexpectedly plunged into a weeklong bout of serious depression. Until that time, I thought I had been dealing as well as could be expected while adjusting to […]

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Alzheimer’s — would you want to know?

By Michael Dobie, Long Island Newsday, March 14, 2014 Suppose you are a senior citizen and a blood test could predict with near certainty whether you are going to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia in the next few years. Would you want to know? It’s been a parlor-game question for years that people have […]

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First Large-scale Study Finds Cognitive Training Aids in Long-term Function in Older People

By Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, January 13, 2014 The first large-scale trial to show that training improves cognitive function in older adults could reduce the number of people experiencing functional impairment by 38 percent by 2050, according to a new report. The Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) study, scheduled to be released Monday, followed […]

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