Safety

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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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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PATRIOTS ~ ~ NFL ~ ~ CTE

Aaron Hernandez’s autopsy has proven that when he died at age 27,  he had Stage 3 of 4 stages of CTE ! CTE is Chronic Traumatic Encephalophy. Hernandez was a player with the New England Patriot’s prior to his suicidal death. We’ve all heard this phrase ~ CTE ~ over the past few years as…

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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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Verbal Abuse

There are many family caregivers (and professional caregivers) who don’t understand what is physically happening to the brain and therefore don’t know how to communicate with their loved one. There are certain things you do and do not say to someone with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. Consequently this lack of understanding can lead…

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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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“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…”

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who’s the fairest of them all?”  We are all familiar with Walt Disney’s wonderful movie of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”  However, I was fascinated with the photographer’s perspective and sensitivity with his depiction of an elderly woman with dementia looking at her former self in the attached photo.…

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Serious Head Injuries

The New England Patriots have just won another Super Bowl Championship! After all one of the “American dreams” is to play football, get a college scholarship and make it in the NFL. What could be better? National recognition, big money, travel, and your picture displayed in newspapers, on TV and on the cover of Sport…

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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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