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Archive for the ‘Alzheimer’s and Dementia’ Category

How to communicate and connect with Dementia Patients

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Posted on August 17th, 2020 by Bettina Carlson, under Alzheimer's and Dementia, Caregiver, Caregiving, Sandwich Generation, Seniors, Tips & Resources

What is Dementia?  Following is a very basic description of a very complex disease. If you are interested in learning more about the various types of dementia, there are many good sources to gather information from. The Alzheimer’s... Continue Reading »

Experiences in the Age of Dementia

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Posted on February 5th, 2020 by Bettina Carlson, under Alzheimer's and Dementia, Caregiver, Caregiving, Inspiring Stories, Patient Advocacy, Take Charge

I just came across this quote from The Purple Sherpa (https://www.thepurplesherpa.org), and immediately thought of how true this is in my own relationship with my father: When you think about whether to visit someone who’s living with... Continue Reading »

Not Just Old

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Posted on August 19th, 2019 by Bettina Carlson, under Alzheimer's and Dementia, Inspiring Stories, Patient Advocacy

In our culture, youth is worshipped. Aging means decline, cognitive and physical decline, something we don’t like. Something that is a source of frustration to us younger ones, like when we find ourselves in line behind such an elder at the... Continue Reading »

Live in Their Truth!

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We know in its early stages Alzheimer’s disease typically affects short-term memory, and from there it can progress to loss of long term memory. But before this final phase may be reached, those with Alzheimer’s disease typically remember... Continue Reading »

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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Posted on November 20th, 2017 by Teri Dreher, under Alzheimer's and Dementia

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness month During this month, it’s important for us to reflect on our own experiences. Teri discusses a client she had last year who showed her why advocating for those who suffer from this disease – both... Continue Reading »

Early Signs That a Relative May Have Dementia

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Posted on November 6th, 2017 by Sally Perkins, under Alzheimer's and Dementia

According to statistics, 50 million people suffer from dementia worldwide with many not receiving a formal diagnosis. Recognizing the early signs could help prevent dementia worsening by making lifestyle changes and getting appropriate medical... Continue Reading »

Your Lifestyle and Dementia

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Posted on October 2nd, 2017 by Sally Perkins, under Alzheimer's and Dementia, Patient Advocacy, Take Charge, Tips & Resources

Taking Action to Prevent Dementia: Your Lifestyle Choices Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is one of the leading illnesses in the United States amongst older people.  Approximately 5.3 million over 65 is affected  - roughly one in ten. Because... Continue Reading »