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From Blog to Blog: Emphasizing Dr. Laird’s Advice to Those With Dementia

I try to keep up with many resources in aging — scholarly journals, news media, and fellow bloggers. This week I ran across a new blog — Dr. Rosemary Laird’s Caregiver Corner. Dr. Laird was the AGS Clinician of the Year in 2013 after establishing a caregiver center, case management…

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Journal Club: Behavior Analytic Research In Dementia

Introduction Authors open with a description of dementia, including diagnostic criteria, prevalence rates, and symptoms. [For an update on dementia, visit here.] Trahan et al. explain how the medical model emphases pharmacological interventions, which have adverse side effects (e.g., stoke, delirium, increased risk of falls, mortality), whereas the behavior analytic…

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Medicare Highlights

On Monday I attended the DC Senior Resource Group (DCSRG) meeting for the second time. The DCSRG is a networking event for people who work with the aging population. It’s held once a month at the Methodist Home church in Northwest DC. This month, Alfred J Chiplin, Jr. or “Chip,” a…

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What Is The ABC Model?

Behavior analysts believe that behaviors are shaped by our environment. The likelihood that a behavior will increase or decrease depends on the events that happen right before or right after a target behavior. We observe what occurs in a person’s environment — antecedents, behaviors, and consequences — to identify environmental…

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The Gerontological Society Of America Conference

This past weekend I attended my first Gerontological Society of America conference. I have attended conferences in behavior analysis and geriatric medicine, but never the year’s largest gerontology conference, where researchers and clinicians in biological, behavioral, and social disciplines gather to discuss issues in aging. The theme, “Optimal Aging Through…

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The Path To 2025

Nearly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. It is estimated that by the time these individuals reach age 85, one in every two will develop dementia. This will drastically change the way older adults spend their golden years and poses a serious impact to our economy and healthcare industry….

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Where To Find A Geriatrician?

Geriatricians are physicians for older adults. They specialize in diseases associated with aging — dementia, bone loss, incontinence, heart and lung diseases, arthritis, diabetes, hearing loss, and Parkinson’s disease among others. Geriatricians are also trained to recognize frailty, multiple medical problems, and provide caregiving advice. They have a rich understanding…

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Family Caregivers, Now More Than Ever

To all of our caregivers, I salute you. From caregivers of individuals with dementia, to the men and women who care for vets, to the families of individuals with disabilities and illnesses, I salute YOU. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, as well as National Family Caregivers Month. Officially…

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Who Provides ABA Therapy?

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) are the best providers of ABA therapy. Just like medical issues are assessed and treated by qualified medical professionals, behavioral issues should be assessed and intervened upon by a qualified behavior specialist. Always check the credentials of those who claim to be ABA therapists. Choose…

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What Kind Of Change Can Be Expected With ABA Therapy In Dementia Care?

Behavior changes at different rates for each individual. Some families may see changes in a week, some in a month, some after 3-6 months. Also, some behaviors may change quicker than others. Progress varies depending on the person, their environment, and how much time the caregiver spends on the intervention…

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