Resources & Tools
Additional resources to help in your Alzheimer’s journey.
About Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia
Perhaps the number one stop for trusted information about Alzheimer’s in the United States, the Alzheimer’s Association is an excellent place to start learning about a new diagnosis, treatment options, the latest research, and any other topic related to this condition. They offer everything from quick tips to in-depth information across a broad range of topics related to Alzheimer’s.
The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is another excellent source of information to learn more about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. While not dedicated to the topic in the way the Alzheimer’s Association is, it is nevertheless a trusted source of up-to-date facts, statistics, and information about these conditions, treatment options, symptoms, etc.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide extensive educational information on Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. NIA has developed an easy to follow Alzheimer’s disease fact sheet that is a good starting place for those with a new diagnosis or who may want to learn more about the disease for caregiving purposes.
Caregivers can find extensive help and trusted information about family caregiving at AARP’s Resources for Caregivers, one of the most trusted sources for caregivers on the web. While not dedicated exclusively to contexts involving Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, they do address these specific contexts explicitly as well. Moreover, readers can learn from caregiver lessons from across the spectrum, and put those learnings to work in their own family experience.
National Alliance for Caregiving
Another top provider of trusted information and resources for family caregivers is the National Alliance for Caregiving, which provides extensive educational information and support resources for family caregivers.
The sense of smell is one of the most powerful ways to trigger memory activation via sensory stimulation. There are also therapeutic benefits, specifically with regard to some of the behavioral symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, that aroma-based stimulation can achieve. We have designed our Memory Lane TV solution from its inception to be multi-sensory, to maximize the benefits achieved from stimulation of as many senses as possible in a coordinated, harmonized way. To this end, we have partnered with the professional team at NeuroEssence, Dr. Jennifer Stelter, Johns Hopkins Press author, clinical psychologist, and National Trainer for the Certified Dementia Practitioner certification, and Jessica Ryan, biologist and Certified Dementia Practitioner, who have extensive experience utilizing olfactory stimulation to combat several of the common behavioral symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
We have paired much of the content with proven aroma scents to enhance the experience and therapeutic benefits for the person living with dementia. Most people will experience even greater benefit with regard to managing behavioral symptoms when leveraging the reinforcing power of harmonized multi-sensory stimulation. Try it today to see if it is a fit for you or the person(s) for whom you are caring. For more information regarding these aroma scents.
Activate all five of your senses while exploring a spring sensory box. The Memory Lane videos are a great addition while enjoying the box or afterwards. Then, go outside for a nature walk and see what items you can find for your sensory tube using the scavenger hunt included.
This box provides opportunities to communicate with loved ones about spring memories, sparking personal interactions and connections through discovery.
The Spring Activity Toolkit is designed to engage your senses while you enjoy specific Memory Lane spring time videos. The activities included in the toolkit are Spring Painting, Spring Rainbow Tube, Spring Mosaic Landscape, Spring Flowers and Spring Hand Kite.
Personalized media reminiscence can take various forms, including digital or physical photo albums, music playlists, videos of familiar places or events, and sensory stimulation tools, such as scents or tactile objects. These media can be tailored to an individual’s interests, cultural background, and personal history, allowing them to connect with positive memories and experiences.
Research has shown that personalized reminiscence media can improve mood, communication, and overall well-being in individuals with dementia. Caregivers can also use these media as a way to build relationships and engage with their loved ones, providing opportunities for meaningful social and strategies for using reminiscence therapy with patients who have Alzheimer’s disease can have a lot of benefits for both parties involved.
MLTV Media Partners
The power of Nature relaxation videos has been documented to help with several symptoms related to memory Loss. Our exclusive, non-narrative nature immersions for the nature-lover in your care will bring the outdoors inside! Experience the work of David Huting, one of our earliest partners, and enjoy the rich, beautiful, non-narrative nature experiences Nature Relaxation can offer.
Caregiver support is central to our mission here at Memory Lane TV, which is why we offer several family caregiver training sessions from DAWN in our catalog of support tools and content. If you find the DAWN series helpful, visit them for more helpful information and to benefit from more caregiver education topics.
Teepa Snow is something of a legend when it comes to Alzheimer’s and dementia care education. Caregivers will be happy to find several of her informative videos available on our caregiver channel. But if you don’t find a specific topic that would be helpful to your needs in our catalog, don’t hesitate to visit Teepa directly.
The Lien Foundation
Singapore-based philanthropic organization that seeks to inspire social change and improve the lives of seniors. In this series of short films, you will find many useful and powerful tools and techniques.
Yoga with Jessica
Jessica Mckneally specializes in teaching Yoga for elders. Yoga with Jessica is developed specifically for the users of Memory Lane TV and can be used by people living with dementia and/or their caregivers. The series of videos includes simple stretches, breath work, meditations and massages that can be done standing or sitting in a chair.
Bob Ross, Inc.
We are lucky to have a selection of the timeless, highly enjoyable, and always in the moment Bob Ross painting series in our catalog. For more of that soothing, artist-guided inspiration, visit our friends at Bob Ross, Inc for more information.
Our friends at Saltbox TV have developed a programming lineup of entertainment and educational tv content specifically with older viewers in mind. Folks still in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia may find some of the plot-driven offerings intriguing; and at any stage, others may find the music offerings offer both entertainment and opportunities for memory stimulation.
TouchTown offers adult care communities a fantastic solution for managing and distributing connected content throughout the entire facility, residence, or community. Memory Lane TV can be integrated into the TouchTown platform for even easier in-community utilization.
The team at Memory Lane TV believes that language matters, and it matters to us how we and others talk about the various aspects of living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We realize that some families and professionals who are already well versed in this universe may notice, perhaps with irritation, that in some places on our website we use terms (e.g. “patient” or “sufferer”, etc.) that we would ordinarily not use in this context.
But we also understand the reality that people learning about these sometimes difficult, sometimes scary topics for the first time will be searching for helpful information using everyday language and terms, because they aren’t specialists. They’re just regular folks looking for answers, and maybe some help. We want to meet people where they are. That’s why the team at Memory Lane TV has made the conscious choice to optimize the language used on our website to make it as easy as possible for people to find us – even people who aren’t well versed in the preferred nomenclature of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We apologize in advance for the discomfort that might cause to some of us.