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Perspective….

What does this photo have to do with caregivers or patients dealing with any number of medical issues? It occurred to me when I saw this photo that life is all about perspective, isn’t it?  Where we stand, what we see, how we feel, what is our commitment, what is our guilt or denial level.…

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Younger On-set Alzheimer’s

THIS FOLLOWING EXCERPTS HAVE  BEEN taken from an article in the October/November issue of “Brain and Life.” Researchers are making important discoveries about Alzheimer’s disease from people who develop it before the age of 65.                                                                                                                                                                                              At just 53 years old, Elizabeth [McGuff] was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s disease. “I [her son, Mike] was in…

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WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE?

Money….. Fame….. Popularity….. Greed….. Ego….. Talent….. Skill….. Why do people play football? Another young – 47 year old – former NFL player died last week.  Jason Hairston committed suicide. Jason had been exhibiting many of the symptoms of CTE – Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – since he retired from football in 1996.  In 2016 he admitted …

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What do you really know about hospice?

                                                                                                         What is hospice anyway?  Most people are very confused or ignorant about the benefits of hospice, primarily because they have never needed it.  So what is hospice? There are 2 parts to a hospice organization:  First is palliative care services and second is hospice care. Palliative care is for people who are NOT actively…

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Aducanamab – What is this???

This is a fairly new trail drug that was very effective in a United Kingdom trial recently.  In the UK the small group of participants had their Alzheimer’s reversed or the progression halted. So exciting! This video is about a 4 year study that is taking place at Butler Hospital, here in Providence, with Dr.…

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What About Non-caregivers?

  Why is it that in so many families it is just one person who is providing the majority of the care? Statistically it is usually, but not always, is a female. And usually it’s the oldest daughter or the daughter who lives the closest.   So where are all the other siblings? If you…

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Wedding Bands & Engagement Rings

Wedding bands and engagement rings….. family necklaces….heirloom broaches….   Alzheimer’s and dementia (AD/D) loved ones may become paranoid or suspicious about family or staff “stealing” their belongings. This may happen because they forget where they have put their valuable items.  On the other hand, they may really be upset because you have taken the car…

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UTIs – Urinary Tract Infections

Any one who has worked in the health care industry or has had a dementia patient at home knows how behaviors can literally change overnight when someone has an UTI. Almost any “challenging” behavior will be exaggerated or magnified greatly when someone has an UTI. I had a recent personal experience that made me question…

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Anesthesia ??? Loss of Cognitive Ability

Are you about to have surgery? Or have you recently had surgery and don’t feel like you are back to “normal” yet? . “26% of surgery patients leave Intensive Care Units with new, Alzheimer’s-like symptoms.”  . “Patients treated in intensive care units across the globe enter with no evidence of cognitive impairment but oftentimes leave…

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Red Plate vs. White Plate!

Red Plates vs. White Plates?? Does it make a difference for persons with Alzheimer’s.  Does it really matter what color plate or coffee mug is used for someone with AD? The answer is YES!   According to a study completed at Boston University in 2004, “40% of individuals with severe Alzheimer’s lose an unhealthy amount…

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