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Alzheimer’s and Humor: An Alzheimer’s Patient’s Funny Trick

October 24th, 2014

After finishing each meal at the Alois Center, Ed would always clean his spoon with a napkin, wrap it in another napkin, put it in the breast pocket of his sport coat and take it back to his room. He knew very well he shouldn’t be stealing those spoons. Pretty soon his room would have[…]

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A Special Concert in Ed’s Room

October 17th, 2014

“Please wear a tux,” I said over the phone to the classical violinist I was hiring to play a special concert for Ed in his room. As I was talking to Don to make the arrangements, I described Ed’s dementia, adding that he had been a college professor who loved classical music. When Don arrived[…]

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Attending a Support Group Could Improve Your Quality of Life

October 7th, 2014

What Is a Support Group? A support group is a regular meeting of people with the same illness or life situation (such as being a caregiver). Support Group Formats: Some groups are structured and educational, bringing in speakers; in others the primary purpose is for members to share their feelings and experiences as well as[…]

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One Man’s Descent Into Alzheimer’s – Does Any of This Sound Familiar?

September 30th, 2014

The Beginning of Ed’s Long Journey Downward  Ed was my beloved Romanian life partner of 30 years. Today my mind flashed back to the first months of 2000, when his dementia began to become more prominent. For example, I did all of his grocery shopping. When I suggested some items to buy for him at[…]

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How to Visit a Friend With Alzheimer’s

September 23rd, 2014

Family members or other very close loved ones who are accustomed to visiting may have a set routine and may have learned some or all of the tips below. But if you’re a friend visiting for the first time, or if you don’t visit the person very often, you may feel awkward and not know[…]

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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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