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Caring for a Parent with Dementia

When a diagnosis of dementia is made, the physician is pivotal in providing the knowledge and resources that are needed to care for the patient. Because family members provide the majority of care for persons with dementia, they are an essential … Continue reading

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Dinner with Dory

Recently an acquaintance shared the story of going to dinner with some long-time friends and their elderly mother.  She said “It was like having dinner with Dory from Finding Nemo”.  The mother, you see, has some very prevalent memory issues.  Throughout … Continue reading

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What if…?

“I wish I had met you a few months ago.”  I hear some variation of this phrase weekly from people I meet through both networking and personal events.  The comment comes from people who have experienced family caregiver in some … Continue reading

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Fall is Here…Let the Chaos Begin!

Summer is usually a slower time for most of us.  Though it may seem like there is a lot going on, it is mostly fun focused activities.  The weather is nice and the days are long. The summer is a … Continue reading

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Coping with Loss – Twice

Having worked in geriatric health care for over 20 years and having facilitated hundreds of caregiver support groups, I have become aware of a somewhat universal phenomenon associated with Alzheimer’s caregivers which I have termed the “double death”.  (I tried … Continue reading

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Random Stop Syndrome

While at a conference in Las Vegas, I experience a phenomenon I refer to as “Random Stop Syndrome”.  While walking through the casinos people would come to a sudden and complete stop for no apparent reason setting off a chain … Continue reading

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Book Review of “If I Walked in Her Shoes” by Richard R. Blake

“If I Walked in her Shoes” is a fictional account of the struggles, small victories, and the underlying love that reinforce relationships. Susan Salach has carefully created a composite of characters made up of real people from her personal and … Continue reading

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