10 Tips For Talking to Someone with Alzheimer’s

By |2019-01-14T00:57:41+00:00December 16th, 2018|Making Life Better|

  The mental changes that accompany Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia not only impact a person's ability to recall past events, they can dramatically alter that individual's capacity for communication. Here are ten tips to keep conversations with a cognitively-impaired loved one positive and valuable for everyone involved: Face-off: Establishing friendly eye contact and [...]

The Obstacles of Alzheimer’s Caregiving – Looking Back

By |2018-10-14T18:03:54+00:00October 18th, 2018|Senior Care|

Almost twenty years ago, I finished writing “Where’s my shoes?” My Father’s Walk through Alzheimer’s . It was released in hardcover in 1999. My father observed: This Alzheimer’s must be an important subject to have such a big book about it! I had already written four books and this was the most difficult. It was [...]

Lisa Genova’s TED Talk – Alzheimer’s Resistant Brain

By |2018-10-14T18:03:55+00:00October 14th, 2018|Senior Care|

Lisa Genova, neuroscientist and author of Still Alice, gave a TED talk early last year in Vancouver. Her remarks began with: Let’s project out into the future, to your future “yous,” and let’s imagine that we’re all 85. Now, everyone look at [the person beside you]. One of you probably has Alzheimer’s disease. [Laughter] Alright… [...]

Inside My Being – Alzheimer’s by Roberto Carlo Chiesa

By |2018-11-04T21:46:26+00:00September 28th, 2018|Health Care|

The Caregiver’s Voice features a video by Roberto Carlo Chiesa of Modesto-based Alexandria Perrin Company for VOICES with Dementia. Inspired by his sister, Roberto’s short-narrative film features Arlene, who lives with Alzheimer’s disease. (She was his late sister’s roommate who also lived with Alzheimer’s.) Actress Jenni Abbott plays Arlene’s daughter and each share words from [...]

Solving the Alzheimer’s Puzzle, Too Many Interests, and Depression

By |2018-10-14T18:03:56+00:00September 12th, 2018|Senior Care|

This collection of curated article excerpts includes insights about depression and its evil twin, acedia; the CHANGE Act; the herpes virus and Alzheimer’s revisited; the good-bad leukotriene; and too many interests. Jack of all trades, Master of None? NOT! Read about polymaths and the seven advantages to being one. How can polymaths accelerate progress in [...]

Parkinson’s Disease with Dementia – Special Challenges

By |2018-10-14T18:03:56+00:00September 7th, 2018|Senior Care|

In the U.S. today there are more than one million people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. PD is a progressive movement disorder that affects the central nervous system. Its causes are unknown, and while physicians can manage some symptoms of the disease, there is no known cure. Primarily individuals [...]

Many Americans With Dementia Don’t Know They Have It: Study

By |2018-08-08T00:38:24+00:00August 7th, 2018|Senior Care|

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many older Americans with dementia don't know they have the disease, a new study indicates. A review of data from 585 Medicare recipients with probable dementia found nearly 6 out of 10 were either undiagnosed or unaware of their diagnosis. Those who had less than a high school [...]

Memory – It Changes Over the Years

By |2018-07-23T18:50:41+00:00July 10th, 2018|Senior Care, Making Life Better|

Twenty-two years ago, I devoured anything I could learn about the brain. I tried to understand what was happening to my father’s mind / brain as he lived with Alzheimer’s. I remain fascinated by the brain. We’re learning so much about the computer in our head – far more than my initial ill-fated introduction to [...]

I See You

By |2018-07-08T18:43:49+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Senior Care, In-Home Senior Care|

She raised her hands, exasperated. “They don’t have my yogurt!”“Is there some other brand you could eat?” I prompted.“I can’t get back here to the store. I’ve got a sitter taking care of my husband who is crazy! Crazy! You don’t know,” She shook her head as if clearing visions that she wanted to forget. [...]

Tips for Talking about Alzheimer’s with a Family Member

By |2018-06-18T17:44:13+00:00June 18th, 2018|Senior Care, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

It’s a conversation no family wants to have, but one that is vitally important – talking to a loved one about memory loss or cognitive decline. Guest article by the Alzheimer’s Association Mary Foss of Eagan, Minnesota, said she knew it was time to broach this sensitive topic with her husband, Darrell after she noticed [...]

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