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Workshop provides strategies for dealing with dementia

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

Caregiving is increasingly falling to young people, especially minority millenials

With Alzheimer’s disease expected to impact 16 million individuals in the US by 2050, younger generations will increasingly assume caregiving responsibilities. More than a third of today’s caregivers are employed full-time. As millennials take on more and more informal caregiving responsibilities, public and workplace policies must consider financial assistance or other support (e.g., family leave […]

Dementia and delight

But over the last few weeks, I’ve heard from many readers responding to a story I wrote about dementia, caregivers, and churches. And I’ve been moved by the current of delight that runs through the suffering in many of those messages.

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Area support group prioritizes dementia caretakers

Terry Cummings, Kim Galloway and Sondra Wiedenfeld have experienced firsthand the effects of providing care to family members with dementia.

They all have channeled those experiences into the Richmond-Rosenberg Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, which is dedicated to providing tools and advice for those taking care of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or […]

At home with dementia

In the U.S., there are almost five million people with mild to moderate dementia, and studies show that about 70 percent are at home, either alone or with a caregiver, often a spouse. If people with mild to moderate dementia can stay home safely, this would save Medicare and Medicaid a great deal of taxpayer […]

LETTER: There are resources to help protect those with dementia

Prior planning is key to keeping residents with dementia safe and at home.

The story of the Mattapoisett man that wandered away from his home made me think about the importance of proactive planning by caregivers of seniors with dementia. Proactive planning and developing strategies for keeping seniors with dementia safe can prevent tragedies.

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Winter dementia: Change in season linked to mood changes in Alzheimer’s patients

It’s colder, gloomier and the days are shorter – and for people with Alzheimer’s disease winter can have an added impact.

A new international study has found a change in season has been linked to decreased cognitive function and a heightened change in mood among patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Having the conversation about Alzheimer’s

Needing to have a talk about Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss with a parent can be a daunting task for many adult children. For seniors, the idea of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can trigger fear, anxiety, or even grief. It’s no wonder some adult children put the conversation off, once they see the initial […]

Communicating with those who have Alzheimer’s disease

Caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is a long, arduous journey. On July 29, the Community Center sponsored a talk by Cathy Morse of Spectrum Generations to help current and future caregivers with their work.

Morse, the family caregiver specialist for Spectrum, shared a wealth of experience and information that […]

Analysis reveals economic cost of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are ‘tip of the iceberg’

A new research review highlighting the hidden costs of dementia suggests that traditional measures only show the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of the cost impact on society.

The analysis, from an international team of experts from academia, research institutes, health care organizations, consulting firms and Alzheimer’s Research UK, looked at the true cost of Alzheimer’s […]