Part 2: How to Respond When a Person with Dementia Asks if Someone Has Died

Note: This article is the second part of a three part series sharing the wisdom of Katya De Luisa, a dementia educator and author of “Journey through the Infinite Mind–the Science and Spirituality of Dementia.” Read part 1 and … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Is Early Detection and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Possible Before Symptoms Arise?

Dear Angel,There’s been so much talk about the new Alzheimer’s drug that was just approved by the FDA. I’m wondering-- what progress has been made when it comes to early detection of Alzheimer’s, before symptoms … [Read more...]

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Can You Still Live Alone if You Have Early-Stage Alzheimer’s?

When Kimberly was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she took it as a devastating blow. She experienced the gamut of emotions anyone would feel after such a shocking discovery about oneself, including shock, denial, and … [Read more...]

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How Alzheimer’s is Different for Women and Men

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four years ago, 75-year-old Elaine still enjoys jigsaw puzzles, knitting, and dancing. She manages day-to-day life with the help of a GPS tracker – prompted after a trip on the wrong bus – and with … [Read more...]

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Why Do People with Alzheimer’s Remember Old Memories While New Memories Fade?

 Q. I recently went to visit my father, Paul, who has Alzheimer’s. I posted a picture of us on Facebook, which prompted several cousins who lived nearby who I rarely see to visit while I was there. His first cousin, … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: An Advance Directive Specifically for Dementia

Dear Angel,I recently read about Advance Directives that deal only with dementia. What is included in them and is it a good idea to create them in addition to other incapacity planning documents?Thanks!Dee … [Read more...]

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From Grief to Compassion: The Changing Face of Alzheimer’s Care

Marie sits at a table in the dining room at the memory care center, reading the Washington Post and sipping some iced tea. She greets a visitor who enters with a big smile. She points out the view of a quiet tree-lined street … [Read more...]

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When Mom and Dad Both Have Dementia

Q. My mother, Mary, is in a world of her own. I call it “Mary-land.” She often walks around in circles fussing about the “people who are breaking into the house." We live in a quiet safe neighborhood, which hasn’t had a break-in … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Alzheimer’s Breakthroughs in 2018

Dear Bebe,I have read so many stories about Alzheimer’s “breakthroughs” this year. What are some of the most promising ones?Thanks,Bray KathrewsDear Bray,Despite millions of dollars and years of research, … [Read more...]

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Veterans Benefits for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Q. I read that Veterans who experienced brain trauma in the course of their service are at a 60% higher risk for developing dementia, while those who have experienced PTSD are twice as likely.My father is a Vietnam Veteran who … [Read more...]

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