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The Joys of Visiting People With Alzheimer’s

September 16th, 2014

After retiring last Spring I’d decided to volunteer to visit a few people at a local memory care facility. I got the idea from my dogs’ veterinarian, Ann McHugh, DVM, who volunteers to visit people in a hospice care facility. Ann told me it was rewarding, and I’d heard the same thing from other friends[…]

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Man With Alzheimer’s Shows That Chivalry Isn’t Dead

September 9th, 2014

Ed, my beloved life partner of 30 years, had been charming and chivalrous for as long as I had known him. One might have expected these qualities to disappear once he developed Alzheimer’s, but the opposite occurred. He became even more charismatic than before. I was deeply touched one day when out of the blue[…]

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The Profound Innate Joy in Human Life – Alzheimer’s or Not

September 2nd, 2014

After a pleasant drive to the Alois Center on a crisp fall day, I arrived and walked down the hall to Ed’s room, wondering what type of mood he was in that day. When he first saw me his eyes lit up and he said “Oh, it’s you! Oh, I am so happy to see[…]

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An Excellent Resource for You – The Alzheimer’s Association Website

August 25th, 2014

The Alzheimer’s Association website is an excellent resource for caregivers. To access the caregiver resources, click on “Life with Alzheimer’s” at the top of the page and then click on “Caregiver Center.” There you’ll find several major links. To get an idea of the breadth and depth of information provided, click on each one of[…]

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The Other Side of the Coin: When Lack of Inhibition Is a Wondrous Thing

August 18th, 2014

Lack of inhibition is a trait of many people living with Alzheimer’s. It can lead to unwanted behaviors, as I discussed in my previous article on the topic. However, as with many things to do with Alzheimer’s, there is the other side of the coin. In my personal experience, lack of inhibition can be just[…]

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When Lack of Inhibition Leads to Negative Behaviors

August 11th, 2014

According to an article published on, “as dementia slowly robs self-awareness, the person becomes less inhibited, losing both the memory of how he or she once behaved as well as a sense of social norms. It’s as if an internal filter on what’s polite behavior or not is turned off.” What Happens: Loss of[…]

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People With Alzheimer’s May Yearn to Be Touched

August 4th, 2014

Research has consistently shown that touch can be beneficial to people living with Alzheimer’s. For example, scientists at UCLA studied the physiologic effect of touch. They concluded that touch can dampen symptoms of the disease. Specifically, they found that it decreases stress, increases the relaxation response and decreases anxiety. An article by D. L. Wood[…]

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Worried About Your Loved One’s Memory? Here’s When to Take Them to the Doctor

August 1st, 2014

Let’s take a look at the most-often cited list of ten signs of Alzheimer’s disease, presented in a PDF on the website of the Alzheimer’s Association: Memory loss that disrupts daily life Challenges in planning or solving problems Difficulty completing familiar tasks Confusion with time or place Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships New[…]

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Could Your Family Benefit From Family Therapy?

July 29th, 2014

Conflicts can arise when a family member has Alzheimer’s. Carole Larkin, a geriatric care manager in the Dallas area, says that 30% of her family clients experience conflict. And she says that is doubled for blended families. Most conflict centers around what type of care should be provided to the person with Alzheimer’s. Other arguments[…]

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Could a Therapist Help You? When to Consider Getting Professional Help

July 25th, 2014

Some Indications You Might Benefit From Seeing a Therapist: There are several situations in which people can benefit from therapy. Two important ones for Alzheimer’s caregivers are:  When you feel overwhelmed by your stress or  when you are seriously depressed. Let’s look at each of these in a little more detail. Stress: The Alzheimer’s Association[…]

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