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The musical note that changed a family’s perspective on dementia Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Tuesday, 05 March 2019 17:42
 
Music is a universal language, it speaks to all of us regardless of age, race, or mental ability.

Mind&Melody a 501(c)3 for-impact organization was born out of passion to bring one of humanity’s greatest gifts: music, to individuals with neurological impairments while engaging young people in the process.

In 2014, Co-Founders Cristina Rodriguez and Lauren Koff partnered with the FAU Memory & Wellness Center and began their journey.

“One of our dearest memories is of David, a professional violinist who stopped playing due to his dementia. He usually sat quietly, withdrawn, with a blank stare. One day, we put a viola in his hands and encouraged him to play alongside another violinist and he lit up completely, smiling ear to ear. A smile we had never seen before. That’s when we realized we wanted to dedicate our lives to Mind&Melody,” Rodriguez said.

Alzheimer's not only steals memories from our loved ones; it steals their personality, humor, independence and eventually it steals them from us altogether.

According to Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs, there are more than 500,000 people with Alzheimer’s in Florida. There is no cure but there is still hope to improve the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer's. 

Born 1930 in Perth Scotland, Alexandra would have been described as bright, assertive and capable. Alexandra was a former member of the Royal Air Force during the Cold War and later in life became the Vice President of Royal Caribbean Cruises. By 2006, Alexandra had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. A disease that has deteriorated her physical and mental health.

One of Alexandra’s caretakers heard an interview of Cristina on the radio and told Sandra about Mind&Melody. Sandra, Alexandra’s sister-in-law, quickly arranged for her to visit Alexandra to see if they could provide help.

“Alexandra seemed to interact from the start by tapping her feet. This was totally unexpected,” Sandra Said.

Alexandra has Mind&Melody sessions 3 times per week for 1 hour. Estefania, a Mind&Melody Session Leader, sings and plays the piano for Alexandra and the caretakers participate with maracas while dancing and clapping to Frank Sinatra, Vera Lynn and Scottish folk music.

During the sessions Alexandra puts words together, shows awareness: “I asked Alexandra a question: Alexandra, do you love me? She looked at me, she was thinking and she said: Yes, I love you. That was awesome because she understood what I was asking her and also said it with her heart.” Estefania said.

“My husband and I have been shown that here is still something positive going on in Alexandra’s brain. We had all become used to thinking of her as a person with dementia, unable to communicate or appreciate what is happening around her. I think one of the most significant improvements in her life are the music sessions,” Sandra said. 

Mind&Melody creates transformative music experiences for over 1000 older adults in over 40 health care facilities and at the comfort of individuals’ homes in South Florida.
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Contact Mind&Melody at 305-582-1006, email info@mindandmelody.org or go to  www.mindandmelody.org

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2019 17:45
 
Healthgrades names 'America's Best Hospitals' 2019 Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Friday, 15 February 2019 17:31
 
Healthgrades released its annual "America's Best Hospitals" list on Feb. 12. Recipients named among the 250 best hospitals represent the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation. Healthgrades America's Best Hospitals™ is based solely on clinical quality outcomes for 32 conditions and procedures.

"This premier distinction rewards hospitals that consistently exhibit exceptional, comprehensive quality care," according to Healthgrades. "Simply put, patients are more likely to have a successful treatment without major complications-and have a lower chance of dying-at America's Best Hospitals."

See the full list HERE.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2019 17:33
 
FICPA Presents Annual Health Care Industry Conference to Take Place in April Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Friday, 18 January 2019 09:59
 
Few professions are as evolving as health care. Regulatory and legislative changes contribute to the industry's thirst for current information. The 2019 Health Care Industry Conference, produced by the Florida Institute of CPAs, brings together experts in the field providing the latest data, resources and insights to keep healthcare professionals at the top of their game. The conference will be held April 25th and 26th in Orlando at the Caribe Royale Resort Suites.
 

Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2019 10:25
 
Zip or Genetic Code? Print E-mail
Written by Medical Xpress   
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 12:14
 
When it comes to disease and health, which is more powerful-zip code or genetic code? The degree to which nature and nurture affect disease and health remains one of the eternal-and still unanswerable-questions in medicine. Now a team of investigators from Harvard Medical School and the University of Queensland in Australia have tackled this question in a decidedly novel way.

In what the researchers describe as a coup for big data and a scientific first, the team has used a massive insurance database of nearly 45 million people in the United States including thousands of twin pairs to determine the effects of genes and environment in 560 common conditions. The diseases analyzed span 23 categories, ranging from cardiovascular illness and neuromuscular diseases to skeletal conditions. The work, published Jan. 14 in Nature Genetics, is thought to provide the largest assessment of U.S. twins to date, the researchers said. It is also the first one to go beyond the traditional one-disease-at-a-time approach and analyze hundreds of the most common conditions among more than 56,000 twin pairs. To date, most twin or familial studies of genes and environment have looked at a single disease or one environmental factor at a time.
 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 12:16
 
3 ways AI will improve healthcare in 2019 Print E-mail
Written by John Stevens | TheNextWeb.com   
Tuesday, 25 December 2018 00:00
 
In a recent piece, I explained why AI's complexity shouldn't be a deterrent for its adoption. In fact, I went as far as stating that artificial intelligence will be just as disruptive as the internet was. This is a view I am doubling down on. As far as artificial intelligence is concerned, one industry most likely to be most disrupted is the healthcare industry. Why will AI have such an impact on the healthcare industry? Facts like the ones below are why...

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 December 2018 17:55
 
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