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Aliceheimer’s: Seeing Daily Caregiving as Opportunity

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Alice came to live with her daughter, Dana Walrath, when she could no longer live alone due to Alzheimer’s disease. In the Walrath’s Vermont home, different threads of their lives and talents came together in new ways:

Dana’s father had read Alice in Wonderland aloud to his family when his children were young, and Read More…

How Do Palliative and Hospice Care Differ?

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Palliative care is an emerging medical specialty that is often misunderstood. Taken literally, to palliate means to alleviate or soothe. Palliative care focuses on treating the symptoms of serious illness, not on curing the underlying disease. People use the terms hospice and palliative care interchangeably, but there are important distinctions.

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Ideas for Activities

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One difficult challenge friends and families of those with dementia face is having meaningful visits. As the underlying disease progresses, patients lose the ability to carry on a general conversation. So how can you have a meaningful time together once words are elusive?

Judith Levy, an occupational therapist, has considered this Read More…

Geri Taylor: An Alzheimer Portrait of Courage

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Most people resist telling people that they have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. These newly diagnosed fear, with reason, that news of their illness will repel friends, and maybe family. There is tremendous stigma attached to Alzheimer’s. Information found on the Internet often focus on violent outbursts, hallucinations, personality changes Read More…

WHEN SHOULD YOU WORRY ABOUT YOUR MEMORY?

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When are lapses in memory normal, and when are they symptoms of cognitive decline? Each week I seem to speak with someone who is worried about memory loss. They report problems remembering people’s names, being more easily distracted, taking longer to do projects, or standing in front of the refrigerator Read More…

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