Dementia Beyond Disease
May 16, 2014: Conversations with Carmen
Guest: Al Power, MD, Board-certified Geriatrician, Eden Educator, Author of Dementia beyond Drugs and Dementia beyond Disease. To learn more and register for this web-based talk show, please visit www.actionpact.com/calendar/event_details/conversations_with_carmen_webinar.
Special Free Screening Coming to a Theatre Near You!
You are invited to attend a free screening of “Alive Inside,” a documentary about the power of music to restore some neurological function and quality of life to nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions.
June 11, 2014 – St. Louis (Des Peres 14)
June 12, 2014 – Lake Ozark (Eagles’ Landing 8)
June 13, 2014 – Bethany (BigTime Cinema)
Stay after the film for a live question & answer session with Dan Cohen, MSW, founding Executive Director of Music & Memory.
Discover the power of music. Do not miss this truly inspirational and heart-warming film!
Advanced registration is not required.
- FREE Nursing Home Administrator 2.0 Patient Care CEUs
- FREE Social Worker 2.0 CEUs
- FREE Activity Professionals 2.0 CEUs
Please view the flyer here: Alive Inside – A Story of Music and Memory June 2014
This event is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter, the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation, the Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change (MC5), and Primaris. Read more about this event in New Generations – Volume 12, Issue 2, Spring 2014!
The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation has published New Generations – Volume 12, Issue 2, Spring 2014.
A complimentary color copy will be distributed via regular mail to each licensed home in Missouri. The spring issue is now available on the Department’s website, along with an archive of previous issues. Please visit http://health.mo.gov/seniors/nursinghomes/providerinfo.php.
August 15 – 16, 2014: Holiday Inn Select Executive Center – Columbia, Mo.
The Caring for the Frail Elderly Conference is the premiere Midwest conference dedicated to improving care for the frail elderly. This inter-professional meeting advances care for older patients in clinical, hospital, nursing home, and end-of-life settings. Since 1991, this annual event has provided state-of-the-art information on medical management, interdisciplinary care, and system change for physicians, nurses, social workers, state surveyors, nursing home administrators, attorneys, pharmacists, and other professionals. To learn more, please visit http://medicine.missouri.edu/cfe/.
April 30, 2014: Speaker: Charles A. Crecelius, MD, PhD, CMD
1. Discuss recent regulatory changes regarding antipsychotic prescribing.
2. Review recent national efforts to decrease antipsychotic use.
3. Compare the role of various team members in ensuring appropriate antipsychotic use.
4. Recognize the elements of an effective gradual dose reduction program.
To learn more about this webinar, please visit Primaris at http://primaris.org/calendar/reducing-antipsychotic-use-in-nursing-homes-a-team-approach, or view the flyer here: Reducing Antipsychotic Use April 30, 2014.
May 16, 2014: Professional Training
Location: Alzheimer’s Association, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo.
To learn more, visit http://alz.org/greatermissouri/in_my_community_professionals.asp.
April 26, 2014: Location: 1614 S. Glenstone, Springfield, Mo.
To view all upcoming events, please visit the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter, http://alz.org/greatermissouri/in_my_community_events.asp.
Developed in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Chicken Soup for the Soul Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias features 101 inspiring stories written by people living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. An excerpt is available on the Alzheimer’s Association blog at http://blog.alz.org/where-the-truth-lies-an-excerpt-from-chicken-soup-for-the-soul-living-with-alzheimers-other-dementias/.
Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action – Spring Webinars from Pioneer Network
- May 29, 2014: Dementia Care Soup Recipe: The Stock
- June 26, 2014: Dementia Care Soup Recipe: The Ingredients
Visit Pioneer Network at http://www.pioneernetwork.net/Events/HotTopics/.
Cat Without a Tail
Do you see a TIGER in your percentages when you expect a KITTEN? Are unexpected names on your Quality Measure (QM) Report for antipsychotic drug usage? Even the “appropriate” diagnosis of Schizophrenia will trigger the measure if not correctly reported. Schizophrenia, Tourette’s, and Huntington’s are the three accepted diagnoses for the use of an antipsychotic. Report these on the pre-printed section of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Resident Assessment by checking I6000 for Schizophrenia, I5350 for Tourette’s Syndrome, and/or I5250 for Huntington’s Disease. In I8000 Additional active diagnoses, you may manually input “Schizophrenia with a tail.” One example is “Schizophrenia with Psychosis.” Please view CAT Tip #7 here: CAT_Tip_7. View more tips at http://primaris.org/tool. The Missouri Local Area Network for Excellence (MOLANE) is the state coalition for Advancing Excellence.
Join teams across the world by participating in The Longest Day® from sunrise to sunset on June 21, 2014. To learn more, visit www.alz.org/thelongestday or call 800.272.3900.
Hearing the Voice of Persons Living with Dementia
April 18, 2014: Conversations with Carmen… A Monthly Webinar
Guest: Megan Hannan, MS, Action Pact Consultant, Developer of PersonFirst®, author of Becoming Who They Were. To learn more and register for this web-based talk show, please visit www.actionpact.com/calendar/event_details/conversations_with_carmen_webinar.
April 11, 2014: Location: Barathaven Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, 1030 Barathaven Blvd., Dardenne Prairie, Mo. For more information, please visit the Long Term Care Educators Association (LTCEA) at www.ltcea.org.
2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
The new report is available for download by visiting the Alzheimer’s Association® at www.alz.org.
March 21, 2014: Conversations with Carmen
Guest: Dan Cohen, MSW, Founder and Executive Director of Music & Memory
Rooted in neuroscience research, the results are described as “nothing short of miraculous” and certainly contribute to efforts to reduce anti-psychotics. To learn more and register for this web-based talk show, please visit www.actionpact.com/calendar/event_details/conversations_with_carmen_webinar or click here to register.
“Help, help, help, help, help.” The repetition of a word or question is likely a cry for comfort and security. Learn ways to make a connection with those who have dementia. View Tip #6 here: CAT Tip #6, or visit http://primaris.org/tool/changing-antipsychotic-thinking-cat-calls.
View more tips at http://primaris.org/tool. The Missouri Local Area Network for Excellence (MOLANE) is the state coalition for Advancing Excellence.
CMS is tracking the progress of the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes by reviewing publicly reported MDS quality measures. The official measure of the Partnership is the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding those residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington’s Disease or Tourette’s Syndrome.
Since the Partnership began in 2012, this data indicates Missouri’s percentage rates have dropped every quarter, with an overall decrease of 9.17 percent. This is encouraging and shows that Missouri is making improvements towards decreasing the use of antipsychotic medications for residents with dementia when their use is not indicated or appropriate. Please view the trend update here: CMS Trend Update – Antipsychotic Drug Use in Nursing Homes.
Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter Professional Education Classes
March 27, 2014: Rolla, Mo. Understanding Dementia: Quality Care Basics, 3-27-2014
For more information, please visit www.alz.org/stl, or call 800-272-3900.
Source: Alzheimer’s News 2/5/2014 – The Alzheimer’s Association, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation are uniting to encourage further study into the similarities and differences between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common brain diseases. Read the news release here: www.alz.org/news_and_events_groups_unite.asp.