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What About Non-caregivers?

  Why is it that in so many families it is just one person who is providing the majority of the care? Statistically it is usually, but not always, is a female. And usually it’s the oldest daughter or the daughter who lives the closest.   So where are all the other siblings? If you…

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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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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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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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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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A Healthy Environment

Yesterday afternoon (1.12.17) I attended a 90 minute webinar sponsored by AFTD – The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration.  As a facilitator for a FTD support group,  and soon to be the New England Regional Coordinator (volunteer) for AFTD, its important that I continue to learn and expand my knowledge base. The educational program was geared…

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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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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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Repetitive Speech & Behaviors

Mom keeps asking me the same question over and over……Dad tells us a hundred times a day he needs to go to work (he’s been retired for 20 years)…..Dad insists on taking the car to the garage (we sold his car 3 years ago)…Mom thinks she has to cook a huge meal for our family…

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Guilt

Ahhhh guilt.  We all share some level of guilt as we deal with our loved ones’ who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s natural and to be expected. So where does this guilt come from? We can look at many sources and of course each individual caregiver’s situation is different. **I have a family of…

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