Person/s with Dementia

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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Driving — Alzheimer’s Disease???

   Caregivers removing car keys and their loved one’s ability to drive is a very difficult decision.  Perhaps this article by Dr. Brian Ott of Rhode Island Hospital will assist you in making a responsible decision when the time is appropriate. *** “Driving Impairment May Be a Sign of Very Early Alzheimer’s Disease . Brain…

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Putnam in AFTD Newsletter

Dear Friends, The Fall 2017     [Highlight this link and go to page 3 for article about Doreen] issue of the AFTD Newsletter spotlights all aspects of our mission, from spreading FTD awareness, to advancing groundbreaking scientific research, to helping members of the FTD community connect with one another. Doreen Putnam In this issue,…

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Apathy vs. Depression

What’s the difference?   “Apathy and depression are two conditions that have been studied extensively in psychology. Apathy refers to the lack of interest that can be seen in a person. Depression, on the other hand, is a psychological condition where a person loses interest in daily activities and feels hopeless.” (differencebetween.com) So how does…

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FALLS ! FALLS ! FALLS !

  The statistics are awesome.. meaning unbelievable or daunting.   Look at those statistics… falls happen so fast and can do so much damage to an elderly person, especially one with some form of dementia.   Dementia patients don’t necessarily understand the pain they are experiencing following a fall or when a fracture occurs. If…

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Making Good Memories

I have just returned from a dream-trip of a lifetime.  This trip has been on my “bucket list” for years and I will carry the memories with me forever… so many over the top experiences. I’ve known for my 20+ years of working in the dementia field, that there are many family members who think…

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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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