The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. It is held annually
on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise to sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those
living with the disease and their caregivers., We have created this opportunity for you- putting our passion to worktraining
and educating professionals and family caregivers and bringing together resources- our CARE
PARTNERS to share this day with us. Everything is FREE but we ask that you make a donation- Every dollar that
is raised, benefits those affected by Alzheimer’s disease in our community. There is an event every hour. Come
and go as you please….stay for lunch…stay an hour or join us the whole day…it’s totally up to you!!! All activities
will take place at our offices and conference room on the 2nd floor of the York County Economic Alliance Building
at 140 Roosevelt Ave in York. Space is limited so please RSVP and let us know what you want to attend by
June 18 – 717-843-1504 or info@goodnewsconsulting.com or LIKE us on FACEBOOK and tell us there!
Come out and see our expanded training/meeting area-The RESOURCE CENTER at GOOD NEWS !



7am-8 Morning Devotions/Spirituality in Dementia Care

8:15-9:15 Brain Fitness/Yogurt Bar/Breakfast

9:30-10:30 Technology and Brain Fitness

10:45-11:45 Ageless Wisdom-Aging Sensitivity

12-1 Lunch-Soup and Salad Bar/Open House

1:15-2:15 Sexuality and Dementia Care

2:30-3:30 Engaging People with Dementia to Reduce Behaviors

3:45-4:45 Diagnosis Dementia – Speaker  will be Attorney Jeffrey Bellomo

5-6 The Supper Club

6:15-7:15 Abraham Lincoln Talk

7:30 -9pm Ice Cream Social

               Pampering the Caregiver



Medicare Now to Reimburse Doctors for Testing Patients for Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Bigstock-Doctor-with-female-patient-21258332Finally, after many years of pressure from patient advocate groups, Medicare will begin to reimburse doctors for the time needed to test patients with cognitive impairments and offer information about care planning.

Many would think primary care physicians are already doing this, but that’s not always so.

Santa Cruz Sentinel’s recent article, “Diagnosing Alzheimer’s: Medicare now pays doctors to stop and assess memory loss,” reports that more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with the disease and other types of dementia is skyrocketing. In the U.S., it’s estimated to total $236 billion in 2016 and is anticipated to increase to $1.1 trillion by 2050.

However, many people are unaware that they are afflicted with the disease: only about 50% of Americans are diagnosed. Experts contend that many doctors don’t take the time required to test for Alzheimer’s disease.  However, the new Medicare billing code will provide more incentive for primary care doctors to take the time for more evaluation and care-coordination.

An early and documented diagnosis—along with access to care planning services—gives Alzheimer’s patients better outcomes. It’s even possible to see signs of cognitive problems before the person realizes it themselves. However, research thus far, suggests that medications will only be effective in the early stages of the disease, when the symptoms are the mildest. Therefore, primary care doctors must look for those mild cognitive problems.

 However, many physicians aren’t equipped to help their patients take advantage of the new Medicare rule. The issue is that more front-line physicians typically aren’t trained in this area. They first need to understand how to assess these patients before referring them to neurologists or to develop care plans.

Many groups are stepping forward to help educate family physicians about Medicare’s new coverage to support them in providing this care.

Reference: Santa Cruz Sentinel (January 7, 2017) “Diagnosing Alzheimer’s: Medicare now pays doctors to stop and assess memory loss”


