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We have a Dynamic Duo speaking at our First Wednesday Workshop!

Larry Hand, DDS & Stacy Hand, MA, CVT will be discussing, "Importance of Oral Hygiene for Your Brain" on October 5, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Bridge Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center, 851 Olive Street.

Feel free to bring your loved one directly impacted by dementia as we will have an activity available during this free mini workshop. If you’re not able to attend in person, the workshop session will be uploaded to our YouTube channel by the end of the day.

Call 318-656-4800 and let us know you’ll be attending or for more information. #alzbridge
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We have a Dynamic Duo speaking at our First Wednesday Workshop! 

Larry Hand, DDS & Stacy Hand, MA, CVT will be discussing, Importance of Oral Hygiene for Your Brain on October 5, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Bridge Alzheimers and Dementia Resource Center, 851 Olive Street. 

Feel free to bring your loved one directly impacted by dementia as we will have an activity available during this free mini workshop. If you’re not able to attend in person, the workshop session will be uploaded to our YouTube channel by the end of the day.

Call 318-656-4800 and let us know you’ll be attending or for more information. #alzbridge

We are proud to introduce the keynote speaker for our Second Annual Conference on Alzheimer's & Dementia, Beth Nolan, PhD, who works as a representative from the Teepa Snow Organization! Her discussion topic will be, "A Positive Approach to Dementia Care."
Registration for the conference is open: loom.ly/spRNsu8
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We are proud to introduce the keynote speaker for our Second Annual Conference on Alzheimers & Dementia, Beth Nolan, PhD, who works as a representative from the Teepa Snow Organization! Her discussion topic will be, A Positive Approach to Dementia Care.
Registration for the conference is open: https://loom.ly/spRNsu8
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7 Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer’s

Written by: Stacey Hand

We all want healthy bodies, and perhaps even more we want healthy brains. Unfortunately, there is no pill that a doctor can prescribe to keep our brains at peak performance but there is real hope if we focus on where some of the most exciting Alzheimer’s disease successes in research have been achieved…PREVENTION!

There is substantial clinical evidence from studies and trials around the globe (some of it being done right here in northwest Louisiana by the LSU-Ochsner Center for Brain Health) that demonstrate how much control each of us can have over the well-being and function of our brains as we age.  If each of us commits to adapting our lives in ways both small and large, we can have a significant impact on whether the symptoms of cognitive decline ever emerge during our lifetimes.

Here are some ways that each of us can protect our brains:

  1. We can eat a Mediterranean diet. The particulars of this way of eating are readily found in books, articles and on the internet, but for our purposes what we can focus on is eating fewer processed foods, fewer animal products and lots more fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts.  Try Meatless Mondays (or as many days a week as you want!), substituting fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, or eggplant for the meat in your spaghetti sauce.  Be creative and find lots of ways to fix delicious meals with little or no meat and read the ingredients on everything you buy.  The fewer ingredients the better…if you don’t know what it is, don’t put it in your body!
  2. Move more every day. You don’t have to become a jogger or go to the gym or buy special clothes—though you certainly can if you want to. Add 11 minutes of movement to each day and you will have started an honest-to-goodness brain protection program.  Chair exercises, a stroll around the block, even housework and gardening  count.  Just make a point to sit less and move more.
  3. Don’t give up in the battle for a good night’s sleep. Shoot for 7 hours per night, screens off at least one hour before bed. When you’re sleeping, your brain is busy cleaning out the damaging amyloid plaques that build up throughout the day. Give it plenty of time to get the job done!  If you need pointers on good sleep hygiene there are lots of sources of information but start with turning off your screens at least an hour before bed, limiting liquid after supper, reading something calming before turning out the light and making sure your bedroom is cool and very dark.
  4. See your dentist regularly. Keep your teeth clean and your gums infection free.  Bacteria from infected gum tissue are being found in the brains  of persons with Alzheimer’s disease.  That means you must floss…daily, please…and have your teeth professionally cleaned twice yearly.  Your dental hygienist can do many things that you cannot to keep your teeth and gums problem free.  We don’t know all the details yet on how oral health is connected to brain health, but researchers are confident that there’s a link.
  5. Prevent or manage any chronic health issues that are part of your life. Take your medicine and follow doctors’ directions to keep the consequences of heart disease, COPD, hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses from causing trouble for your brain. Persons with co-morbidities have a greater likelihood of suffering cognitive decline.
  6. Keep your life interesting. Continue to engage with lots of different people, staying open to the opportunities to make new acquaintances and try new things. Keep learning.  Music does more than soothe the savage beast…it protects our brains as well.  Enjoy music in all its forms; listen to lots of different genres, move to music (two birds with one stone!), and play or learn to play an instrument or two.  Too late, you say?  Not at all when you consider that learning to play a musical instrument has been recognized as one of the top tier ways of keeping our brains sharp.
  7. And finally, for this article we challenge you to find ways to reduce your stress. Lots of the actions we’ve already suggested will help but be aware of what your usual stress reducers are and focus on those that are positive such as, taking a walk, listening to (or making) music, cooking, gardening, reading, praying, visiting with good friends, or anything else that you find calming or that makes you happy. Let go of things that are causing you stress if possible and develop a bedtime or sleep routine that helps prevent ruminating in the night.  A pad by the bed to jot things to remember can help with things that slipped your mind during the day.

