Category Archives: Alzheimer’s disease

Why we missed the signs of my mom’s lewy body dementia

Robin Williams also suffered from the disease, often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s

By Candy Schulman for Next Avenue

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I never imagined my mother would have anything in common with actor and comedian Robin Williams. But when his widow revealed that he suffered from Lewy body dementia, she said, “Lewy body dementia killed Robin. It took his life.”

She linked this READ MORE

When should you ‘talk’ differently to someone with dementia?

As the disease changes, so should your method of communication

By Eileen Beal for Next Avenue

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If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you will notice that as the condition worsens, so does your loved one’s ability to initiate or participate in conversations; understand and process information; READ MORE

Potential treatments ahead for Alzheimer’s disease

Foundation announces promising research in the fight against the illness

By Rita Rubin for Next Avenue

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When geriatrician and neuroscientist Dr. Howard Fillit went to medical school in the early 1970s, he’d never heard of Alzheimer’s disease.

Since 1998, though, Fillit has directed the Alzheimer’s READ MORE

‘The Odyssey’ in a long-term care community

Performing a play based on the epic poem transformed its participants

By Anne Basting for Next Avenue

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Several years ago, I participated in a project that taught me something remarkable about aging and long-term care. The arts can transform long-term care into a meaningful experience — for people with dementia and those living independently. READ MORE

How to create meaning in dementia care

Everyone deserves to feel needed and have a sense of purpose

By Mike Good for Next Avenue

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One of the most important things to a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s is to know their loved one is happy. However, they are often so overwhelmed by the responsibility of caregiving, that the fun of being together is lost.

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How Sharing a Life Story Helps Dementia Caregivers

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If you’re the primary caregiver of a person with dementia, you know your loved one’s likes and dislikes. You can read their moods. You know their routines and the people in their world. Nobody can care for them the same way you do. But the act of sharing your loved one’s life story empowers others to better understand his or her traits, to connect and to provide better dementia care. In turn, you receive peace of mind when you take time for yourself.

Conveying personal info lets others connect with your loved one

By Mike Good for Next Avenue

One day while I was volunteering at a local adult day care, we had a new visitor who was confused and very unhappy that her daughter had left her there with us. She was agitated and was trying to leave.

Luckily, READ MORE