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This book covers loving care from the beginning to the end through seven years of Alzheimer's. Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more. During his years of architectural practice in Los Angeles, California, he was honored by his colleagues with design awards for his building projects and by the National Endowment of the Arts for his work showing the effects of design on human behavior.
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The Alzheimer's Generation: What We've Learned in 30 Years
Yet 30 years ago , no one knew its name. If you search the New York Times archives from through for "Alzheimer's disease," only one story refers to the disease, although it was first diagnosed back in The Alzheimer's Association, whose resources are invaluable to so many today, was not even founded until , and it was not until that Ronald Reagan declared an official "Alzheimer's Awareness" week.
Many people regarded the symptoms of confusion and memory loss as just a reality of getting older. The result was that little attention was given to treatment, diagnosis, and more importantly, care and caregivers. While a definitive cure for Alzheimer's is still elusive, there are five FDA-approved drug treatments that help relieve the symptoms of the disease.
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These have all been developed in the past few decades and there are numerous new therapies in the research pipeline. Prior to the s, resources and services for people with memory loss were virtually non-existent, and care was given either at home or in nursing homes. Fortunately, a major shift occurred in the s when the institutionalized medical model of care provided in nursing homes transitioned to the resident-centered social model provided in assisted living communities.
It was during this period in time that assisted living pioneers Paul and Terry Klaassen, founders of Sunrise Senior Living , designed the type of care and services that would always put the resident first, whether or not they have memory loss.
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This approach not only champions quality of life, but also honors the residents' wishes and promotes identity, independence and dignity. As the assisted living industry grew, dedicated wings or free-standing buildings were built specially for residents with memory impairment. These homelike neighborhoods provided a secure, non-restricting environment and promoted a sense of community. Architects then began to focus on the design elements which give residents with memory loss a sense of orientation through built-in environmental cues that helped them find their way and reduce feelings of insecurity.
Design innovations included automatic sensor lights and contrasting colors in bathrooms, tableware designed to be bright and contrasting -- all of which further promote dignity and independence. By the early s, a few assisted living companies identified a need for specialized programs and services specifically designed for residents with Mild Cognitive Impairment MCI or early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
These programs were designed to assist seniors with early signs of memory loss to engage in activities that promote cognitive stimulation, social engagement, mutual support and stress reduction with a goal of delaying memory loss.
Not until recently did studies suggest that lifelong learning, mental and physical exercise, continuing social engagement, stress reduction and proper nutrition may be important factors in promoting cognitive vitality. Thirty years ago, there was little consensus about how best to help those who were disoriented and seemed to live in a different time and place because of Alzheimer's or other forms of memory loss.
That changed in , when internationally renowned social worker Naomi Feil published her seminal work, " Validation: