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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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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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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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THE DAY WE COULD NO LONGER PRETEND

SHOCK ~ DISBELIEF ~ DENIAL ~ FEAR ~ ANGER ~ SPEECHLESS ~ FLABBERGASTED These are the responses loved ones and patients feel when they hear the dreaded words.  “You have Alzheimer’s disease.” Not one of us ever wants to hear these words, yet thousands & thousands of people hear this phrase each year. “And so…

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