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Letter: More funding needed for Alzheimer’s care

There are more than 110,000 living with Alzheimer’s in our state and more than 348,000 family members and friends are acting as unpaid caregivers.

Fellow Washingtonians who attended the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC, said Congress was listening to their explanation of the burden that Alzheimer’s places on our nation.

This […]

There’s Hope for Cannabis-Based Alzheimer’s Treatments

Sadly, there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). It is one of the most debilitating of mankind’s diseases, and for those assisting in the treatment of AD it is also one of the most perplexing.

The pharmaceutical industry has made valiant efforts to provide AD sufferers with drug options designed to improve their […]

ESSAY: My Name is Karen… and I’m a Dementia Caregiver, Part Two

Here’s a sketch from Karen’s life as a dementia caregiver:

It’s not yet daylight. Karen has awakened from a dream in which her husband is vital, smiling and articulate. They have been enjoying a lovely evening and he has given her a gift, like times past. Just as she is about to open it, she […]

24-Hour In-Home Caregivers: Are you paid for sleep time? If not, read this article.

Caregivers for the elderly are regularly required to provide overnight care to their clients when working 24-hour shifts. In fact, many caregivers provide full support and assistance to their elderly patients throughout the night, as well as general supervision and companionship. Overnight care is necessary for many patients who suffer from dementia, wake up confused […]

Workshop offered for family dementia caregivers

Family caregivers are the backbone of community-based services, providing over $450 billion of unpaid services across this nation. To support local family caregivers of people with dementia, First Baptist Church Maryville is offering a workshop developed by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI). The Dealing with Dementia Workshop provides tips and strategies for […]

Letter: Alzheimer’s caregivers need strong support

Currently there are million people living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050 the projection is 14 million will be affected. This is currently a tremendous strain on our health care system and care providers. It has been reported that care providers are also stressed financially and medically in the care of their loved ones.

Government funding needs […]

Coming face to face with Alzheimer’s: Caring for loved ones with the disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.

More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. In 2019, these caregivers will provide an estimated 18.5 billion hours of care.

That’s valued at nearly $234 billion, and very few of those caregivers […]

Virtual dementia experience opens the mind, touches the heart

I wish I could tell you more about my experience with the Virtual Dementia Tour, but honestly, I don’t remember as much as I’d like.

And that’s not my lame attempt at cracking a joke.

The Virtual Dementia Tour, according to Georgia-based creator company Second Wind Dreams, is a “hands-on experience created to provide critical […]

What they don’t tell you when your parent is diagnosed with dementia

Four years ago, at the age of 69, my dad Stuart was diagnosed with dementia. At the time it wasn’t a shock. His short-term memory had always been bad, and I share the same genes as him in that respect.

It was his doctor who spotted the early signs and referred him to a memory […]

Five Ways to Help People Living with Dementia Thrive

There are also services available to help people living with dementia maintain as much independence as possible and live a healthy and productive lifestyle, like Envoy America. Envoy America offers door-through-door service where the Driver Companions not only drive, but also provide assistance and companionship at all points along the journey, from pushing a grocery […]