Stay tuned for more information on brain health and if you would like some individual coaching or need education or advice on Alzheimer’s or dementia in your world, call us at The Bridge Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center at 318-656-4800.  Our vision is to create a community in Northwest Louisiana where no one affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia makes the journey alone.

Stacey Hand is the Dementia Educator at The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center in Shreveport.  She has a master’s degree in Gerontology, and she is a Certified Validation Teacher for the international Validation Training Institute. She has worked in independent senior living and long-term care over the past decade and cared for her mother-in-law and mother, who were both diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Stacey will be one of the speakers at The Bridge’s Second Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s & Dementia on Friday, November 4. Her topic is: “Behavior is Just an Expression of an Unmet Need”

 

PRESS RELEASE

THE BRIDGE ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA RESOURCE CENTER ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE:  

“A POSITIVE APPROACH TO DEMENTIA”

The Bridge Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center will hold the Second Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s and Dementia on November 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Bain Hall at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, presented by The Alta and John Franks Foundation.  Doors will open at 7:30 a.m.  Admission is $25 per person and the event is open to all who wish to attend; however, seating is limited.

If you are in the world of dementia care, you have likely heard of Teepa Snow, world renowned educator and Master Trainer in the field of dementia. For over 40 years, she has built an organization, Positive Approach to Care (PAC). The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center is excited to bring to you our keynote speaker for our 2022 conference, Beth Nolan, PhD, who is a representative from the Teepa Snow organization.

Additional speakers include Meghan Harris, “Coffee & Conversation with Dr. Meghan Harris,” Dr. Carl Rhoads, “The Habit of Happiness,” Stacey Hand, MA, CVP, “Behavior is Just an Expression of an Unmet Need,” Elizabeth Disbrow, PhD, “The Latest in Alzheimer’s Research,” and Evelyn Pryor, MD, “Caring for the Caregiver.” Panel discussions are scheduled in the morning and afternoon.

There will also be chances to view different exhibits during breaks between speakers.  These senior care exhibitors will be in attendance to provide information and resources to those who are interested.

The goal of the conference is to provide resources, information, and education for family members, caregivers and professionals caring for individuals affected by Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. Family caregivers, seniors, students, activity professionals, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and others whose lives are affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias are encouraged to attend.

For additional information and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact The Bridge Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center at (318) 656-4800; or visit www.alzbridgeconference.org.

The Bridge Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center provides a comprehensive support system for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, healthcare professionals and first responders by providing in-person education, resources and support through a centralized service that is continuously expanding to meet the growing needs of the community. For a detailed list of programs and services, please visit alzbridge.org.

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