About the Blog

This blog focuses on  Alzheimer’s research developments,  caregiving tips, and other information that may be helpful for families living with Alzheimer’s and other causes of dementia.   The blog tries to drill below catchy media headlines to fully explain new developments and their implications in plain English.

The caregiving tips reflect the experience and insights of the staff and others who regularly work in this field.  We hope the articles add to your understanding of this disease and help you with the daily challenges of caring for someone with dementia.

Our contributors

Heather SawitzskyHeather Sawitsky serves as a Director of Project Development and Legal Counsel for White Oak Cottages. A former associate counsel at the Massachusetts General Counsel, Ms. Sawitsky has a master’s degree in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health, and has been certified as a trainer of the Alzheimer’s Association Habilitation training curriculum.   She has focused on issues of the delivery and cost of care for seniors for many years. Her interests in Alzheimer’s and dementia grow from her family’s experiences.  She has served as a Fellow at the Green House Project and was extensively involved in the planning and development of White Oak Cottages.

The White Oak Staff.  The White Oak staff is comprised of nurses and certified nurses aides selected for their interest in working with dementia.  All have received additional training from White Oak in dementia care and effective teamwork. The staff ‘s insights, based on their interactions with many people, provide family caregivers with practical and effective suggestions on how to successfully engage with those with Alzheimer’s.

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