Posts tagged "dementia"

Village for Those with Dementia Shines with Dignity

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Perhaps it takes a village to care for a person with dementia too. Imagine a place where people with dementia could live with freedom yet safety; independence yet supervision; consistency amid inevitable change. Sound too good to be true? That’s because it only exists in... 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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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 »

Results from the 2013 State of Illinois Alzheimer’s Disease Plan Survey

Have you ever wondered what the heck Illinois is doing to meet the needs of families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease? If so, you may find the results from this survey interesting. Administered by the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Illinois Chapter, it reveals that Illinois is indeed doing something about Alzheimer’s through the array of programs and... Read more »

Dance for Dementia on June 23

If you live in Chicagoland and are caring for someone with dementia or simply care about this cause (in which case, many thanks and blessings), you might want to check out this innovative social event and fundraiser. Dance for Dementia, coordinated by North Shore Dance Therapy in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, strives to connect... Read more »
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Community Care Programs in Illinois are Safe – For Now

I would guess that a slew of caregivers who read this blog know all too well the value of community-based care. If you’re not sure what that is, think of the home health care and adult day care services that have allowed your family member to live at home instead of move into a nursing... Read more »

Caregivers’ Coping Skills Impact Dementia’s Rate of Decline

What? That sounds like a pretty daring claim. Does this mean that caregivers actually have some degree of control over how fast their loved ones’ dementia progresses? According to an impressive study at Utah State University, yes. But before you begin to either jump for joy or tremble with panic, let’s look at the study... Read more »

Managing Difficult Dementia Behaviors: An A-B-C Approach

Maude came to a caregiver support group wringing her hands together. When the other caregivers asked what was wrong, she said that her husband, Chet, had dementia and had started becoming agitated in the late morning. Even though Maude made sure Chet ate a good breakfast and was clean and dressed, around 10:30 AM he... Read more »
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Chicago Psychiatrist Allegedly Prescribed Dangerous Drug to Thousands of Nursing Home Residents – Just for Kick(back)s

What? A case of fraud, kickbacks, and unethical behavior in Chicago? I’m shocked! Not really. But I am really disgusted. And pissed. I’m pissed because the victims in this alleged crime are Chicago’s very own nursing home residents – one of the most vulnerable populations in our community. You may have seen in the news... Read more »