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November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month – Video

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and a great way to tell the story of Alzheimer’s in America is through the above video, created by the Alzheimer’s Association.  The video is short and informative, and the background music is very...

Sleep: The Brain’s Washer?

It turns out our mothers were on to something when they told us to get to bed, and we would feel better in the morning.  Now there is the science to back that up.  And it may even have something to contribute to the Alzheimer’s field. A paper published in Science this...

September is World Alzheimer’s Month

    September is World Alzheimer’s Month – Just a Few Facts For the second year, September is proclaimed World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma.  Worldwide, dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common...

Communicating with a Person with Dementia

Keep Tone, Clarity and Goals in Mind Because of the cognitive changes with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, communication is often challenging.  Dementia is a broad term that refers to a decline in mental ability significant enough to interfere with daily life.  Of...

Do I Have Dementia?

You may have wondered this yourself. I hear this question fairly frequently.  I have been in many situations where someone who is young (under age 60), will question whether the memory lapses they sometimes have are a sign of early stage dementia or...

To Care with Dignity

Earlier this month I attended a professional conference with many of my fellow GCM colleagues. We were fortunate to have as a speaker, David Troxel, co-author, with Virginia Bell, of the Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care. This was the second time in the last...