11 Ways to Help People Who Have Dementia but Don’t Realize it

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Being a caregiver for someone who has a memory deficit can be extremely challenging. It becomes even more difficult when that person is unaware of their dementia or any other limitations associated with it. Dementia can directly impact a person’s ability to follow directions, can compromise their safety,  impedes problem-solving and abstract reasoning. It can […]

Warning About Dementia Drug Aricept

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  Aricept, or Donepezil in its generic form, is a drug given to help with Alzheimer’s Disease and mild cognitive impairment. This post from Natural News discusses why it could have the exact opposite effect in some patients. Donepezil is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States […]

Coping With Agitation and Aggression as a Caregiver

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One of the most challenging aspects of caregiving is managing agitation or aggression from the person you are taking care of. These are two distinctly different behaviors. Agitation stems from anxiety, fear, or confusion. It is a restless state where it is difficult to calm down. Aggression refers to behaviors that include unrestrained physical or […]

Caregivers Advocating for Change

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Since becoming a caregiver, you may have discovered you have a passionate dislike for the disease or condition that caused you to become a caregiver. No disease is “liked” but generally they aren’t on our radar until there is a reason for it to be there. I would make a donation to a cause if […]

New Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients and LifestyleTips to Protect Your Brain

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August was an exciting month in terms of releasing new information on fighting Alzheimer’s disease.  ABC news reported on a “new class of medication called gamma-secretase modulators.” This medicine focuses on altering beta amyloid plaque that produces Alzheimer’s symptoms. Clinical trials are underway and offering very positive results. The August 22, 2016 issue of Time Magazine […]

Weeds in Nana’s Garden: a book review

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Weeds in Nana’s Garden is a beautifully written and illustrated story that helps explain Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias to children. Newly published, both the writing and the illustrations were done by Canadian author, Kathryn Harrison. It’s just gorgeous! I especially love the comparison of Alzheimer’s Disease to weeds in a garden. “Alzheimer’s is a […]

New Assisted Living/Memory Care Facility Opens in New Jersey

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If any of you follow me on Facebook, then you know of the struggles I’ve been having with my Mom and her search for an assisted living facility that both meets her care needs and her aesthetic and personal needs.  She is quite picky and that’s okay.While searching the internet, I came across a new […]

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease: A 3 Minute Video Explanation

This video does an excellent job of explaining how Alzheimer’s Disease damages the brain, ho wit affects behavior and how the disease progresses. If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease, share this video with your friends and family so that they can understand this devastating disease and how it will affect […]

Staying Happy as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

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When you’re caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, the most important thing to you is their safety and well-being. You will do whatever it takes to achieve these goals. This responsibility, however, wears on you and puts your happiness in jeopardy. They say happiness is a choice but the wave of emotions associated with being […]

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry – The Memories You Save May Be Your Own

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As many you know by now, November is National Family Caregiver’s Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Although my father was never formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, he did have vascular dementia.  Because he also had severe congestive heart failure, we opted not to attempt a formal diagnosis nor utilize the various medications that […]

Signs of Cognitive Decline

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What baby boomer doesn’t consider Alzheimer’s when we begin to forget more than usual? Because we know that cognitive decline is one of the very first indicators of the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a slight, but noticeable decline in a person’s memory or thinking patterns. Anyone who has […]

Agitation in Alzheimer’s Research Study is Seeking Participants

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Agitation in Alzheimer’s Research Study Seeks Participants – August 28th 2013 This just came across my desk this afternoon and so I thought I would share it with you. If you are a caregiver for a parent or loved one who is suffering from the symptoms of agitation with Alzheimer’s Disease, you may want to […]

Stuffed Animals Bring Comfort to Dementia Patients.

Stuffed Animals Bring Comfort to Dementia Patients I’ve noted that many caregivers of loved ones with dementia use stuffed animals to successfully provide comfort.   Here’s a company that took the idea one step further. MEMORABLE PETS AIMS TO HELP FAMILIES, PATIENTS DEAL WITH DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S New Business Creates Stuffed Animals Designed to Soothe Patients […]

The Role of Pillows in Preventing Alzheimer’s

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According to Health Day News, a new study shows a connection between sleep deprivation and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.  This connection has something to do with levels of amyloid beta which is considered a marker for the disease.  These levels tend to increase during waking hours and decrease with sleep, so when there […]

Divorce Okay When Spouse has Alzheimer’s Disease states Pat Robertson

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700 Club’s Pat Robertson stated this week that divorce is okay when one of the spouses has Alzheimer’s Disease. Although most marriage vows contain the phrase “for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health til death do us part”, during a question and answer session this week, the religious broadcaster told his viewers that […]

New Technology Helps Find Missing Loved Ones

I’m sure you’ve heard the statistics before: 60% of those persons who suffer from Alzheimer’s will wander at some point in their disease process; 92% of those persons with autism tend to wander.  Those are very scary statistics.  How can we be sure that they will be found AND found in time? This afternoon I […]

“On Golden Pond” – a Lesson in Dementia Awareness?

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On Golden Pond – a Lesson in Dementia Awareness? by  Shelley Last night I watched On Golden Pond starring Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn.  It also featured Jane Fonda. I ended up crying for an hour. I hadn’t seen the movie since it’s release in 1981 and I had forgotten that dementia (although the word was […]

What Can You Do When You Suspect A Friend has Dementia?

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I was visiting with a friend last evening.  The weather was lovely and we were enjoying an evening of conversation on the patio: firming up the menus for 2 week-end barbecues and discussing how to entertain some visitors from Australia that I would be receiving the next week.  So it was quite a long evening. Over the […]