Posts tagged "Alzheimer's"

Caregivers and Dancers Alike! Come Dance for Dementia on May 18

You might be wondering, What does she mean when she says “caregivers and dancers alike”? But I make that comparison with a sincere heart. You see, caregivers and dancers have something in common. They are both brave. They both put themselves out there to do something not many people do. And they both learn to... Read more »

When Alzheimer’s Hits Home: Six Ways to Help Kids and Teens

We often talk about the impact of Alzheimer’s on the person with the disease, on the caregiver, and on “family members.” But couched within that language is the assumption that we’re only talking about adults. What about the kids and teens who have a parent, grandparent, or other relative with Alzheimer’s disease? They are likely... Read more »

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Raise Your Voice at the Illinois Action Summit on April 2

As I listen to birds singing outside my office window for the first time in what feels like an eternity, I am filled with hope for positive change and making things anew. Perhaps this is why I think that 2014 is the best year yet for Alzheimer’s caregivers in Illinois to raise their voice at... Read more »
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Three Cheers for Record Increase in Alzheimer’s Funding

Finally, there’s something to cheer about in the government’s budget! Last week, President Obama signed into law the largest increase in Alzheimer’s funding in history, which will be implemented in Fiscal Year 2014. A record $122 million increase will go toward research, support, and services for those with Alzheimer’s and their families. Before you start... Read more »

“Drug ‘em Up” is No Way to Approach Dementia Care

Ever heard of “chemical restraints”? That’s the fancy term for the “drug ‘em up” culture that still exists in too many nursing homes today. It refers to nursing homes’ use of dangerous antipsychotic drugs as a way to control difficult behaviors displayed by people with dementia. What, you say? We still do that? Yep, we... Read more »

Einstein and His Mighty Corpus Callosum

Have you ever wondered why Albert Einstein was so dang smart? Thanks to researchers who recently published their results in the journal Brain, now we know: Einstein was well-endowed. That is, his corpus callosum was well-endowed. In fact, the researchers called this amazing part of his brain a “superhighway of connectivity” that helped the right... Read more »
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Strut Your Stuff for World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. What, you ask? Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just have a “national” day or week – it’s actually got a “world” designation for a whole month? That’s right. And it should, considering that according to the Alzheimer’s Association, 35 million people around the world and their families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease... Read more »

Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness on Your Rear End

Of your car, that is. Kudos to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Illinois legislature for working together to raise Alzheimer’s funds and awareness at the same time. They came up with an ingenious way to do it – via specialty license plates. On August 9, the legislature passed House Bill... Read more »

Late-Stage Dementia: How to Reach the “Unreachable”

I once told you the precious lesson my grandma taught me about dementia – namely, that we should never, ever consider someone with dementia “unreachable.” Even if the person has not spoken in years, there’s still a person in there, and that person can be reached on a very human level. Somehow, communication can occur.... Read more »
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“Reminiscence League” Helps Baseball Fans with Alzheimer’s

Given the recent crackdown on baseball players using performance-enhancing drugs – and the disgust that many of us feel toward the sport right now – a baseball story may be the last thing you want to read. But this one is different. It’s a good one. You’ve got to trust me on this, considering that... Read more »