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November 2012 Newsletter

 

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

In the United States, the month of November is distinguished as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  Throughout the month, advocates raise awareness, families honor loved ones who lost the battle to the disease, sponsors hope to raise additional funds, and some families might mark milestones as they care for those living with the condition.  November is the time to focus on Alzheimer’s so that we can move towards a cure, writes Derek Jones, a … Read the rest »

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August 2012 Newsletter

After support group ends, attendees form their own group

For caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, support groups provide much needed information, a place to air their burdens, and companionship with people in a similar situation.  After their eight-month class on memory loss, five couples and two single women did not want their camaraderie to end, reporter Dominique Fong wrote for The Oregonian.  One couple, Dave and Hallie Caswell, said their love and care for their fellow … Read the rest »

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May 2012 Newsletter

Living with Alzheimer’s and talking about it

Kathy explains her Alzheimer’s diagnosis this way: Now I am caught in the tension between remembering and forgetting.  Kathy is a 62-year-old registered nurse who is doing what she can to hold onto her life.  Angela Carella, a reporter for The Advocate, a Stamford, Conn. newspaper, describes Kathy as a fighter.  Kathy, who wants to keep her last name private because not everyone knows of her diagnosis, has already defeated cancer and … Read the rest »

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April 2012 News

Writer laments that his mom no longer knows who he is

It is so surprising, but it is almost inevitable.  Chuck Gomez wrote that he would never forget the moment when he realized his mother no longer knew who he was.  Gomez, a playwright and former Emmy Award-winning television news journalist, called that event a devastating reality.  While he knows it is bound to happen to every child of a parent with Alzheimer’s, he could not believe that it was … Read the rest »

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December 2011 News

Some guidance for family and friends visiting loved ones with dementia

Nataly Rubinstein, a licensed clinical social worker and certified geriatric care manager, addresses a common concern of family members who may live far away from loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. While they may know about a loved one’s recent diagnosis, family members and friends, who have not recently visited their loved one, may wonder what to expect and how to act, Rubinstein wrote for The … Read the rest »

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April 2011 News

“Last in, first out” brings painful memories of a recollected daughter

Many people are surprised to hear their patient with Alzheimer’s disease belt out the words to a song that was popular decades ago.  Similarly, a trip down memory lane may be the best description of some of the stories told by patients with Alzheimer’s.  That is where the motto of “last in, first out” enters into the world of Alzheimer’s disease.  Lisa Moore serves as the primary caregiver for … Read the rest »

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