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WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE?

Money….. Fame….. Popularity….. Greed….. Ego….. Talent….. Skill….. Why do people play football? Another young – 47 year old – former NFL player died last week.  Jason Hairston committed suicide. Jason had been exhibiting many of the symptoms of CTE – Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – since he retired from football in 1996.  In 2016 he admitted …

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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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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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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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FULL CIRCLE OF LIFE

This is a beautiful piece that was sent to me on my personal FaceBook.  It is applicable to all of us and I felt the need to share it with you in my blog (credits below).  Beautiful words of wisdom……… and so appropriate for Mother’ Day, May 11, 2014.   “My dear girl, the day…

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Enhancing Communication Skills

Many of the challenging behaviors we see in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients are related to lack of proper communications skills on the part of the caregiver. Now, don’t misunderstand me, I am not trying to make the caregiver the “bad guy.” Caregivers have much on their minds and are usually very tired and stressed, so…

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FUN ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY !

What does your Mom (or Dad) still like to do?  You may or may not know the answer to this question.  What did she used to like to do? Putting a list together, that is readily available, will help you at different times when you need to distract your loved one. You may need to…

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