Model Village for Alzheimer’s Patients in France Makes Residents Feel Like They’re Still Independent

first_img“It’s like being at home,” 82-year-old Madeleine Elissalde, one of the village’s first residents, told Reuters. “We’re well looked after.”The program costs in the neighborhood of 6.7 million euros to run each year. Residents and their families kick in about 24,000 euros in annual fees, but more than half the total expense is subsidized by government authorities.Expensive? Perhaps, but researchers at France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research Shows closely studying how such model conditions impact the progression of dementia may ultimately conclude the insights they gain for future treatment standards will be well worth the cost.RELATED: Though Her Alzheimer’s Worsened, Supermarket Still Found Creative Ways to Keep Her on the TeamIn the meantime, residents of villages in France, the Netherlands, and another prototype community in Canada are able to live out the remainder of their years with not only a measure of self-esteem, dignity, and sense of purpose but some true “liberté, égalité, et fraternité” as well.(WATCH the video tour of this French village below.)Build Up Some Positivity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Built in the same spirit as De Hogeweyk, a purpose-built village for dementia patients in the Netherlands, it’s the first such facility in France.In addition to nursing facilities, the Landais campus includes a grocery store, hair salon, cafeteria, library, and music room.Residents are given as much freedom as their conditions allow, and treated to numerous entertainments.They’re also encouraged to participate in daily activities that can include shopping, cooking, and regular hairstyling appointments, as it’s believed sticking to a familiar routine may actually hinder the advance of the disease’s worst symptoms.WATCH: Thanks to Student’s Hunch, Seniors With Dementia Are ‘Coming Alive’ Again With the ‘Magic’ of Virtual Reality AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAs the old African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child,” but it seems that same wisdom may also hold true when it comes to caring for elderly Alzheimer’s patients.Village Landais AlzheimerRather than placing them in traditional memory care units, some groups charged with the care of these special seniors are taking a more innovative approach.In southwestern France near the city of Dax, a community has been created with the specific needs of its 105 residents—all of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s in varying stages.last_img read more

Positive reinforcement plays key role in cognitive task performance in ADHD kids

first_imgShare Share on Facebook Email The findings come out of a novel study published in the journal Behavioral and Brain Functions that collectively examined two leading theories on ADHD, combining what previous work had mostly looked at separately.One of those theories suggests that lower-than-average cognitive abilities contribute to symptoms associated with ADHD, such as inattentiveness. The other theory favors motivation over ability, focusing on whether kids with ADHD have an increased sensitivity to reward.“When asking whether the performance difference we see is the result of ability or motivation, this research has more of an answer than any study that comes before it,” says UB psychologist Larry Hawk, the paper’s principle investigator.The results of the research conducted by Hawk, Fosco, UB graduate student Michelle Bubnik and Keri Rosch of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, have clinical parallels as well.Behavioral therapy, which uses positive consequences to increase the likelihood of achieving certain behaviors, is among the leading psychosocial interventions for children with an ADHD diagnosis.The authors point out that the benefits of reward are not specific to children with ADHD.“The major difference is that typically developing kids usually perform well even when simply asked to do their best,” says Fosco. “But kids with ADHD typically need an external or an additional reinforcement to perform their best.”It’s a tricky area of research area, according to Hawk, since some of the subjects are being tested on tasks on which they have a demonstrated history of poor performance.There is also a degree of variability between the two groups. The authors say that having a diagnosis of ADHD doesn’t necessarily mean that a child will perform poorly on any given task, and neither does the absence of a diagnosis mean that the child will perform well on any given task.“You can’t say kids with ADHD respond more to reinforcement because they were doing poorly to begin with,” says Hawk. “We showed that was not true. It was greater motivation to obtain external rewards that drove the effects we observed.” A little recognition for a job well done means a lot to children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – more so than it would for typically developing kids.That praise, or other possible reward, improves the performance of children with ADHD on certain cognitive tasks, but until a recent study led by researchers from the University at Buffalo, it wasn’t clear if that result was due to heightened motivation inspired by positive reinforcement or because those with ADHD simply had greater room for improvement at certain tasks relative to their peers without such a diagnosis.“Our results suggest that the motivation piece is critical,” says Whitney Fosco, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology in the UB College of Arts and Sciences. “Kids with ADHD showed more improvement because they are more motivated by the opportunity to gain rewards, not because they simply did worse from the beginning.”center_img Pinterest LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Kluber & Tomlin Outduel Sale & Quintana; Tribe Takes Three of Four From White Sox

