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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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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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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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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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Importance of Support Groups

Many people question if they should attend a support group.  There are many valid reasons why caregivers find support groups to be helpful in managing their day to day life with someone with Alzheimer’s disease or one of the related dementias. So let’s take a look at the advantages of participating in a monthly Alzheimer’s…

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“Prison Bars Don’t Block Dementia”

I had a unique experience not too long ago. An experience that I never could have imagined being part of a few years ago. An experience that opened my eyes to new learnings and appreciation for something that was way, way beyond my imagination. When we think of “aging in place” we think of ourselves…

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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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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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LIVING IN THE MOMENT

A moment in time is brief and very specific. It may only be a matter of seconds or minutes. Perhaps it’s a moment when you remember a childhood secret or the moment when the love of your life slipped your wedding band onto your finger. A moment when you see a beautiful fall tree that…

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