Category Archives: Dementia

Turning memories into poetry in dementia care

Mind’s Eye Poetry workshops prove creativity persists despite cognitive decline

By Molly Middleton Meyer for Next Avenue

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Credit: AJK Images Caption: Molly Middleton Meyer working with residents of an assisted living center.

When I’m asked the proverbial question, “What do you do for a living?” my response is always met with an awkward silence and then the inevitable, “Oh.” Writing poetry with people who are living with dementia is an unusual occupation.

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What banks are doing to curb elder financial abuse

Why some are proactive, but others are afraid to be

By Juliette Fairley for Next Avenue

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An increasing number of banks and credit unions are implementing fraud-prevention initiatives to prepare for the onslaught of aging Americans expected to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

They are training tellers “to flag potential suspicious behavior, READ MORE

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.”

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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

Zentangle for Alzheimer’s, dementia patients

Bonnie Pewterbaugh holding the Zentangle she created, inspired by the designs on the placemats.

Bonnie Pewterbaugh holding the Zentangle she created, inspired by the designs on the placemats.

At the annual Alzheimer’s Conference luncheon in November, guests were invited to draw right on their placemats. Wichita artist Bonnie Pewterbaugh created the interactive mats with a design and directions for creating a Zentangle.

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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

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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