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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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DOES HOSPICE MEAN GRANDPA IS DYING?

That is a valid question that grandchildren, and their parents, will ask. Many people react to the word “Hospice” like we used to react to the word “cancer.” It was the “C” word and no one wanted to say it out loud. Back in the 1980’s Alzheimer’s was the “A” word and no one wanted…

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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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Serious Head Injuries

The New England Patriots have just won another Super Bowl Championship! After all one of the “American dreams” is to play football, get a college scholarship and make it in the NFL. What could be better? National recognition, big money, travel, and your picture displayed in newspapers, on TV and on the cover of Sport…

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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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PLACEMENT OPTIONS

“Dad has Alzheimer’s and I can’t take care of him any longer, I guess I’m going to have to put him in a nursing home,” says a daughter who is the primary person caring for her Dad. There was a time when this might have been true. However, in 2014, we have options that didn’t…

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HOARDING: Keep…Donate…Dump

Hoarding is or may become an issue for some individuals with dementia. It’s one of those behaviors where “some will…some may…some won’t” experience the behavior. Hoarding is characterized by self-neglect, domestic squalor, isolation, indifference to life in general and serious safety issues. It is the excessive accumulation of “things” that are perceived to be important…

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The Dilemma of Holidays

Easter ~ Mother’s Day ~ Memorial Day ~ Father’s Day ~ Birthdays ~ Anniversaries…….  And then there’s Ramadan, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah… And the list goes on. What do we do about Mum or Nana or Uncle Bill on holidays? There’s no simple answer to this question. Families must look at…

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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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