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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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What is Your “Plan B?”

“Plan B” – What do I mean by that phrase? As a caregiver for your spouse, you are currently living “Plan A.”   If you are the primary caregiver, you are most likely a woman and have total responsibility for your husband’s care.  You might have some assistance from your children, or perhaps a neighbor might…

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Starbuck’s Lament by Jed Waverly

  Starbuck’s Lament by Jed Waverly   Sleeping soundly as the clatter of pans and spirited voices create a din, He is oblivious to the chaos around him, embraced in the arms of Morpheus. Protected from worldly concern and calamity, he rests in the comfort of cushioned leather, His hand tremor slow, not demanded for…

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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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We have a Choice!

“Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.”  “I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as…

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Why Am I Thankful?

Our family has moved numerous times over the years due to my husband’s field of work.  Each time we needed to make a decision about whether or not he/we would accept an offer, we went through this process. We found it to be very helpful, in so  many ways.  We developed 4 lists – pros/cons…

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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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