Behaviors

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

The National Alzheimer’s Association has developed a very helpful list of warning signs that assist families and individuals determine if they might be experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or one of the other dementias.  If you or your loved one is experiencing 3 or more of these behaviors, and they are NEW behaviors,…

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FTD ~ Not Your Floral Delivery Company

I have been a volunteer with AFTD – The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration – for about a year now. FTD is one of the forms of dementia that I talk about when I am doing training for professional staff in nursing homes or assisted living communities, as well as college students and community leaders., etc. …

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We have a Choice!

“Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.”  “I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as…

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Why Am I Thankful?

Our family has moved numerous times over the years due to my husband’s field of work.  Each time we needed to make a decision about whether or not he/we would accept an offer, we went through this process. We found it to be very helpful, in so  many ways.  We developed 4 lists – pros/cons…

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Secrecy ~ To Tell or Not to Tell

The Burden of Secrecy, by Bonnie Bigalke May 11, 2015          Guest Blogger: Bonnie Bigalke, MSW, LCSW, Early Stage Care Consultant Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter   Secrecy is a seven letter word that implies negativity, underhandedness, trouble. Secrets knot up our stomachs and cloud our judgement. Secrets are sedentary boulders that overtime get buried with layers…

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4 THINGS I LEARNED

Two weeks ago (3.5.15) I attended the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association ~ Rhode Island Chapter’s annual conference for family and professional caregivers.  It was an excellent conference, with many presentations to choose from.  A few of the important take-aways (TAW) for me. 1.  BLOOD RESEARCH:  The key note speaker, Dr. Sid O’Bryant from Texas, shared research…

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Mini-Mental State Exam

  **What is the cognitive test that is done with individuals that may have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia? **If your loved one has seen (his) primary care physician, or perhaps a gerontologist or neurologist, he has most likely done a mini-mental test. There are various forms of this test, all with the…

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Frontoemporal Degeneration (FTD)

Frontotemporal Degeneration (dementia), FTD, is not a term you hear very often, but it’s important to know what it is. It presents very differently from Alzheimer’s disease. I recently became a volunteer for the AFTD (Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration) because of an awesome, but heart-breaking presentation I heard at a professional networking meeting recently. The…

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Removing the Car Keys

  I did a recent post on my FaceBook page (DCPutnam Consulting) about this issue, but I want to look at it in more detail because it is such an important issue for caregivers. There are so many responsibilities that caregivers have to assume when they are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. However,…

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HOARDING: Keep…Donate…Dump

Hoarding is or may become an issue for some individuals with dementia. It’s one of those behaviors where “some will…some may…some won’t” experience the behavior. Hoarding is characterized by self-neglect, domestic squalor, isolation, indifference to life in general and serious safety issues. It is the excessive accumulation of “things” that are perceived to be important…

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