Maine Department of Education Issues Letter Prohibiting Certain Restraints

The Maine Department of Education issued Administrative Letter 8 on Sept. 10, 2010, to all school personnel that immediately prohibits the use of prone restraints or restraints that could impact the ability for a student to freely breathe.

The associated Me. Dept. of Ed. Reg. 33 will be reviewed and revised accordingly.

For more information, visit the Maine Department of Education website.

Prison Credits Training for Decrease in Violence

The Seattle Department of Corrections is incorporating violence prevention training as a part of a strategy to decrease violence in its prisons, according to a recent article in The Seattle Times.

Prison violence is mostly attributed to gang members, who make up 20 percent of the state’s inmates, but are involved in 46 percent of the system’s violent incidents.

In addition to training, inmates are interviewed during initial processing at the state’s larger prisons, to keep rival gang members separated.

Since the DOC implemented these changes, violence in the state’s main prisons has dropped 20 percent, to approximately 200 less incidents per year.

View State’s Proactive Approach Drives Down Prison Violence in its entirety.

Diagnostic Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Updated With Recent Advancements

Medical experts are updating diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s disease to help physicians diagnose the disease earlier, according to an article in American Medical News.

Since the original guidelines were published in 1984, scientists have determined that the genetic process of the disease appears years before symptoms start. They also have distinguished that dementia can be caused by cerebrovascular disease, Lewy body disease, or other conditions other than Alzheimer’s .

The guidelines are most important for primary care physicians, who treat about 80 percent of the nation’s dementia patients.

The guidelines are being updated after the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging gathered a panel of experts to review the diagnostic procedures last year. Work groups of physicians are now gathering feedback on the guidelines, which could be published in early 2011.

According to a study released by the Alzheimer’s Association in May, by 2050, 13.5 million Americans age 65 and above will have Alzheimer’s disease. About 5.1 million people in that same age group suffer from it now.

View Proposed Alzheimer’s Criteria Call for Early Physician Intervention in its entirety.

World Alzheimer’s Day is September 21

We would like to remind you that today is World Alzheimer’s Day. Here at CPI, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias through our Dementia Care Specialists (DCS) training programs and resources.

Today, take a minute to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and find out what you can do to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care and research. You can sign up for the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk near you or read Alzheimer’s Disease International’s (ADI) World Alzheimer Report2010, released today and containing the latest research data on the disease. You can also visit the Alzheimer’s Association website to learn about other ways you can help.