first_img Related TopicsCorey KluberJosh Tomlin Kyle Lewandowski Corey Kluber and Josh Tomlin took care of business for the Tribe this week when they led the Indians to a pair of victories against two of the American League’s best starters so far this season in Chicago’s Chris Sale and Jose Quintana.Tuesday night was a battle of undefeated starting pitchers as Tomlin (6-0) took the ball for the Indians against Sale who had won his first nine starts of the year entering the game with a miniscule 1.58 ERA.It looked like it was going to be a long night for the Tribe bats after Sale breezed through the lineup the first time around allowing only two singles while striking out five. After that it was all Indians. The Tribe roughed up Sale for six runs (all earned) on seven hits and drew four walks in the process. The 27 year-old lefty didn’t even make it out of the fourth inning in what was by far his worst start of the season.Tomlin faced a tall task in defeating Sale who is in the running for the Cy Young Award year in and year out but before the game Tribe manager Terry Francona had a feeling that the veteran would give the team a chance to win.In the first inning Tomlin allowed a solo blast to White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton to put Chicago up 1-0. Tomlin would allow only one more run after back-to-back doubles by Jose Abreu and Brett Lawrie in the fourth.After the long ball in the first Tomlin was simply magnificent. He finished the night going eight innings, giving up two runs on five hits and one walk as he struck out six.The Tribe took it 6-2.While Tuesday may have been Tomlin’s most impressive outing to date in 2016, the righty has been the most consistent pitcher so far for the Indians as he moved to 7-0 on the year with a 3.35 ERA.One tough lefty to face after the other for the Tribe when Quintana took the mound for the White Sox looking to rebound from the previous night’s loss. Quintana entered Wednesday’s matinee 5-3 with a 1.98 ERA on the season.The Tribe jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on a Lonnie Chisenhall triple to right that scored Juan Uribe and Yan Gomes. The Indians would tack on another in the third when Uribe hit a sac-fly to center scoring Jose Ramirez.That’s all the damage the Tribe would do to Quintana as the lefty went six innings allowing those three runs on five hits, one walk while accumulating eight strikeouts.That’s all the help Kluber would need (well sort of, the extra security run in the eighth helped).After picking up his third win of the year last weekend in Boston the former Cy Young winner followed it up with another dandy in Chicago.Kluber was excellent for the Tribe lasting 7.1 innings allowing only two runs (one earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out nine.Bryan Shaw came on in the eighth to hold the lead at 4-3 before Cody Allen slammed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 11th save in as many opportunities.On the season Kluber now holds a 4-5 record with a 3.78 ERA.Kluber and Tomlin helped the Indians get to five games above .500 by moving to 25-20.After taking three of four from the White Sox the Tribe has put themselves just a half game in back of first place in the Central Division behind Chicago.last_img read more

Benzema: I swear to God, I’m ready to fight – Football…

first_imgReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema is ready to switch to martial arts after he finishes football.He was answering questions from his followers, with an inquiry coming from French kickboxer Fuad Ezbiri, with whom the footballer is friends and has trained in the past.Gulliver/GettyImages“I love martial arts, it’s true. I love to train, we’ve already trained together. Why not train with you 6 months after the end of my football career? If you decide I’ll be ready to fight, no problem. I swear to God , I’m in.Working hard. I pay a lot of attention to everything I do, I take care of myself, I try to squeeze the most out of myself. I know my career is not starting now, but age means nothing, “said Benzema. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.last_img read more