NFLers Huddle Up: Make a Game Plan for Possible Dementia

Tablet with penA recent Washington Post article, entitled “Today’s NFL players should look hard at Sam Huff’s case; they could be next,” says you should prepare for a time when you might become incapacitated as a result of your career. Fail to make proper plans and a judge could end up determining where you live.
The NFL estimates that a player has about a 30% chance of contracting Alzheimer’s or dementia. Players receive literature from the NFL Players Association about concussions and advice from agents and lawyers about estate-planning, but they rarely see the real picture of how people will treat you with a stigmatizing brain disease.
You need to make a game plan, or a judge will decide if you’ve been abused, neglected or exploited. Enter Sam Huff, who’s a Hall of Fame linebacker who was very successful after football. He was a VP at Marriott and enjoyed thoroughbred horse breeding. He lived on his horse farm in Middleburg, Va., for 30 years with his partner, Carol Holden, until 2012 when dementia was diagnosed.
Huff’s daughter, Catherine, is seeking legal power to make all of Huff’s life and health-care decisions for him. Carol filed an emergency petition seeking to return him to his home and to her guardianship. There’s a court hearing scheduled.
Can you believe that of the 1,600 players in the NFL each season, more than 500 will contract some form of dementia. Here's a suggested blueprint for how to protect yourself, which may be just as important as wearing a helmet in action.
Here is some advice from the article whether you played on Sunday or caught the games on television:
Find a lawyer with experience in estate planning for Alzheimer’s and heed his or her advice. You need a specialist because Alzheimer’s planning requires a very thorough interdisciplinary legal knowledge, as well as insight into medical and criminal scenarios. An attorney experienced with dementia issues can educate you on why you shouldn’t give your child or spouse durable power of attorney without some type of neutral oversight.
Don’t create family problems. Appoint an independent third party “protector.” This can be a valued friend who has sound judgment and can monitor the conduct of the trustee over your trust and the attorney in fact under your financial power of attorney. This is a pretty new idea, but it helps to address potential financial abuse. A protector can make sure that any actions are in your best interests.
Declare legally that if there’s any change to your estate plan after your diagnosis, there needs to be a medical evaluation to ensure it’s your decision. Changes can be manipulations, especially if your power-of-attorney is also a beneficiary.
Legally provide that a geriatric care social worker be employed to facilitate your care. All of the agencies, facilities, and services create confusion and frustration for family members trying to help. But a geriatric care expert has the knowledge, social service resources, and experience to take care of living arrangements and quality care, which can ease the strain on the family.
Determine your wishes and provide for them. If you really want to live at home, look into how to do so with dementia and set aside the money. You might decide you want to live in a facility. Be sure you state in your estate plan that the location has a good nurse-to-patient ratio and specifically trained Alzheimer’s care.
While Huff’s situation shows there’s no such thing as a foolproof solution, you can start by working with a credible dementia-knowledgeable attorney.
Reference: Washington Post (Sept. 15, 2016) “Today’s NFL players should look hard at Sam Huff’s case; they could be next”


Don’t Forget to Ask Your Doctor about Dementia

Bigstock-Doctor-with-female-patient-21258332"Do you worry that forgetting names, or where you put your keys, might be a sign of impending dementia?"

Researchers who reviewed federal government data on more than 10,000 people found that in 2011, only 1 in 4 adults aged 45 or older talked about memory problems with their doctor during a routine checkup. Furthermore, the chance that a person would admit to a memory problem in a doctor's office visit declined with advancing age. This was reported in a US News & World Report article, "Too Few Older Adults Tell Doctors About Memory Loss: Study," discussing findings published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

Routine checkups can be a missed opportunity for assessing and discussing memory problems for the majority of older adults. Experts say the stigma of memory loss and dementia may keep some from discussing these issues with their doctors.

Many think that as long as we don't mention it, memory loss might just be normal aging. However, talking about memory troubles doesn't necessarily mean you have dementia. It might be another highly treatable condition, like depression. But if it is related to dementia, recognizing it early is crucial.

Patients can meet with family members and an experienced elder law attorney to get advice on making individualized decisions for their care, rather than relying on last-minute decisions.

Memory loss and the possibility of the early onset of dementia is a difficult discussion for both the physician and patient, particularly in light of the long-term implications. However, early diagnosis of dementia is important, as even mild memory loss from early Alzheimer's disease may be improved with medication (although these prescriptions don't stop the disease's progression).

It can be hard for people to assess whether their own subtle memory loss is "normal," but a discussion with their physician in conjunction with specialized testing may result in answers that could lead to treatment and a better overall quality of life.

Reference: US News & World Report (January 28, 2016) "Too Few Older Adults Tell Doctors about Memory Loss: Study"

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