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“What Ifs ?”

“What If….. Dad wanders away from home and gets lost? “What If….. Mom thinks the Clorox bottle under the kitchen sink is milk? “What If….. There is no bed available in an assisted living memory-care community when my sister needs to be placed? “What If….. Dad refuses to give up his car keys and has…

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TBI – What is it?

My husband,  Ed – (who authored under the name of Jed Waverly)  was a writer prior to his death 9 months ago.  He authored a blog entitled “The Penultimate Word” and published 2,000 posts over a 6-7 year period of time. I went to his blog site and was reading through some of his writings…

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5 Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

When people see a picture of Michael J. Fox, I believe they automatically think of Parkinson’s Disease.  He is the one person who we associate with this disease because he is so well known and has been so vigilant in sharing his story. Let’s take a look at the stages of this disease. According to…

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Brain Fog

BRAIN FOG ~ Brain Fog is one of the realities caregivers deal with, along with experiencing fatigue, guilt, anxiety, grief, stress, “I can do it myself” syndrome and denial… etc… etc… etc. So what is brain fog and how do we see it exhibiting itself in caregivers? I recently lost my husband of 51 years,…

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Part 2: Positive Tips for Communicating

Today I want to look at #6 on this chart “Never say ‘I told you,’ instead Repeat/Regroup.”  (Take a look at my blog for 3.24.17 to get more details regarding #1 arguing.) So what does that quote mean to a caregiver who is soooo frustrated because (she) has answered the same question for the billionth…

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silver alert… SILVER ALERT !!!!

60 % OF PEOPLE WITH SOME FORM OF DEMENTIA WILL WANDER AWAY FROM HOME!!! This is one of the most difficult situations that caregivers must deal with…. a loved one has wandered away from home by walking… driving… or using public transportation. AND what it boils down to is a decision – or non-decision –…

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Positive Tips for Communicating (1)

I recently posted this chart on my FB page (DCPutnam Consulting  4.22.17) and to date it has had almost 1,500 hits.  That tells me that this information is important to caregivers.  So I want to go into more detail as to what this all means. This is a wonderful guide for family members, professional caregivers…

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Driving w/Alzheimer’s or Dementia

             NHTSA We know how difficult it is for family caregivers to take the necessary actions to “remove” the car keys from an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient when it becomes dangerous for that person to drive…. especially if that person does not believe that anything is wrong.   It’s one of the major steps…

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A Healthy Environment

Yesterday afternoon (1.12.17) I attended a 90 minute webinar sponsored by AFTD – The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration.  As a facilitator for a FTD support group,  and soon to be the New England Regional Coordinator (volunteer) for AFTD, its important that I continue to learn and expand my knowledge base. The educational program was geared…

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Newly Discovered Diagnosis ~ MBI

Chart: www.re-cognitionhealth.com **PLEASE read entire article, as it explains the step-by-step development of dementia.** A newly identified condition — mild behavior impairment (MBI) — may precede the onset of Alzheimer’s before symptoms of memory loss become apparent, according to new research presented Sunday at the conference. [Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference in Toronto] Typically, memory loss…

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