Tag: dementia

National Memory Screening Day is November 13: Five Things You Should Know

Worried about last week when you forgot your hair appointment? Concerned about your spouse’s recent forgetfulness? National Memory Screening Day may be something you want to consider. The 10th annual National Memory Screening Day will occur on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Initiated by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), the event coordinates community sites across... Read more »

“Ruth & Erica” Doesn’t Hold Back About the Perils of Caregiving

I’m not really a YouTube junkie, so I was skeptical when I heard about a slick new caregiving series airing online. Yet “Ruth & Erica” has gotten my attention, and I plan to watch it in its entirety. Why? Because it’s painfully real. The show – created by Amy Lippman for the woman-centered WIGS channel... Read more »

Korean War Medic with Dementia Still Cares for His Fellow Soldier

Several months ago, I told you what my grandma taught me about dementia; namely, that there’s still a person in there, even in the very latest stages of the disease. A Korean War combat medic named Augie Angerame has taught us the same thing. You see, Augie’s dementia has progressed to the point that he... Read more »
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When I am an Alzheimer’s advocate, I shall wear purple…

This Friday, September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day. What, you say? Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just have a “national” day – it’s actually got a “world” day? 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 or a related... Read more »

Three Ds Caregivers Need to Know: Dementia, Depression, and Delirium

When I worked as a mental health consultant in nursing homes, the most common call I received went something like this: “Carrie, Mildred’s really acting up this week. Do you think you could get the doctor to increase her Alzheimer’s meds?” My response was always the same: “Did you check for a urinary tract infection?”... Read more »

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference: Balancing Hope with Realism

Alas, I was not able to attend the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver this month, but I did follow it closely on the organization’s website. The event attracted over 4,300 scientists, physicians, and other professionals in the Alzheimer’s community who gathered to discuss findings from their most recent batches of research. If your eyes... Read more »
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Alzheimer’s Association Plays Key Role in Illinois General Assembly Triumphs

If you don’t usually feel very optimistic on Friday the 13th, then let this news change your tune today. Something good has sprung forth from the muck that is called the Illinois General Assembly. That’s right, something good and, dare I say, hopeful. © Illinois.gov If you care for someone with Alzheimer’s or a related... Read more »

Working Mothers Caring for Those with Dementia: A Startling Report

We know there are more women than men with dementia, namely because women live longer and dementia is more likely to occur in older people. But do we think enough about the fact that the majority of dementia caregivers are also women? Let’s take it a step further. Among women caregivers, do we realize that... Read more »

Share Your Opinion on the Stigma of Dementia with Alzheimer’s Disease International

Calling all caregivers and persons with dementia! Have you ever felt stigmatized because you or your loved one has dementia? Do you feel that your family is treated with respect, dignity, and acceptance in the context of your loved one’s disease? Do you have adequate opportunities to access the resources you need to provide dementia... Read more »
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Advance Directives: Pathways to Peace for Caregivers

A few weeks ago, I shared with you the important lesson my grandma taught me about dementia. Today, my mind turns to my other grandmother – my mother’s mother – who died eight years ago today from complications of a massive stroke. Grandmother was in her favorite room when the stroke occurred like a bolt... Read more »