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A Candid Conversation With Kim Campbell On The Rhinestone Cowboy, Alzheimer's And Living Life As A Caregiver

"I have a black eye, but I'm hanging in there." Kim Campbell, tells me. "Caregiving is hard," she says. "I don't know how people do it." Kim's husband, legendary country singer, Glen Campbell, rocked awareness when he and his family let the world know their secret. Together they toured the country after bravely announcing he had Alzheimer's diseaselen playing his heart out with his musically talented children: son, Shannon and daughter, Ashley, by his side. Napa Valley was their final stage, Glen's last encore. By that night, his struggle through the plaques and tangles plaguing his brain had become too difficult. Kim was by her husband's side through the journey, as she continues to be for Glen today. I first met Kim and Ashley Campbell in Naples, Florida at the grand opening of a state-of-the-art Alzheimer's facility, The Villas. We talked about the cruelty of the disease, the difficulties of providing care, and different techniques to improve quality of life. Ashley talked about Glen's progress and how life was going with their family. One of the things I asked Ashley and Kim was if Glen was exposed to art therapy in his care facility in Tennessee. Many people presume that making art and art therapy are the same thing. They are not. While creating art can be therapeutic, art therapy is a specific, structured process focused on using art to articulate thoughts and feelings with the guided help of a registered Art Therapist. Art therapy is ab...
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Source: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging - Category: Nuclear Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsBrain uptake of [18F]PSS232 matched the distribution of mGlu5 and followed a two-tissue compartment model. The well-defined kinetics and the possibility to use reference tissue models, obviating the need for arterial blood sampling, make [18F]PSS232 a promising fluorine-18 labeled radioligand for measuring mGlu5 density in humans.
Source: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging - Category: Nuclear Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news
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Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Departments Source Type: research
Donders and Pendery1 examined the ability of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) to screen for symptoms of depression after broad-spectrum traumatic brain injury (TBI). In 137 patients with TBI, PHQ-9 scores ≥10 had a sensitivity of 91.7 and a specificity of 60.2 for predicting the diagnosis of major depression. The correlation coefficients between the scores of the PHQ-9 and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) demoralization and low positive emotions scales wer e .64 and .48, respectively.
Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Departments Source Type: research
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Source: JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration - Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Neurophysiologie Clinique - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: LARS is reliable and valid for detecting and quantifying apathy in patients with dementia, even in very early stages of the disease. PMID: 26803583 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Am J Geriatr Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord Source Type: research
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