Amada Senior Care Blog

The 10 Absolutes of Caregiving for Alzheimer’s Patients

By Jane Noble June 3, 2013 At Amada, we know that caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia takes an endless amount of patience. Professional caregivers are trained to handle difficult situations and respond to the varying moods of their clients – but family caregivers usually have no previous experience to draw on. Jo Huey, an Alzheimer’s caregiver for over 30 years, has created what she calls “The 10 Absolutes of Alzheimer’s Caregiving.” She shares more stories of her experiences in her book “Alzheimer’s Disease: Help and Hope.”  The 10 Absolutes provide practical yet compassionate strategies for…

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The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

By Jane Noble May 28, 2013 EVERY 70 SECONDS, SOMEONE IN THE U.S. DEVELOPS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Dementia is an overall term for the many diseases that cause memory loss, behavioral problems and cognitive decline due to physical changes in the brain. Of these different diseases, Alzheimer’s is the best known and currently affects 5.4 million Americans – accounting for 60 to 80 percent of cases. The disease is frequently diagnosed once other forms of dementia have been ruled out, as only an autopsy can definitively prove its presence. There is, as of today, no known cure for Alzheimer’s – however,…

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Can an Apple a Day Keep Dementia at Bay?: Diet and Brain Health

By Jane Noble May 28, 2013 As of yet, there is no known cure for Dementia and Alzheimer’s, but more and more research is suggesting a close link between diet and brain health. Though we cannot control a possible genetic predisposition towards Alzheimer’s or stop ourselves from getting old, we can certainly adopt a healthy lifestyle and control what we put in our mouths. Okinawa prefecture is the southernmost prefecture, or state, in Japan. It consists of hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 620 miles long, and claims the largest number of centenarians in the world. Centenarians,…

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HEALTHCARE IS A TEAM SPORT: Hospitals, Doctors & Caregivers Working Together to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Jane Noble 27 March 2013 Over 2 million Medicare patients, many of them elderly, are readmitted to the hospital for the same condition within 30 days of being discharged. These hospital readmissions are no doubt depressing for patients and their families, and the extra Medicare costs stack up to a daunting $17.5 billion annually. A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ( entitled The Revolving Door: A Report on US Hospital Readmissions analyzes hospital specific Medicare data provided by the Dartmouth Atlas Project and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and focuses on regional and hospital variation in…

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New Transparency in Medicine

Transparency in Medicine and Its Effect On Sales Reps in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry By Jane Noble, May 14, 2013 As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a new ruling will come into effect at the end of March 2013.  The Physician Payment Sunshine Act mandates that pharmaceutical and medical device companies report any payments made to physicians.  These payments are widespread and until recently were considered a trade secret but will become public record in September 2014. The pharmaceutical industry has already experienced dramatic changes over the last 20 years. In the 1990s…

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